The Health & Beauty Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
Our skin is the longest and largest organ, stretching from our heads to our toes, covering our bodies. Nearly one-third of our blood circulation goes to the skin. Yet believe it or not, our skin is one of the most toxic part of our body and it is responsible for eliminating most of the toxins coming from inside our bodies.
So one would think the skin deserves the same care and attention as our internal organs like the heart, lungs or kidneys right? Despite this pretty well-known fact, not much attention is paid to the well-being of the skin by most. We tend to concentrate on facial skin even though unlike the internal organs, our skin doesn’t require any expensive medication.
Simple habits and techniques that take very little of our time are all our skin needs to stay healthy and get rid of toxins. It’s a matter of getting into a good habit, being consistent and keeping it up.
One of the little known habits for detoxifying our skin is "dry brushing". Yup, dry skin brushing as it is known, involves brushing the surface of the skin for about 3 to 5 minutes. This practice massages the skin which helps with exfoliation and improves circulation.
Note: This might seem far fetched, but truth is that many European Spas, Skin Therapy and Cancer Clinics around the world have been using this process.
The Lymphatic system and our Blood Circulation : Unfortunately, from the food we eat, the water we drink to the air we breathe, toxins are ever present in our environment. To top it off, our organs release toxins as well and our lymphatic system has to get rid of it all. Thats a tough job and any help you can give it is beneficial. So by improving your blood circulation when you Dry Brush your skin, you are helping the lymphatic system become way more efficient and it gets rid of the toxins much faster.
Kidney Functionality and Digestion: When the lymphatic system detoxifies, extra water and toxins stored in the lymph nodes are also expelled. So would our cells need to replenish their nutrients? Yes, they would. So repeating this cycle will digest food faster and thus provide valuable nutrients to the cells.
Your kidneys will thank you as it makes their job of filtering the body system easier thanks to a high functioning skin and fast-draining lymphatic system.
The Nervous System: It is important in the functions of our body. Remember most of the nerve endings are near the surface of the skin. They are in constant communication with the brain to help us react to different situations accordingly. So just think that if you regularly dry brush your skin, you are activating these nerve endings and giving them a boost in the right direction. Its like exercising. If we do it regularly, we are fitter than when we don’t do it so much.
Stress Relief: Doctors and therapists have attested to dry skin brushing being a great means of releasing stress and recommend it to many of their patients. I mean think about it; some good slow dry skin brushing is both relaxing and beneficial.
Absorbing nutrients: As we exfoliate and use masks for our facial skin, lets remember that our body’s skin has dead cells, damaged hairs, and sweat as well as effects of pollution blocking our skin’s pores just like our face does. Regular daily showers and/or baths are not enough to get rid of these problems. To enable the skin to fully absorb nutrients that our bodies need, frequent dry skin brushing helps open up the pores to eliminate waste and absorb the nutrients, moisture and sunlight that enhances our body’s well-being.
The “C” word - Cellulite: A known problem that is fought daily by many with potions and creams. The skin dimples as the subcutaneous adipose tissue protrudes to the surface. This is a connective tissue that stores fat and insulates the body. Unfortunately, when it gets loaded with too many toxins, its protrudes the skin over specific areas of the body causing these dimples.
With dry brushing, you are able to massage the tissue breaking down the toxins that may be stuck in it. The broken down toxins are then eliminated through the skin and other organs like the kidneys. If you exercise and eat a healthy diet, it will speed up the elimination process started by dry skin brushing. And remember - Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
If the skin is regularly dry brushed daily, blood flow is enhanced and over time strengthens the skin, giving it a natural glow leaves it looking and feeling smoother. Reducing the effects of aging are reduced.
- The best time to Dry Brush is before your bath or shower.
- Please make sure your skin is dry.
- Beginning at your feet, brush your skin in circular motions upwards in the direction of your heart.
- Maintain a slightly firm pressure as you dry brush, but DO NOT use too much pressure that it becomes uncomfortable or damaging to the skin. You will notice your skin reddening a little after dry brushing. However, skin abrasions are not ok. Do not Dry Brush if you have an open wound. Avoid the area so as not to infect with any bacteria.
- It is recommended you brush 2 to 3 times a week. If you have sensitive skin, try once a week and see how you feel.
- Take a shower after and make sure you either use sunscreen if you are going out in the sun, or a good body lotion otherwise.
At the end of the day, this simple process of Dry Skin Brushing is so beneficial both for health and beauty of the body and the skin. Not only will you feel and look better but it make you more alert and relaxed.