Happy November! Wow, where did this year go? I honestly feel like yesterday was 1st January! Crazy, right? Anyway… we are starting the month with a post about dry skin brushing. I’m going to tell you everything I know about it, from the benefits of it to how to do it. So, let’s get started!
I think you already know that the skin is the biggest organ you have, so it is only natural for it to give you signs when something in your body isn’t right. Every time you get a pimple, clogged pores, cellulite or something else, your skin is trying to tell you that at this particular moment something on the inside isn’t right. Your skin can get overrun with toxins and dead skin cells, which will make it hard for it to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently. Dry body brushing can greatly improve the health of your skin because it doesn’t only work on skin-deep level. Here are some benefits of it:
- Stimulates the lymphatic system- the lymphatic system is responsible for cellular waste products; if it’s not working properly, toxins can build up in your body. In this case dry body brushing works as a detoxification aid.
- Exfoliation- it also removes dead skin and clears clogged pores, which improves the aesthetic appearance of your skin.
- Increases circulation- by dry brushing your skin, you encourage the elimination of metabolic waste and increase the blood flow in your body.
- Reduces cellulite- dry skin brushing can soften the hard fat deposits below the skin; it may not eliminate cellulite completely but it will make it less visible.
- Stress relief- by doing it regularly, you can also reduce muscle tension, which is especially important for the ones among us who do sports on a daily basis.
How to do dry brushing?
Ideally you should look for a brush with bristles made from natural materials; a long handle may make the whole process easier, because you’ll be able to reach every part of your body. Start on dry skin before bathing and brush toward your heart (this technique is best for circulation and lymphatic systems). Brush your entire body, starting from your feet, then moving on to your arms and working your way up to your stomach, back and chest. Avoid any areas where the skin is more delicate. You should feel a firm pressure but it shouldn’t be painful, an average session can last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Repeat the process on a daily basis for best results.
What you shouldn’t do
Don’t brush inflamed or sunburnt skin; don’t brush freshly shaved legs and talk to your doctor in you have a severe dry skin condition.
Have you ever tried dry skin brushing? If so, did you like it and did you notice any improvement in your skin’s condition? Let me know in the comments below!