Your skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects our bodies, allows us to experience touch, and helps our bodies maintain the right temperature. We take care of our skin by cleaning it, applying sunscreen, and moisturizing. Without skin, your muscles and bones would fall out all over the place. But did you know that there is a unique technique, called dry brushing, that is not only healthy for your skin, but also your overall health and wellness? Dry brushing, a unique and efficient method of stimulating and rejuvenating the skin, is a quick and easy routine that you can add to your regime that will give you numerous benefits.
But first of all, what is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is the act of taking a wide bristled brush and using it to brush your skin in gentle, natural strokes. Start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, work in a counter clockwise pattern. Be sure not to press too hard, or use too-stiff of a brush.
When you do your back, utilize a brush with a long handle so to reach those awkward spots, and be sure to shower right after so to wash away any dead skin cells that have accumulated.
The benefits of dry skin brushing are plentiful.
Some of the biggest benefits include:
Stimulates lymphatic system: Your lymphatic system is the body’s cellular waste removal system. The networks of tiny lymphatic tubules that reside under the skin allow waste to be collected from your body and tissues, and eliminate it through your sweat and waste. If your lymphatic system gets sluggish, toxins can build up and make you feel ill.
Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, and can help you to detoxify. You will notice that your body and metabolism run much more efficiently if these toxins and waste products are eliminated.
Increases your circulation: Your veins and arteries reside throughout your body, and especially in the layers directly under your skin. When you dry brush your arms and legs, your circulatory system gets stimulated. It’s effective, much in the way exercise gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing.
Gives you smoother, more radiant skin: Dry brushing will slough away dead skin cells and help to encourage new cell growth, which will make you look radiant and bright. It can also help you to get rid of ingrown hairs and will prep your skin for excellent absorption of self-tanners and moisturizers.
Stimulates nervous system: Dry brushing can help to rejuvenate the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
Stimulates the immune system: As mentioned above, dry brushing has a positive effect on the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in eliminating toxins from the body, and a buildup of toxins can be hard on your immune system. Thus, committing to dry brushing on a regular basis will help to keep your lymphatic system functioning properly and your immune system healthy.
Cleans clogged pores: Dry brushing can be helpful to unclog pores on your body. It is also helpful to reduce keratosis pilaris, a common condition that causes bumpy skin on your upper arms and thighs. Keep in mind that it is not recommended to use a coarse dry brush on the face as it is too harsh for your delicate facial skin.
Reduces cellulite: There is some evidence that dry brushing helps to break down fat cells that are trapped under the skin on the legs and buttocks – otherwise known as cellulite.
Increases your overall energy: If you dry brush first thing in the morning, it will increase your circulation and leave you feeling rejuvenated!
One of the other benefits of dry brushing is that it is an easy, inexpensive treatment that you can do at home. Just make sure that you purchase a natural bristled and good quality brush. Try dry brushing today and you will be amazed at the benefits.