What if I told you there was a simple health and beauty trick that only takes five minutes (or less!), costs next to nothing, and helps your body inside as well as out?
Sound too good to be true? Read on!
Dry skin brushing is the secret! Dry skin brushing is one of Ayurveda’s cleansing philosophies. Ayurveda is the 5000-year-old science originating in India and is believed by many to be the oldest healing science.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and, along with your kidneys, liver and colon help to remove impurities from your body. Around one-third of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through your skin!
What is Dry Brushing for your skin?
Exactly what it sounds like… brushing your skin with a dry brush, usually before showering. You can experience the many health benefits of dry skin brushing in minutes each day.
How does dry brushing work?
As we age, our bodies become less efficient at shedding outer layers of dead skin cells which can make our skin look dry and dull. Exfoliating this outer layer stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing moisture to the skin surface leaving it fresh, vibrant and free of breakouts.
Absorption of nutrients and oxygen
Regular dry brushing removes debris from your skin which increases the absorption of oxygen and other nutrients into your body.
Strengthens your immune system
Increased circulation boosts white blood cell production and antibodies to strengthen your immune system.
Helps release fatty deposits (cellulite) under your skin’s surface
Brushing problem areas can help to minimise and eliminate annoying fatty deposits, so give those areas an extra brush!
Rejuvenates your skin cells
The stimulation from dry brushing increases skin cell renewal, helping to prevent premature ageing.
Increases muscle tone
Boosting blood circulation increases the oxygen in your muscles.
Improves skin texture
By removing dead skin cells and stimulating natural oil production, your skin will look and feel soft and smooth.
Helps prevent premature ageing by increasing natural collagen production
Collagen production decreases as we age, but dry brushing can encourage your body to make more naturally.
Stimulates your lymphatic system
Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system by aiding the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in elimination, helping to move toxins through the body. There are lymph nodes throughout our bodies, but the inner thighs and armpits have the most, so pay extra attention to these areas when brushing. The lymph system flows towards the heart, so it’s important to sweep in the same flow as the lymphatic system.
Giving your body a firm dry brush all over has rapid internal as well as external benefits. It stimulates blood and lymphatic flow, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the skin surface and carting away wastes via the lymph nodes and skin. It rids the epidermis of dead cells so that the skin can breather better and encourages new cells to regenerate. It also stimulates the production of sebum, which defines with age. The result is smoother, softer skin.
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How to dry brush your skin
It’s best to dry brush before you shower, starting with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
Use a natural bristled brush, a loofah or even a dry rolled up towel if you have sensitive skin. Nylon brushes or gloves can be sharp and may damage your skin, so avoid using them.
To stimulate your lymphatic flow, always brush toward your heart with a soft, smooth stroke. Your skin will look slightly pink and feel lightly tingly afterwards.
Avoid broken, bruised or sensitive skin.
While there are many different ways to exfoliate your skin, dry skin brushing is my favourite! All you need is a natural bristle brush, loofah or even just a rolled up dry towel for sensitive skin, so you can do it anywhere, anytime! Dry brushing not only gives you smooth skin, but it also helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. It also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated, so it's a great way to start your day!