Your Guide to Dry Skin Brushing
Posted on November 24th, 2016
Skin is the largest organ in the human body. One of the functions of our skin is to protect our bodies from harmful things in the environment such as the cold, the sun’s rays, germs and other toxic substances. Despite the skin’s importance, it is often neglected. Treatments like dry brushing help increase circulation and remove any toxins that are trapped in the skin.
Dry brushing is a wonderful exfoliation treatment that removes dead skin cells and improves the skin’s appearance. It also allows for deeper penetration of any moisturizers. Added benefit is that it can also help with those annoying ingrown hairs! Some say it helps cellulitis although there isn’t much scientific research to back this up.
That’s not all that dry brushing helps. One of the biggest benefits is that it aids the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for transferring white blood cells and eliminating toxins. Issues with the lymphatic system can mean a build up of toxins, a weakened immune system and inflammation. Dry brushing increases circulation by stimulating the lymphatic system.
How to do dry skin brushing
1. First things first, invest in a brush. Ideally a long handle is preferred so you can reach those tricky spots on your back. You also want one that has firm bristles.
2. Begin brushing at your ankles in small circular motions. Then begin to work up your body in longer smoother strokes. As the lymphatic fluid flows towards the heart, your strokes should be in the same direction.
3. For the stomach, work in a counterclockwise motion. Be gentle and make sure not to press too hard.
4. The back is the only exception where your strokes start at the neck and brush down to the lower back.
5. Finish with some coconut or body oil to moisturize your freshly exfoliated skin!
Do this treatment 2-3 times a week.