If you haven’t already heard of dry body brushing, it is time you do. Many celebrities including the likes of Miranda Kerr have adopted this holistic technique for enhancing their inner and outer beauty. Dry body brushing is one of the best things you can possibly do for skin. Here are the details….
What is dry body brushing?
As the name indicates, dry body brushing is the technique of brushing the skin without using oils or water and with a special brush.Skin is the largest organ and one of the most important tools used by our body to eliminate toxic waste. Almost one quarter of our body’s detoxification is done by our skin. When we sweat, the skin is actually throwing out about a pound of acid outside the body. The skin is also the last organ to receive nutrients from the blood, but it is the first to show signs of deficiency and imbalances in the body.
If this is the case, then we all have been seriously overlooking our skin.
Thankfully, this can be changed by adopting the dry body brushing technique which has now been proven to aid our skin in its important task of waste elimination.
How to perform dry body brushing?
Dry body brushing is best done using a natural boar bristle brush or pumice stone. Use this brush all over your body while your skin is dry. Do not wet the skin with water or other lubricants or perform the technique while bathing. In fact: if you use the brush on your wet skin, the water might cause the brush bristles to stick together making it lose its effectiveness. Only use the brush on dry skin. You can either start from the neck proceeding downwards towards the feet or vice a versa. The key is to use gentle long and circular strokes or upward strokes towards the heart, as this is the direction that best stimulates all the lymph nodes in the body. You can adjust the pressure of the brush so that you do not experience any irritation or pain. It is best to do the dry body brushing technique at least once or twice a week before bath time. Following the procedure, your skin’s pores open up, so once you shower, the dirt and debris accumulated in them can be eliminated with ease.
4 Important benefits of dry body brushing
1. Elimination of toxic waste
Dry body brushing can eliminate toxic waste from the body. The skin has lymph nodes that are the main detoxification channels of the body. These act like a drainage system: they circulate the lymph fluids gathering all the toxic waste from different parts of the body and take it to various waste-elimination organs like the liver, bladder etc. Often, the lymphatic system becomes sluggish and does not work like it is supposed to. Through regular dry body brushing, we can stimulate the lymph nodes so they work normally.Make sure you use gentle strokes towards the heart-the direction in which the lymph fluid always travels.
2. Boost blood circulation
When the circulation system does not work like it is supposed to, the result is varicose veins, water retention, swollen limbs and face, fatigue, lack of energy etc. Unfortunately, most people do not get the exercise they are meant to and their sedentary lifestyles affect their circulation further. Through techniques like massage and dry body brushing, one can rectify this. Dry body brushing stimulates the blood to flow properly and in turn activates the oil and sweat glands to give a healthy glow to the skin.
3. Reduction in cellulite
Cellulite is also a result of poor lymphatic drainage. The lack of blood flow and poor lymphatic circulation all lead to cellulite which is nothing but fatty accumulation in the cells. All these factors also cause the connective tissues to harden resulting in a ‘dimpled’ appearance on the skin. The dry body brushing procedure can stimulate the lymph nodes and improve circulation to reduce cellulite formation.
4. Skin exfoliation
Another major benefit of dry body brushing is skin exfoliation which eliminates dry and dead skin cells as well as bacteria trapped on the skin to reveal healthier and younger looking skin. Dry body brushing also helps in reducing ingrown hair as well as lumps and bumps on the skin’s surface.When done regularly, it can help eliminate acne and blemishes.
Important things to remember when dry body brushing
- Use only the best quality boar bristle brushes or a brush having tiny dots on the bristle’s tips to perform a gentle massage action on the skin.
- Replace or wash the brushes regularly to remove dead skin cells and bacteria that invariably get trapped in it.
- Try and brush daily or at least once or twice each week before shower.
- Use long gentle strokes and avoid being too abrasive or rough when you brush. Your aim is to stimulate your skin and not cause irritation or bleeding.
- Avoid brushing near open wounds or blisters.
Dry body brushing is the best thing you can do for your skin as it will make it look amazing. The technique is quite like massage and can help you feel good and eliminate stress. Your muscles will also feel more relaxed and your mind will become worry-free! Enjoy dry body brushing everyday!