Dry brushing is an effective and simple way to help cleanse your body and improve the appearance of skin.
Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is a key player in elimination. Our skin is quite a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that help protect us from the environment, interact with the environment (for example in producing vitamin D, sensing the world around us), support us in detoxification and more.
One third of toxins in our body are eliminated through our skin. Our skin is one of the 4 pathways (5 for females) for our body to eliminate toxins – the other pathways including peeing, pooping, exhaling, and for females, through monthly cycles.
Dry brushing helps to release toxins, support our immune system as well as improve the look of our skin, including helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite!
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- Use a long-handled, natural bristle brush. You can purchase a dry brush at most health stores and they are usually quite reasonably priced.
- Dry brush before a shower, or any time that works for you (for example, you can make it a part of your morning routine). You may want to at least stand in the shower, as dead skin is likely to fall off.
- Starting with your feet, brush in sweeping motions towards your heart. You can brush several times in one area as you make your way around your body. I like to start with my left leg, then my right, move towards my torso, then my arms and end at my chest. Your skin may feel a little sensitive at first, but it will get used to it – just don’t brush too hard to the point that it’s painful.
Regular dry brushing is simple and offers many benefits including:
- Stimulates your lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is a large component of our immune system and is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Unlike our circulatory system, there isn’t a pump (your heart!) to help keep the system flowing. The movement of our muscles essentially does this job and dry brushing can also support your lymphatic system to work properly to ensure toxins and waste don’t build up.
- Exfoliation. Dry brushing helps to remove dead layers of skin and clear clogged pores, all which help to improve the appearance of skin.
- Reduces cellulite. Maybe I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but this was the tipping point for me to dry brush regularly. Dry brushing can help to soften fat deposits below the skin and remove toxins, which help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Increases circulation. When circulation is increased, elimination is encouraged. Good-bye toxins!