Benefits of Dry Brushing
Taking care of our skin seems complex - there are so many things to consider and so many things to do. It seems oily skin needs one thing and dry skin needs another. We are led to believe that tightening the skin may require laser therapy or even cosmetic surgery. There are appliances to buy, lotions to apply and pills to take.
That always makes me wonder - is there a single solution that can take care of all my skin issues together?
Luckily, there is. Dry brushing is the one-stop solution that gives skin a spa-like treatment within minutes. This technique is effective, time-tested and is so quick that it can be easily incorporated into our daily routine. Too simple to believe? Well, take a look at some of the benefits of dry skin brushing.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
The most basic benefit of skin brushing is that is exfoliates the skin. Our skin is made up of numerous tiny pores. Due to the everyday wear and tear, these pores get filled with dead skin cells, dust and many other miniscule foreign particles.
Dry brushing gently brooms our skin pores removing such particles and clearing clogged pores. It is a great exfoliation technique and the best thing you can do to help your skin breathe.
2. Helps the Excretory System
The skin is the largest organ in our body and acts as a barrier which protects all our other organs. You may be surprised to learn that your skin is responsible for sloughing off of 1-2 pounds of waste each day. Among other things, these waste materials include dead cells, sweat, toxins and excess minerals. Dead skin cells are actually good for our body in a certain sense, for as soon as these dead skin cells are discarded, new epidermal cells take their place keeping the skin looking youthful and fresh. Though our body’s excretory system does its best to remove these skin cells, often its efforts alone are insufficient. This becomes especially true as we age and if your lifestyle is one that allows many toxins to come in. That's where dry brushing comes in, facilitating the body’s excretory system in clearing the path for new cells to come in.
3. Stimulates the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system's task is getting rid of all the cellular waste in our body. However, if the body produces an excess of cellular waste (often due to dietary and environmental effects), such buildup of toxins and waste over time can cause the lymphatic system to choke and in turn we get sick. Dry brushing regularly is one of the most efficient ways to stimulate your lymphatic system and thus help it to eliminate waste effectively.
Finnish nutritionist and naturopathic physician Paavo Airola used dry brushing as a treatment for patients suffering from ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. He noted visible improvements in their conditions as a result of more efficient elimination of toxins from their bodies.
4. Reduces Cellulite
Every woman is aware of cellulite, the bumpy stubborn fat that puckers up skin and just won’t go away. Though cellulite in itself is not harmful, it looks unsightly and keeps becoming more prevalent with age. But it doesn't have to be this way!
When we dry brush, we apply gentle pressure on cellulite as well. When done regularly, this pressure starts softening the adamant cellulite. Over time, dry brushing shows impressive results in evenly distributing these fat deposits and hence fading the appearance of cellulite.
5. Smoothes Dry Skin Areas
The skin on our knees, elbows and heels remains the driest largely due to poor blood circulation and exfoliation in those areas, and thus hardens and gets rough. Dry brushing these particular areas will get rid of those dry dead cells and stimulates a rush of new healing invigorating blood to arrive. The result? Smoother, shinier and softer skin on your knees, elbows and heels.
6. Aids Digestion
The benefits of dry brushing go even deeper by helping support your digestion and organ function. Dry brushing helps with bloating for the brushing action acts as a massage on your lymph nodes which helps the body shed excess water and toxins.
7. Influences the Circulatory System
Even though you may be living an active lifestyle, it's likely your profession still requires you to sit in front of a computer screen for hours. Some of the most obvious effects are a sore neck and stiff shoulders, but there are also consequences for your body’s circulatory system.
When you dry brush, you will be reaching even the most unused body parts, which will help in improving blood flow in the body and promote better discharge of metabolic wastes as well as boosting your cell renewal capability.
8. Invigorates the Nervous System
Dry brushing lightly massages the entire body which reduces muscular tension and relieves stress. Also, as your skin also houses nerve endings, this skin stimulating process also stimulates the nervous system. Dry brushing regularly every morning can help you feel more calm and relaxed throughout the rest of your day.
Women all over the world spend hundreds of dollars on getting massages at a spa, getting liposuction and other surgeries done on their bodies and visiting salons regularly for innumerable skin care treatments.
But just a couple of minutes of everyday skin brushing can give you similar yet long-lasting results. That too without any hassle and without costing you a fortune.
All you need to begin dry brushing is a body brush like this. Just before hitting the shower, when your body is still dry, brush your body with strokes aiming towards your heart. After completing the body brushing session, take a shower and moisturize your body well with natural oil. Within a couple of weeks, you will begin to notice its effects - your skin will start becoming more radiant, and you may even feel more energy. In fact, dry brushing is so soothing that people often get addicted to it!