Release toxins, soften skin, and minimize cellulite
If you are looking for a new health and beauty ritual that will keep you healthy, consider dry skin brushing. For centuries, people around the world have dry brushed their skin, so you can use this safe technique with a level of confidence. Brushing helps to detoxify your body, promote circulation. Plus, it feels great. In this article, I share the benefits of dry brushing your skin, how to brush, and other information that is important as you think about adding dry skin brushing natural health and beauty regimen.
The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
Your skin is the largest organ for eliminating waste every day. When you dry brush your skin, you do many wonderful things. You:
- Slough off dead skin cells that trap toxins
- Stimulate blood circulation
- Stimulate your lymphatic system, which is present just under your skin
- Stimulate your immune and nervous system
- Stimulate new skin growth
- Tighten and tone your skin
When done consistently over the course of months, most people notice soft skin, and some even claim that it can help to minimize the appearance of cellulite.
What You Need
To get started all you need is about 15 minutes with a good brush that is appropriate for your skin type. There are many types of brushes that you can use to brush your skin. Pay attention to texture and roughness. If you have sensitive skin, select a brush with softer bristles. If you buy a brush with a handle, you will have an easier time reaching your back and feet. Buy a brush with natural bristles.
You can buy a brush for under $10 at most health and beauty stores or from online merchants. The Purest Palm Body Brush from Amazon.com works extremely well.
When to Brush
Choose a time before you bathe or work out. The brushing of your skin clears your pores so that you can more easily sweat out the toxins during your shower or exercise session. Dry brushing takes only 15 minutes to do your entire body. It’s like a self-massage for your skin.
How to Dry Skin Brush
- Starting with dry skin and a dry brush, begin brushing yourself from the soles of your feet, using long or circular strokes. Feel free to repeat certain areas.
- Always brush toward your heart and keep the brush dry.
- Brush your arms and then the rest of your body, continuing to brush toward your heart.
- Adjust the pressure of your brush as necessary. Go lightly over sensitive areas or where skin is thin. Brush vigorously over tougher skin like on the soles of your feet. Your skin should not become red after brushing.
- Once finished, go ahead with your shower, bath or workout, clearing away all the toxins.
- After bathing, finish with your favorite moisturizer or natural body oil, such as olive, almond, or coconut oil (just a little will do the trick!).
- Enjoy the moment. As you cleanse your system, imagine yourself brushing all of your blues away. Don't rush.
- To prevent falls, consider sitting on a stool as you brush your feet.
- Consider dry brushing in the bathtub so that you can easily rinse away any dead skin.
- Of course, skip over broken or irritated skin. Some women will prefer to avoid brushing the tender skin of the breast area.
- For best results, practice dry skin brushing for three months. Wash your brush with soap and water once a week and dry completely.
Here’s a demonstration of the dry skin brushing technique:
Dry skin brushing is an invigorating and inexpensive way to pamper yourself. Those who make dry skin brushing a daily habit enjoy softer skin and a healthier body.