Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day? But sometimes toxins get stuck in the subcutaneous fat and fibrous tissue underneath our skin, increasing cellulite, causing lymphatic fluid build-up, and creating an overall imbalance in the body. Dry brushing is an inexpensive way to stimulate all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage.
Dry Skin Brushing: Benefits
- Reduces Cellulite
Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. Brushing dry skin is believed to tighten the epidermis and contribute to the breakup of this toxic material.
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.” When dead cells are exfoliated, new cells form more quickly. Skin not only looks healthier, it actually becomes healthier as dead skin is removed from clogged pores.
- Increase Circulation
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste. By activating the circulation you can also prevent varicose veins.
- Stimulates the hormone and oil glands
Dry brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands, thus helping all of the body systems perform at peak efficiency. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. So, give your kidneys a break—keep your skin clean and rejuvenated.
- Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
One of the most important benefits of skin brushing is the supposed effect it has on the lymphatic system. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. Massaging the skin with a brush, speeds up the flow of lymph and directly contributes to a stronger immune system and healthier body.
- Skin Appearance
A huge benefit of skin brushing is a drastic improvement in the appearance of the skin itself! The appearance of the skin also improves as new cells form more quickly, and the skin takes on a smooth luster that is noticeably brighter than the dull appearance of old, dry, and often wrinkled skin.
Dry Skin Brushing: How to Do It
First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. Ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.
Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes. Your skin should be pink after a session, not red or irritated, so avoid “scrubbing”.
You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head. It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a face brush), your genitals, or any areas with irritations. When you’re finished brushing, simply shower and you’re done!
You’ll find you get addicted to the energized feeling and clear mind you get from the process.