You may have heard the term “dry brushing” recently and wondered what all the fuss was about. I know I have, so it’s time to clear up any misconceptions.
Dry skin brushing is not a fad. In fact it has been used by communities around the world for hundreds of years to promote good hygiene and optimized health.
Before we get too far, I’d like to start with the tools.
To truly reap the benefits of dry brushing it is important to use a brush made of good quality natural bristles. Like Goldie Locks once said, not too hard, but not too soft. It also helps to get one with a long handle so you can reach some of the more hard to get to spots.
Now that you’ve got the brush, you’ll want to practice brushing every day. When brushing, it is recommended that you move in circles towards the heart – to optimize circulation and blood flow – and start at your feet and work your way up.
I like to do it before I bathe so I can rinse away any excess dry skin loosened in the sweep.
So what is so great about this simple routine?
Here are 6 benefits to skin brushing that will make you re-evaluate your daily skin care routine:
- Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
Little do most people know, there is a body part responsible for eliminating free radicals and cellular waste from your system. It is known as the lymphatic system.
This series of lymph nodes and tubules collect the waste from your tissues and transport it to your bloodstream to be eliminated. This process is known as lymphatic drainage.
When your lymphatic system fails to function, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease.
Dry brushing effectively stimulates the lymphatic system, enforcing the purge of toxic waste and free radicals from your body. It’s a great way to detox without starving yourself on juice.
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, not only helping to improve the appearance of your skin, but clearing your clogged pores to allow your skin to breathe easy. Toxins can get trapped in the pockets of skin cells and promoted premature aging. Dry skin brushing is more than simply a beautification routine, it will leave your skin healthier.
- Increase Circulation
Similar to a massage, the act of brushing the skin helps to increase blood flow both at the surface of the skin and deep into the tissues. This has been shown to promote a healthy metabolism, boost immune system function and improve cardiovascular responses.
- Reduce Cellulite
Cellulite occurs when deposits of fat become comfortable on account of poor circulation.
Dry skin brushing can also help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin and distribute these fat deposits more evenly – which may diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Remember that bit about flushing toxins? By eliminating the toxins which break down the connective tissue, the body is better able to support a supple and strong appearance.
- Stress Relief
Mindful brushing does more than just improve your appearance, but can help calm the mind as well. Stimulating the muscles can help reduce tension in much the same way a therapeutic massage would and relieve pent up stress.
- Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
Some naturopathic practitioners use dry brushing techniques to help with bloating and indigestion. With improved digestion comes stronger kidney function.
The lymphatic system is connected to the kidneys and promoting the flush of toxins with brushing only furthers the health of our entire filtration system.