I was introduced to the idea of dry-brushing a while ago and remember my first reaction was thinking how strange of an idea it was to take a dry wooden and natural bristle brush to my skin in an effort to improve my overall health….that is, until i tried it. Now I’m hooked!! The difference it makes in the appearance, texture and tone of my skin, as well as the overall feeling of increased energy and weight loss has made nothing but a positive difference in my life. So, what makes dry-brushing so effective?
The skin is one of the body’s largest organs consisting of several layers and contains a diversity of interactive parts, such as glands, fat, hair and nerve endings that serve to protect our internal tissues and organs in some of the following ways:
protects our bodies from the threats of toxins and bacteria that can lead to illness and harmful diseases.
Protects our internal organs from injury
Protects from the loss and/or gain of too much moisture
Protects the body from dangerous ultraviolet rays
Helps regulate body temperature
Because of the vital importance of healthy skin to our overall health, dry-brushing is a proven practice to a healthier and more radiant you. The benefits of dry-brushing are multi-faceted:
Increased Lymphatic flow
Your skin will feel softer, smoother and after each brush session you will notice a boost of energy.
How often does your skin shed?
Our skin is composed of cells made of keratin. These individual cells are called keratinocytes. These cells also form our nails and hair as well. The skin has three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. The keratinocytes develop at the base of the epidermis where it meets the dermis and as the skin cell matures, and new skin cells develop underneath it, the older skin cells get pushed to the top of the epidermis where they die off. This top dead layer of skin is called your stratum corneum. On average it takes approximately a month for your keratinocytes to form the stratum corneum.
Benefits of Exfoliation
• Detoxification of the skin
• Brightens the complexion
• Gets rid of dead, dull skin cells
• Reveals healthy, younger skin
• Reduces fine lines and sun damage
• Improves skin tone
• Kills bacteria and prevents breakouts
• Improves product penetration and treatment results
How does dry-brushing help with detoxification?
Dry-brushing Increases circulation and lymphatic detoxification, which in turn leads to improved kidney function and digestion.
Massaging while dry-brushing the lymph nodes assists the body in shedding excess water and toxins. When your lymphatic system is clogged the toxins build up and ailments prevail. Although it has not been proven, some have noted an improvement in cellulite reduction as well.
For a quick and basic understanding of the Lymphatic System, you can view the YouTube video below.
In choosing a dry brush – choose one with natural bristles and wood. If the bristles feel stiff at first, they will soften with use. My favorite is a brush with a long wooden handle attachment which makes it so much easier to reach the full length of your back.
It is important to remember that when dry-busing, you should always follow the directional flow of your lymphatic system, starting from your big toe and moving in the direction of your heart. Brush upward in one direction up your legs to your abdomen, use clockwise circular motions on the abdomen, brush along the rib cage from back to front, brush from the low back along the top of the pelvis, around the hips and to the front, brush the chest from the sternum to toward the armpit following the line of the collar bone, continue brushing from the fingers up the arm towards the armpit. For video tips and guidelines, review the YouTube link below.
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