The skin is the largest organ in the body and consists of numerous sweat glands, blood vessels and nerve endings. Although it protects us from the elements, our skin also aids in waste removal, digestion and circulation. Over time, skin can change or become damaged due to a variety of factors. Serums, creams and cleansers do a lot to keep skin healthy, glowing and blemish-free, but dry brushing can benefit not only skin health, but overall health as well.
Dry Brushing Benefits
Detox your body from the outside-in while keeping skin healthy, radiant and blemish-free with one of the oldest beauty secrets around. But, there are other benefits as well:
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. The result is increased cell turnover and more radiant, smooth skin.
If you\’ve noticed that your skin is red after dry brushing, it\’s not just a result of irritation, and it actually isn\’t a cause for concern. The redness, which is just a bit of inflammation, is the result of increased circulation in the areas you\’ve been dry brushing. Your body is simply pushing more blood to those areas.
Plumps the skin
Many swear their cellulite is less noticeable after dry brushing, due to temporary plumping effect it has on the skin.
How to dry brush
Dry brushing can be gentle or harsh, depending on the brush a person uses and the pressure they apply. For this reason, it is a good idea to test out some different brushes to find one that feels right.
Once someone has their brush, they can try dry brushing once a week to begin with. They could then increase to a few times per week if they wish.
To dry brush:
- Remove clothing and begin brushing up the arms with a clean body brush. Use long, light strokes. It should feel pleasant.
- Repeat this on different areas of the body, such as the chest, back, and legs. Avoid sensitive or delicate areas.
- Next, use a softer brush, especially for the face. Again, the pressure should be light.
- Get into the shower or bath and rinse the skin off.
- Pat the skin dry with a towel and apply a moisturizer.
If dry brushing feels unpleasant, harsh, painful, or causes redness or inflammation, try lighter strokes. If these sensations or symptoms continue, stop using the brush.
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