Dry brushing is an ancient practice that involves…can you guess?!… brushing with a brush that is dry, instead of wet. To be more specific, brushing your skin with a dry natural-bristle brush in order to help keep it healthy.
Keeping your skin healthy is important, because the skin will not be able to eliminate toxins and dead skin cells…In other words, if your skin isn’t healthy, then you are less likely to be healthy in general.
Exfoliating once or twice week allows you to slough off the millions of dull or dead skin cells…to help unclog your pores from dead skin cells, pollutants and cosmetics…and to stimulate the sweat and oil glands that provide moisture for the skin.
Exfoliating gives you a fresher and healthier appearance in general…but specifically skin that is fresh, vibrant and free of breakout, instead of the thick, dry and leather-y look commonly seen on “more mature” adults.
But the benefits of dry brushing are so much more than merely cosmetic.
Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and plays an important role in eliminating toxins–similar to the eliminating processes performed by the kidneys, liver and colon.
About one-third of the body’s daily impurities are excreted through the skin. If the skin is not doing its part in this elimination assembly line, the liver and kidneys must take up the slack and work even harder to get rid of the impurities funking up your systems.
Exfoliating, through dry brushing, ensures that the skin continues to carry its own workload in the important job of helping the body eliminate all the “the bad stuff,” such as toxins surrounding the skin cells, from our bodies.
Increasing circulation to your skin cells and clearing out your pores allows your skin not only to better eliminate this “bad stuff” but also take in more if the necessary “good stuff” such as nutrients and oxygen.
Dry Brushing and Cellulite…Cellulite–the dreaded “cottage cheese skin” often seen on the legs, butt, stomach and back of the arms–can be caused by fluid retention, poor blood circulation, weak collagen structure, increased body fat, hormonal imbalances, certain medical conditions, genetics, poor diet, and toxicity….and we all hate it and try to hide it, or at least most of us do.
Dry brushing can help minimize this appearance of cellulite by stimulating the cells, bringing fresh circulation to these areas of stored toxins, and breaking down these fat deposits that have collected beneath the skin.
Finally, dry brushing is great for reducing stress and anxiety, which in turn helps your immune system…and only requires one brush and about five minutes of your time each day.
The brush that you choose should have soft natural bristles…and a handle that is long enough to allow you to easily reach all areas of your body, like this Bernard Jensen Natural Tampico Bristles Skin Brush with Long Handle, available at your local CVS.
The best time to do dry skin brushing is right before you take your shower so that you can easily clear your skin of the lifted dead skin cells.
For best results, it’s important to do this every day.
Dry brushing normally will typically take three to five minutes. But take as much time as you need. Do not rush yourself.
First make sure that your skin is dry.
Start at your feet and ankles, then your lower legs, then your thighs, then your stomach, back, and arms. Work in gentle circular upward motions, then long smooth strokes.
Focus especially on any areas of concentrated cellulite.
Direct the flow towards your heart and your collar bones, where the main drainage points for your lymphatic system are. Brushing away from the heart supposedly will cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins.
Be sure to use only gentle pressure. This should be like a graceful sweeping of your skin, not an all-out attack. You do not want to tear the skin, break down the skin’s protective layer, or cause irritation to sensitive skin. Be especially careful to use gentle strokes on delicate skin like the skin on your breasts and upper chest.
Remember to brush all surfaces of your skin on your body– including the soles of your feet, your whole back, your armpits, and your inner thighs. When you brush your back, brush from the neck down to the lower back.