Dry brushing isn’t just something trendy that ‘crunchy’ people do, it’s a great way to exfoliate your skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and promote lymphatic drainage. After all the skin is our largest organ, with a total area of about 20 square feet. One third of our body’s toxins are eliminated through the skin and dry brushing helps unclog pores and eliminate toxins that become trapped in the skin.
Exfoliation helps shed dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal, allowing your skin to ‘breathe’, for a smoother, brighter appearance. Exfoliation also helps eliminate unsightly Keratosis Pilaris. You know those tiny pinkish bumps, otherwise known as ‘chicken skin’. It’s important to do this gently so that you don’t scratch the skin. You don’t want to break down the skin’s protective layer or cause irritation to sensitive skin. Exfoliating too much can also dehydrate the skin, which is the last thing we want to do.
Dry brushing helps break down unwanted toxins so your body can release them. Cellulite, that dimpled, lumpy skin that usually affects your thighs and buttocks, but can occur in other areas as well, is basically toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. While dry brushing won’t completely eliminate cellulite, you will see a noticeable difference in your skins appearance over time.
Our lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products from our tissue and transporting it into our bloodstream for elimination, referred to as lymphatic drainage. If your lymphatic system isn’t working properly, waste and toxins build up and make you sick. Dry brushing is a powerful detoxification aid by stimulating your lymphatic system to release toxins.
How can you get started?
A simple search on Amazon will provide you with several choices. However, a good body brush will be made of natural (not synthetic) stiff bristles and have a long handle which is ideal for reaching your back.
You will achieve the best results if done daily, so try to incorporate it in your daily routine either before your morning shower or after work. Avoid dry brushing too close to bedtime as it may leave you feeling energized.
When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for delicate facial skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).
Taking time out to indulge in a spot of dry brushing before stepping into the shower or bath is the ultimate act of self-care. By invigorating the nervous system through the activation of nerve ending dry brushing creates an electric sensation on the skin’s surface, energizing your tired body. When done consistently over a period of time, the skin becomes smoother, more radiant and softer to the touch. Meet your skin’s new best friend.
Be Healthy, Happy & Well,