Dry Skin Brushing [VIDEO]
Daily dry skin brushing (or bodybrushing) stimulates the lymphatic system of the body, which is your circulatory system’s waste removal plant. The simple habit of skin brushing reduces cellulite, detoxifies for beautiful skin and many other health and beauty benefits!
As I mentioned in this post, I started dry brushing to help increase my circulation and to promote a healthy lymphatic system. I noticed a difference in how invigorated I felt after the first time, and was amazed how much better my skin felt.
Our skin has a major role in detoxifying the body. It is the body’s largest organ and can excrete up to 2 pounds of toxins daily. The skin can become clogged with dead skin cells and cosmetics. If this happens toxins are unable to leave the body through sweating. Dry skin brushing is a cheap and effective technique that removes the dead skin cells allowing toxins to leave the body through the skin during sweating.
7 KEY BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING
Your skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that, when healthy, serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.
It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you.
Another crucial role your skin plays is supporting optimal 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.
This is where dry skin brushing can be invaluable, not only in brushing off dead skin cells but also in activating waste removal via your lymph nodes. Beyond this, dry skin brushing offers multiple benefits including:
1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System: In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage. When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.
2. Exfoliation: Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to "breathe."
3. Increase Circulation: When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
4. Reduce Cellulite: Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue.
5. Stress Relief: The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.
6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function: According to one skin care and spa experts, dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. Many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes help the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function and more.
7. It's Invigorating: Many people become "addicted" to dry skin brushing (in a good way) because it simply feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.
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