The skin is one of the most important organs in the body that is in charge of detoxification and elimination. The skin receives a third of all the blood circulating in the body. It is one of the biggest clues to indicated toxins in your blood. It’s also the first to show signs of deficiency but that last to receive the nutrients the body needs. Making sure you take care of your skin is so important!
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing for the skin is exactly what it sounds like, brushing the skin in one direction usually before showering. With dry brushing, you would brush your skin towards your heart, starting at the feet and hands, working towards the chest area.
Benefits Of Dry Brushing
It surely makes the skin soft but there are many other benefits.
1. Lymphatic Support
The lymphatic system is a big part of the body’s immune system. The lymphatic system transports lymph through the vessels. These vessels are located right below the skin. Dry brushing helps stimulate the normal flow of lymph through the body and helps detoxify the body naturally.
By releasing toxins, it helps the body discharge of metabolic waste so the body is able to run at its proper function. If you start to smell, it is not a bad sign, it is a sign that you are releasing toxins out of your pores.
2. Rejuvenates the Nervous System
It rejuvenates the nervous system through the nerve endings in the skin! At first, you might not like the feeling of dry brushing but over time it will start to feel relaxing. That is why most spas now offer dry brushing.
Dry brushing loosens and removes dead skin cells and naturally exfoliates the body (encouraging new cell growth). It promotes to unclog pores which lead to better absorption of nutrients. Dry brushing is one of the easiest ways to keep your skin soft.
4. Energy Boost
It can give you a natural boost of energy. This is why I wouldn’t recommend doing it at night, I made that mistake once! Dry brushing increases the blood circulation in the body which leads to a natural energy boost.
5. Helps To Prevent Blood Clotting
Dry brushing helps the circulation of blood flow to move at the right pace and can help to keep blood from clotting. When your blood is moving too slow it can get stuck and start to clot. So start dry brushing to get that blood flowing!
How to Dry Brush?
1. Start to dry brush in the morning and before showering
2. Brush in a gentle circular, upward motion. I like doing this better than longer smooth strokes.
3. Always begin with the ankles in an upward movement towards the heart. Your lymphatic fluid flows in an upward motion towards your heart, so it’s important to brush up towards the heart.
4. Your back is the only place where you start from your neck and brush down to your lower back.
5. After you finished the ankles, move toward your lower legs, thighs, stomach, back, and arms. Make sure you brush your armpits in a circular motion and then moving to the chest. Be cautious around sensitive skin areas and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sunburn, skin cancer or the breast.
6. Don’t brush too hard!
7. Shower and wash away all the dead skin cells.
TIP: Changing temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will help stimulate the blood circulation and bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
Selecting A Dry Brush
I suggest a firm, natural bristle brush with a handle, so you can reach the entire back and easily brush the bottom of your feet. I would get a set that includes a face brush and a body brush. You may like a softer brush when you first start but will eventually like a more firm brush after getting used to dry brushing.
Make sure you replace your brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will eventually wear out. I also would wash the brush every few weeks to remove the dead skin cells
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