Brush That Body, Sunshine!
Dry skin brushing is an simple, cheap, and extremely effective technique to detoxify, tighten, brighten and smoothen your skin, promoting cell renewal, waste removal from lymph nodes and blood circulation. Here’s what you need to know about the easiest way to take care of your body’s skin.
Your skin is a complex system of nerves, glands, and cell layers. A healthy skin helps you protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals, produces antibacterial substances and vitamin D when exposed to the sun. When your skin is healthy, it supports optimal detoxification. Dr. Joseph Mercola explains;
If your skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently
THE BENEFITS OF DRY SKIN BRUSHING
1. A Healthy & Natural Glow
Dry brushing exfoliates the skin by removing dead dry skin cells, encouraging cell renewal, and clearing clogged pores allowing the skin to absorb more nutrients. It leaves our bodies feeling softer, smoother and rejuvenated.
2. Reduce Cellulite
Cellulite comes from the accumulation of toxins in the fat cells beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above to appear dimpled. Dry skin brushing helps to reduce cellulite as it detoxifies the waste and helps to break down the toxins. Dry brushing also helps to evenly distribute the fat accumulations and tones more muscle. The positive effect might only be temporarily though, if the diet and exercising aren’t changed too.
3. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System & Increase Circulation
The lymphatic system takes care of eliminating cellular waste. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and can activate the removal of the (metabolic) waste and toxins that are clocked in your tissues (the cause of inflammation, disease and cellulite) and transport it to your blood for elimination (also known as lymphatic drainage).
4. Reduce Bloating, & Increase Digestion + Kidney Function
The benefits do not stop at the surface, but go beyond skin deep. As we have seen, dry brushing stimulates the waste removal in the lymph nodes, helping the bloated body to get rid of excess water and toxins, positively affecting digestion and kidney function.
5. Release Stress
The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress – many compare it to a light whole-body massage, says Mercola.
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
Each morning before you start your day, you brush your dry body in small circles towards your heart. It is best to being with your feet, while you move up to your legs, butt, abs, stomach (counterclockwise), back, arms, chest, and shoulders. If you wish you could also dry brush your face and throat with a smaller and softer brush. Ideally, you use a handheld natural bristle brush (we like the ones with a strap). Make sure to not brush too hard. After a few minutes of massaging your body with the brush, you hop under the shower to rinse off the dry and dead skin cells.
Your skin is your largest organ, and there is one simple step you can add to your morning routine that can greatly improve its health: Dry Skin Brushing – Dr. Joseph Mercola
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