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July 13, 2019
With all the attention we give to ensuring our face is preened and pampered, isn’t it about time that we started taking care of the rest of our skin?
Basically, this type of brushing involves using a coarse, dry brush (this is the my favorite brush) to brush the skin in a particular pattern in order to improve skin quality and overall health.
You can pick up a dry brush at most health food stores or at Whole Foods. Make sure to pick one that is fairly stiff. The best time to dry brush is first thing in the morning, before you shower, but you can also do it before bed.
They say dry body brushing can:
Our lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste products from the body. Lymphatic tubules are located throughout the body in order to collect waste from the tissues and transport it through the blood to be eliminated.
A sluggish lymphatic system means waste and toxins won’t be moved out of the body as quickly as possible, leading to build-up in the tissues. This lymphatic congestion is believed to play a role in inflammation and disease.
Dry skin brushing is a fantastic tool to boost lymphatic drainage and keep the whole system moving – meaning you’ll stave off illness, and prevent toxin build-up.
Given that we are exposed to between 700,000 and 2.1 million different toxic chemicals a day – in everything from our food to our personal care products – dry brushing is a wise addition to any personal care routine!
Dry brushing the skin really gets the blood moving, increasing circulation and promoting overall wellness.
There are many symptoms caused by poor circulation, including a weakened immune system, coldness in the hands and feet, swelling and numbness of the extremities, varicose veins or fatigue.
Avoid all these, and more, through the simple act of body brushing.
It’s estimated that 98% of women get cellulite, its that dimpled skin on our thighs and booties.
Most of the lotions and devices on the marketplace are highly ineffective and a complete waste of money. Instead, experts recommend cutting out sugar and high-sugar foods, and sticking to a Mediterranean Diet.
They also say that stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage – through massage and dry brushing – helps by removing the toxins that lead to the breakdown of connective tissue.
Due to its detoxifying effects, dry skin brushing may even support a healthy digestive system.
This is because the lymphatic system functions with the digestive system to absorb dietary fats and fat-soluble vitamins (like Vitamin D), before transporting these fats into the blood.
Many health and beauty specialists use dry brushing to combat bloating because, once again, this stimulates the lymph nodes to remove the excess water and toxins that lead to that swollen feeling.
Follow your dry brushing session with a glass or two of warm water to stay hydrated and really help your body let go of that surplus water it’s retaining.
Our bodies shed between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells…every minute! And as we get older, the process of cell regeneration slows down – meaning the procedure of shedding old skin cells and making new ones takes longer. These old cells then begin to accumulate on the surface of the skin, leaving it looking dull and dry.
That’s why the crucial step of exfoliation should be a part of everyone’s beauty routine. Unsurprisingly, dry body brushing is a fantastic way to flake off these old cells and expose the fresh, new cells beneath – giving you a health, glowing appearance.
Don’t forget to moisturize afterward with coconut oil or shea butter – these natural oils will be even more effective now that they can penetrate the new skin without having to go through the old first.
Exfoliation isn’t just important to prevent the skin looking dull – it can also reduce blackheads and acne. The build-up of dead skin cells often results in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to these skin blemishes.
While it isn’t recommended to dry brush the face (unless you have a delicate facial brush), dry brushing helps reduce acne and blackheads on the rest of the body.
This is a common, painless skin condition characterized by tiny bumps on the skin – usually on the upper arms, thighs or cheeks. I have them on my arms.
I’ve heard that regular body brushing and moisturizing can help reduce the appearance of these bumps, or eliminate them completely.
Keratosis pilaris is also caused by low levels of vitamin C – so make sure you’re not deficient in this important nutrient.
When you take time out of your busy day to brush your skin, you may be surprised to find yourself relax.
Not only is the repetitive motion quite soothing (once you get into the swing of it), it can ease sore muscles and reduce whole body tension.
Because dry brushing gets the blood flowing, proponents often say it gives them a much needed burst of energy. Who doesn’t love that?! Which is why, dry brushing is best done in the morning, rather than at night.
In order to reap the full benefits of dry brushing, follow these steps:
Choose a Quality Brush
You can pick up a dry brush at most health stores. Make sure to purchase one made from natural fibers and not synthetic ones, as natural fibers are much gentler on the skin. One with a handle is best so you can brush all those hard to reach areas. This 3 Piece Dry Brush Set is a great option. It includes one brush with soft bristles, one with hard bristles, as well as a facial brush. The handles are interchangeable so you can opt for a short or long handle.
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