Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

The skin is the body’s largest organ and has a variety of nerves, glands and cells which work to protect the body from invaders and regulate temperature. Our skin allows us to produce vitamin D from sunlight exposure and it is a major detoxification organ. However, if our skin is congested it will not be able to efficiently detoxify or perform a variety of its functions. Dry skin brushing is a powerful tool that you can use to improve the health of your skin and body.

Here are 4 of the health benefits of dry skin brushing.

Exfoliates skin

Dry skin brushing is a great way to remove dry, dead skin cells and reveal healthy new skin.

Stimulates lymph flow

The body contains a huge network of lymphatic tubules that contain lymph fluid which collect toxins from our cells and transport them to the blood to be eliminated in a process known as lymph drainage. Our lymphatic system is pumped when we move our body and if we do not pump the lymph it becomes stagnant and waste accumulates in the body leading to health complications. Dry skin brushing encourages lymph flow and proper detoxification.

Reduces the appearance of cellulite

Cellulite is an accumulation of fat and toxins that become trapped in certain areas of the body and can’t be eliminated. It becomes dimpled and many women find it affects their confidence. Dry skin brushing helps to break down these compounds and encourage their elimination from the body. It may not be an immediate solution but it can reduce the appearance and amount of cellulite over time.

Unclogs pores and de-congests skin

Dry skin brushing removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores so the skin can breathe and absorb more nutrients.

Buy yourself a body brush with natural bristles and a long handle so you can easily reach every area of your body. Start brushing from your feet, moving up in gentle sweeping motions towards the heart to encourage lymph drainage. The pressure should be firm but not painful so avoid “scrubbing” and causing redness. Sensitive areas like the face, breasts, genitals and any area that is irritated or damaged should be avoided. After you have brushed your entire body, get in the shower or bath and rinse off. Continue dry brushing once or twice a day and you will soon see the benefits!