What if I were to tell you there’s a simple skincare trick that only takes five minutes a day, costs you zilch to do, and helps cleanse your body, inside and out?
Well, it’s an ancient practice known as dry skin brushing.
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like. You quite simply brush your skin in circular motions, starting at your feet and moving up your body, brushing towards your heart with a dry brush on dry skin before showering.
So how does it work?
Your skin is your largest organ and is also an organ of elimination. Did you know one third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin?!
Your skin plays a crucial role in detoxification, but if your skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently. Here’s where dry skin brushing comes into play.
5 Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
No. 1 Exfoliating
Dry skin brushing removes dead skin cells and in turn helps to improve your skins appearance, tone and condition. Regular brushing helps to keep your pores unclogged, aids in the prevention of in-growing hair and really leaves your skin lovely and smooth.
No. 2 Stimulates Your Lymphatic System
Dry skin brushing will kick start your lymphatic system in to gear, helping to remove toxins from the body and prevent toxins becoming trapped in the fatty layers under the skin. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.
This stimulation can help protect the immune system, improve digestion, reduce puffiness and skin blemishes and help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
No. 3 Cleansing
Dry skin brushing unclogs your skins pores and helps your skin absorb more nutrients, promoting healthier, fresher, brighter, clearer skin.
By helping to remove impurities, it can also help reduce spots and blemishes too.
No. 4 Increases Circulation
Dry skin brushing is a great way to really stimulate the blood circulation. This increased circulation to your skin brings more nutrients to deep skin layers which encourages skin cell renewal, helps slow down the aging process, keeps your skin looking younger and encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
No. 5 De-Stressing
Dry skin brushing can be quite a meditative experience and has been linked to improved mood, wellbeing and energy. It may reduce anxiety and muscle tension as well as helping to calm your mind and relieve stress.
It has similarities to massage, and is basically a mini self-massage in a way. Massaging helps to release endorphins (aka the happy hormone!) which help to relax the body and the mind.
How to Dry Skin Brush
First thing to note, remember to start on dry skin before showering.
Then, using a dry, natural bristle brush with a long handle (so you can reach all areas of your body) start at your feet and gently brush in gentle circular upward motions, then longer smoother strokes toward your heart.
Brush several times in the same area, overlapping as you go, and move up your body, from the feet and ankles up to your lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer more sensitive areas of skin like the breasts.
Also be aware you should never brush over inflamed, irritated skin, sores or sun-burnt skin.
Dry skin brushing should only take about 3-5 minutes for your entire body.
Once you’re done buffing and brushing, hop in the shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities, and if you’re feeling daring, alternate between the hot and cold water to really stimulate the blood circulation!
Optionally, after showering and drying yourself off, rub in some moisturising coconut oil to really nourish your skin and reap all the benefits.
Try this for 30 days and see the results for yourself!
Author: Emily Girling
Emily is a total foodie with a huge passion for organic, natural and whole food and a true love for wellness and healthy lifestyles to match. Six years of experience working in the retail health industry in Ireland and New Zealand has given her a wealth of knowledge across all aspects of health, from dietary choices and supplements through to lifestyle choices, plus an unavoidable itch to spread the word about it!
Emily is the online blogger for Nourish health food shop (www.nourish.ie) writing informative articles on health food, healthy lifestyles, recipes and health products available instore.