DRY SKIN BRUSHING
Hello friends, we are talking about dry skin brushing today. It is imperative as we start a cold but dry season.
Why should you care for your Skin?
The skin, the largest organ in human body, is an organ of elimination. The skin is a complex organ made up of nerves, glands and cell layers. When healthy, it serves as a buffer that helps protect the body from extreme temperature and chemicals. The skin also produces antibacterial substances to protect from infections and enables the body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. The skin contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to the brain, making the skin a crucial part of interaction with the world around. The skin plays the role of supporting optimal detoxification but if the skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate waste from the body efficiently. This is why dry skin brushing is expedient. It does not involve brushing off dead skin cells alone but also helps in activating waste removal via lymph nodes.
Dry skin brushing is exactly the way it sounds -brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush usually before showering. Dry skin brushing has a number of health benefits and very simple to do. It leaves your skin softer, pores clearer and leaves the whole body with more energy. Dry skin brushing energizes and stimulates the body. It speeds up chemical processes in the body and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs which help them do their jobs better. Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving the skin appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterwards.
BENEFITS OF DRY SKIN BRUSHING
- Exfoliation: Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead, dry skin which in turn improves the appearance, clears clogged pores and allows the skin the breathe
- It improves digestion and kidney functions: One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoothing skin but can help improve digestion and kidney functions
- Stress Relieve: The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative and may help reduce muscle tension, calm the mind and relieve stress especially when done in a quiet space.
- Stimulate lymphatic system: The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from tissues and transported to blood for elimination. This process is referred to as lymphatic drainage. When lymphatic system is not working properly, wastes and toxins can build up and make one sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.
- Increase Circulation: When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin which encourages elimination of metabolic waste.
- Unclogged pores and decongest skin: Dry skin brushing unclogs the skin pores and helps the skin absorb more nutrients. Daily skin brushing promotes healthy and breathing skin.
- Reduce Cellulite: Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposit more evenly. This may help in diminishing the appearance of cellulite.
Dry brushing is also said to reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissues although some believe the effect is temporary.
HOW TO DRY BRUSH
Dry brushing can be done daily preferably in the morning before showering.
Simple Steps to Follow:
- Buy a natural bristle brush with a long handle so it can reach all areas of the body.
- Get naked and stand in the bath tub to catch the fallen skin
- Begin brushing by starting at the feet and moving in a long sweeping motion towards the heart.
- Brush several times in each area overlapping as you go.
- Take care as the brush is used over sensitive areas like the breasts.
- Once the entire body is brushed, shower with warm water. This stimulates blood circulation bringing more blood to the top layer of the skin.
- After getting out of shower, pat dry skin and apply a natural fruit oil or coconut oil.
- Continue to dry brush until you attain your expected result. Twice a day is recommended.
*Always remember to clean your brush with soap and water weekly then leave to dry in a sunny spot.*
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- Dry skin Brushing: 7 Key Benefits: mercola.com; Take Control of your Health
2. A-Step-By-Step Guide to Dry Skin Brushing; Oliver Jenkins, 201