Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

Part of my My Kriya Cleansing Techniques post, including Oil PullingTongue Scraping, drinking Lemon Water and Neti Pot, I was also introduced to the health benefits of Dry Skin Brushing.

Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? Did you also know that every time you apply body lotion (for example), you are putting your organs at work to cleanse and detoxify the chemicals being applied to your body.

Besides cosmetic and beauty products, dry skin brushing rids environmental effects such as the foods we eat and toxins in the air, which clog our pores.

The purpose of dry skin brushing, helps stimulate the skin, ridding toxins from the  lymphatic system, which increases the normal healing process, naturally – how cool is that?!

I noticed the first time dry skin brushing, it felt like an all over exfoliation for my body.  After showering, I immediately noticed my skin felt smoother, brighter and rejuvenated!

Benefits to Dry Skin Brushing

  • Helps tighten skin as it increases the flow of blood, which also helps lessen the appearance of cellulite
  • Helps shed dead skin cells, which improves skin texture and cell renewal
  • Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  • Aids lymphatic drainage allowing your body to rid itself of toxins and metabolic waste, boosting your immune system
  • Improve muscle tone, by distributing fat deposits evenly, which also helps with pregnancy swelling and varicose veins.
  • Helps your skin breathe by eliminating clogged pores
  • Improves the health of your liver and kidneys, due to your body no longer relying on these organs for your daily detoxification process

How to Dry Skin Brush

You will want to purchase a natural brush (with or without a handle).  The handle is convenient to reach your back, so you may find a brush that detaches from the handle.

At the Yoga/Detox Retreat, I was instructed to dry brush my entire body, prior to getting in the shower; starting from my hands, to my arms, to my legs, to my abdominal, to my back, all while brushing towards the heart.

Brushing towards the heart facilitates detoxification, while brushing away from the heart can adversely affect circulation in the blood vessels and lymph system

Brush in circular motions, and pay close attention to areas which suffer from dryness or cellulite.

The feeling of the bristles will take some getting used to, so use light pressure where the skin is thinner and more pressure on tough/thicker skin.

This process will take an additional 5 – 10 minutes of your shower routine, so  be prepared in giving yourself that extra time pre-shower.

An important thing to note, is not to use the dry skin brush on your face. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, but the natural bristles are rough and will damage your face.

Also avoid areas such as rashes, bruises, broken skin, etc.

How often do I dry skin brush?

Some people wonder if dry skin brushing can be done daily.
The answer is yes.

If you are starting out, I would recommend doing it twice a week, until you move to everyday.

You don’t have to take a long full on shower – shampoo, shampoo again, conditioner, treatment, shave… I know ladies 😉

Just a quick rinse and you will be reaping the benefits of dry skin brushing.

Closing Words

By introducing dry skin brushing as daily routine, you are allowing your skin the ability to eliminate toxins from your body.

So if you are looking for tighter, firmer skin, save your money from toxic creams, and buy yourself a dry skin brush!

Do you dry skin brush?  Did you give it a try?  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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