Have you ever heard of dry skin brushing? If you have then do you do it? I first heard about it when I started studying nutrition. I got curious and I’ve been brushing ever since. It’s part of my natural skincare routine now and I definitely noticed many positive changes take place. I love to use a skin brush for the detoxing nature of it. Weekly lymphatic drainage massage would be amazing, right? But thinking more realistically, for me personally, that’s rather an expensive dream to have! So, dry skin brushing is a cheap version of it. It’s just that you yourself need to do a tiny bit of work, too!
For this inexpensive and wonderful addition to my natural skincare routine I like to use THIS brush, but if you would prefer something with a long handle, then THIS brush is also brilliant! Make sure you purchase a natural bristle brush and try to avoid the synthetic brushes.
WHAT IS DRY SKIN BRUSHING?
Here, on Healthy Happened, I will be talking a great deal about the skin, because just like the kidneys and colon, it is also responsible for the body’s detoxification each day. Other eliminative organs (did you know that skin is also considered an organ?), mainly the kidneys and liver may be under pressure and will have to increase their labour if skin becomes inactive with pores choked by thousands of dead cells. Skin does not only work as a protective shield to the body structure, but it also helps to regulate body temperature, works as a respiratory organ, performs absorption activities by assimilating oxygen and other nutrients, aids in elimination of toxic wastes from the body and much more. We must take a good care of it.
It may sound a little weird — brushing your skin. Ok, brushing your hair makes sense, right? But brushing your skin? What else we will start brushing you may ask! See, under our skin there is this thing called lymphatic system (I won’t go into technical details here, don’t worry), which is a very important part of our immune system. If not for your lymph, then you could do it for your skin as it is likely to become very soft.
5 REASONS TO DRY SKIN BRUSH
No 1. Exfoliation
Dry skin brushing helps to remove a bunch of dead skin cells, which allows the body to breathe just a little bit more easily. Especially as we get older it may be even more helpful to exfoliate to help increase cell renewal so we have a fresher appearance and healthier skin. Just do it really gently so that you don’t break the skin or cause irritation. Also, make sure you hydrate your skin afterwards.
No 2. Stimulates the lymphatic system
For our body to be able to optimally cleanse itself, we do need our lymphatic system to be in tip top order to remove all the extra ‘toxins’ (here I refer to chemicals, pesticides, medications and other not so good stuff that surrounds us). Skin brushing improves the surface circulation on the skin and keeps the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, and resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria, plus helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient! Also, by stimulating our lymph flow, we’re helping it to drain out more waste thereby boosting our immune system, too!
No 3. Increases circulation
Dry skin brushing increases circulation to your skin thereby encouraging the elimination of metabolic waste.
No 4. Aids the digestion system
The digestion system is greatly involved in the detoxification process. While dry skin brushing helps to unclog your skin’s pores and allows toxins to release a bit easier, it simply means that other eliminatory channels such as colon, liver and kidneys won’t need to work as hard to get rid of impurities.
No 5. Reduces cellulite
This is something that probably most women can relate to at some point in her life. Well, I sure can. Cellulite is simply normal fat beneath the skin, but it appears the way it does because it is pushing agains connective tissue. It’s not a sign that you are unhealthy or overweight whatsoever, but bumpy and dimpled skin just doesn’t look very appealing and welcome by any of us, right? Fluid retention, lack of circulation, weak collagen structure and increased body fat percentage as well as medical conditions, genetics, poor diet or toxicity are some of the many factors contributing to cellulite. Believe me or not, but dry skin brushing is one of the best ways to reduce it! So unless you have time and money to treat yourself to a massage regularly, I would highly suggest to get your blood flowing by using dry skin body brush few times a week before you shower! It will do wonders for your skin!
HOW TO DRY SKIN BRUSH?
I brush my entire body, except my face (for my face I use face scrub or my clarisonic) and groin area, starting at the soles of my feet moving up my legs, front (belly & boobs), buttocks, my back, and then I lastly brush my hands and up my arms. See the diagram on the left hand side. It’s best to focus the brush strokes towards your heart. I brush each part of the body vigorously several times.
Notes: I brush my abdomen in circular motions, in the direction of my colon – counter clockwise strokes, and I do lighter strokes over and around breasts, but remember to NEVER brush the nipples. Also, do NOT wet your skin. Brush only while it is dry. To check whether you are over sensitive to the activity, try to test a small area at first. If you don’t have any irritation and feel comfortable, then you can dry brush your entire body few times a week. Clean your brush every 1-2 weeks depending on the usage and let it air dry.
After skin brushing routine I do take a shower and I bathe as I normally would, followed by a cool rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation and stimulate surface warmth. I dry off and coconut oil massage myself before dressing. I do sometimes use Jao Goē Oil or Dr. Hauschka Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk as well.
I enjoy dry skin brushing routine very much indeed and I think you should definitely give it a go — it will change the health of your whole body when you make it to a regular habit!