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Skin is the body’s largest organ.
It protects us against harmful things in the environment such as bacteria, it repels water and other potentially harmful substances, rids the body of toxins (through sweat), minimizes excessive water loss from the body, and protects the important underlying structures such as blood vessels, nerves, and organs. Given its incredible job, taking care of one’s skin is pretty important.
One of the ways I began caring for my skin, a few years back, was to incorporate dry brushing my body into my daily hygiene regimen. We brush our hair and our teeth every day, why not brush our skin too?
It might sound strange but here are five amazing benefits to dry brushing!
Our lymphatic system works in partnership with our circulatory system carrying lymph fluid that contains white blood cells which are responsible for our immune function. The lymphatic system carries the lymph fluid to the heart so it can be distributed into the bloodstream. Dry brushing the body assists in improving vascular circulation and lymphatic drainage (flow to the heart).
Our skin is constantly recreating itself. As skin cells die, new ones form. Dry brushing helps to exfoliate the skin. By brushing away the dead skin cells, we reveal the new, smoother, brighter skin underneath which gives us a healthier, younger-looking glow.
Not only does dry brushing help to clear away dead skin cells but it also clears clogged pores. Clogged pores not only contribute to acne but having clogged pores actually prevents our skin from absorbing nutrients that our bodies need.
Reduces the Appearance of Cellulite:
Cellulite is essentially caused by fat deposits that push up between the connective tissue of the skin. Dry brushing helps to redistribute those fat deposits and also helps to improve muscle tone, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating the nerve endings in the skin. The better the nervous system, the better the brain function. People who are in the habit of dry brushing usually feel great afterward, both physically and mentally.
Dry brushing the body is a great habit to get into and doesn’t take very long to do. Here’s how to get started.
First, you will need to purchase a body brush (or a set that contains a smaller, softer bristled brush for the face) like the ones here.
Don’t forget, this is dry brushing so do this before you take a shower.
The idea is to push the lymphatic fluid toward the heart, so begin at the bottom. Start with the soles of the feet using gentle strokes to brush upward, toward the heart.
Move up the legs, making sure to go all the way around each leg. Use the same number of strokes per body part. For instance, I use ten strokes per foot, then ten per lower leg, and ten per upper leg, etc.
Brush each hand (don’t forget the palms) and continue up toward the underarms.
Once you get to the torso, switch from brushing up and brush from top to bottom.
Gently brush the face in downward strokes toward the heart and continue moving down from there.
Be gentle on the tender, softer parts of the skin. Avoid any areas that are inflamed, burned or contain lesions.
Dry brushing is intended to be helpful to the body so listen to yours as you go through the process, adjusting pressure and avoiding tender areas as needed.
Shower after you are finished to wash away all of those dead skin cells.
Follow up with a good moisturizer. Make sure to use something that doesn’t contain toxins. My go-to moisturizer is plain coconut oil.
Replace your brush(es) every six months and clean them every couple of weeks. I simply use hot water with a little bit of dish soap and white vinegar.
Once you get into the habit of dry brushing your body, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to begin! The extra five minutes in your daily hygiene routine are definitely worth the amazing benefits you’ll experience because of it.
The benefits I’ve told you about are still under scrutiny. I am not a medical professional but am simply a woman taking responsibility for her own health and well-being. When I find things that help to make me healthier and to feel better, I get excited and share those things with others.
If you have your own experiences with dry brushing, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!