So, we brush our hair and teeth every day (at least, I hope you do!), and we know that this keeps our hair shiny and healthy and our teeth free of tartar, plaque, and cavity-causing bacteria. But did you know there are many benefits of the ancient art of Skin Brushing??
If you’ve never heard of this before, you’re probably looking at the screen wondering if I made a typo or if I’m drinking and writing…haha…But let me fill you in on this very cool, very beneficial, and very inexpensive technique!
What exactly IS skin brushing?
Dry brushing is simply brushing your skin (entire body except your face) in a specific motion to support skin renewal, stimulate the lymphatic system (which in turn helps the immune, nervous and digestive systems), aids in the removal of toxins, exfoliates and gives you a sense of well-being. Dry brushing should be practiced each day, typically in the morning (before you shower.) source
So, Why should you brush your skin?
Your skin is your largest organ, and it is an organ of elimination as well as barrier to the environment. It is estimated that one-third of daily impurities in your body are excreted through the skin. As we age, our bodies become less effective in shedding outer layers of dead skin cells. And toxins in the air and our environment also prey on our skin (wrinkles = bad).
•Because your body health and functioning depends in part on your skin, dry brushing will help clear away dead cells and toxins on the surface to help you absorb oxygen and nutrients, and encourage cell renewal.
•You are clearing excesses that are clogging things up in your skin and elimination system when you Skin Brush! If dead cells and toxins build up, your skin loses its ability to get rid of toxins and it then it places stress on other organs.
•Dry brushing helps skin look and feel better as the build-up is removed. The skin will start to glow after regular use.
•Dry brushing stimulates your glands, providing more moisture for the skin to help it look and fresher more vibrant.
•Skin brushing works from the outside in as well. Importantly, it increases and supports blood circulation. This alone is important, but better circulation also contributes to healthier muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits.
•Skin body brushing stimulates the lymphatic system by aiding the flow of fluids in your body. Our lymphatic systems don’t have a “circulation pump” like the heart with blood flow – the lymphatic system actually relies on movements of our muscles to work. Our lymphatic system is very important in elimination as it moves toxins out, supporting the immune systems by producing white blood cells and generating antibodies.
•Many say that while we have lymph nodes throughout our body, the most important areas with the most nodes are under the arms (armpits) and inner thighs – so giving attention to these areas while brushing is a good practice.
•Dry brushing aids in better digestion.
•Body brushing works to support cleansing of the whole system, inside and out. Accumulated waster products in the body can contribute to illness or premature aging. source
I was just gifted my very own body brush yesterday so that I could try this myself, and I must say, after just one time of doing it, I notice a difference. But, I can’t give away all the details in one post right? Gotta leave you with a little cliffhanger 😉
Stay tuned for my next post on my update after one week of dry body brushing, along with some “how to” instructions!
Ciao for now!