Some years ago, I received a luxe spa gift box. One of the items was a long wooden brush with very soft bristles. I thought it was a hairbrush, but it was too soft for my hair so I put it in a drawer. In a recent session with my massage therapist, she suggested I try dry skin brushing. She briefed me on the benefits, handed me some literature and said all I needed was a brush, holding one in the air. Ah, that’s what it’s for! If you are even slightly curious, here are a few key reasons to give Dry Brushing a try.
You should know that your skin is the largest organ in the body. It is the most important elimination organ of the body, playing a large role in daily detoxification. This large organ receives a third of all the blood that is circulated in the body. When the blood is full of toxic materials, your skin will reflect this with problems. The skin is the last organ to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to shows signs of imbalance or deficiency.
6 Key Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing:
Your skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that, when healthy, serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.
It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce Vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you. Another crucial role your skin plays is supporting optimal detoxification. If your skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently. This is where dry skin brushing can be invaluable, not only in brushing off dead skin cells but also in activating waste removal via your lymph nodes. Beyond this, dry skin brushing offers multiple benefits such as:
1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.
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. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is powerful detoxification aid.
Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to breathe.
3. Increase Circulation
When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
Dry skin brushing may help soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help diminish the appearance of cellulite. It is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue.
5. Stress Relief
The act of dry brushing can be meditative and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. You may feel you have had a light whole-body massage.
6. It’s Invigorating
Many people swear by dry skin brushing. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.
Dry Brushing: How to Do It
First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. They should feel stiff but not overly so. Ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back.
Practice it daily for best results. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine, such as doing your brushing before your morning shower. Avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it may leave you feeling energized.
When brushing, always brush toward your heart, you can brush your entire body, including the soles of your feet. Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing areas with irritations or abrasions. The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful. Avoid scrubbing. Your skin should not be red or irritated.
You can brush for as long, or as little, as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between 2 and 20 minutes.