We all know how good exfoliating can feel, right? Whether it’s good for our skin is a different matter, of course. So what do we think about the latest in beauty techniques: dry brushing?
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and most of time we only address the skin that can be seen. According to those who practise it, dry brushing can benefit not only your skin, but your whole body beyond the skin.
The skin is a made up of nerves, glands and skin cells, all of which create a complex barrier that helps to protect the body from the dangers of the world around us.
The skin also produces antibacterial substances which protect the inner organs from infection and also enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun which the body needs to function properly.
Dry skin brushing can help to remove the dead skin and toxic substances which lay on the top layer of the skin allowing it to ‘breathe’.
It can activate waste removal via your lymph nodes. If your lymphatic system does not work properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system, dry brushing can help it to release toxins.
Dry skin brushing is even said to help to soften those hard fat deposits which lie just below the skin and distribute them more evenly helping to diminish the appearance of cellulite. It also removes the toxins that break down connective tissues thus helping to reduce cellulite in this way also.
Dry Brushing: How to Do It
- Use a high-quality dry, natural bristle brush. Choose one with a long handle for those hard-to-reach spots
- Brush towards your heart, in circles, and which is said to be the best for circulation and your lymphatic system, starting at your feet and working up your legs to your arms and the rest of your body.
- apply firm but not painful pressure and do not ‘scrub’. White skin will be a little pink afterwards. All skin should be invigorated and tingly.
- Brush for between two and 20 minutes, or as long or as little as you like.
- avoid soap – we all know it’s bad for skin, especially dry skin!
- use coconut oil after your shower. Massage it in and feel wonderful!
photo source: Scottsdale rejuvenation
story source: Dr Mercola