Dry skin brushing, What is it? What does it achieve
Benefits of dry skin brushing
- Removes dead layers of skin and other outer impurities
- Stimulates and increases blood circulation
- Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface
- Assists the eliminative capacity of your body’s organs
- Rejuvenates your cells
- Strengthens your immune system
- Increases muscle tone
- Improves skin texture
- Helps prevent premature ageing
Dry skin brushing supports skin renewal, stimulates the lymphatic system (which positively affects the nervous, immune, and digestive systems), aids in removal of accumulated toxins, and brightens the spirit, giving your body and mind a fresh glow. Dry skin brushing has been a part of Ayurveda Healing for 5000 years originating in India.
The best time to practise dry skin brushing is before your bath or shower, then when having the shower the water continues the detoxication process by removing more dead skin cells.
Dry skin brushing benefits not only our skin which is not only the largest organ of the body estimated to eliminate one-third of your bodies daily impurities but dry skin brushing gently increases blood flow to the skin through the smaller capillaries in the skin’s deeper layers helping the body to get rid of toxins easier.
Dry skin brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system one of our bodies most important integrated systems. The vessels in the lymphatic system acts as a filtration system throughout the body, by cleaning up the byproducts of dead cells, metabolism and other waste material, then returning this waste to the bloodstream where they are processed or eliminated.
Our immune system’s first line of defence is our white blood cells, dry skin brushing stimulates the circulation of white blood cells along with removing built-up waste products, which strengthens our defence mechanisms, especially in the winter cold and flu season.
Because the nervous system is so intimately connected to the skin, we have many touch receptors throughout the skin’s layers. Touch is soothing and calming when we are stressed and uplifting when we are depressed. So because your body breathes and absorbs essential nutrients through your skin, regular dry brushing will leave your skin clear of excess debris leaving it free to absorb oxygen and other nutrients into your body. As well as exfoliating this outer layer, dry skin brushing also stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture for the skin. It also helps keep young skin fresh, vibrant and free of breakouts.
Personally I prefer a brush with no handle as this gives me more control to reach all areas
Step-by-step guide to dry skin brushing
- It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
- Use a natural bristled brush or a loofah as a second choice. Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
- Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, following the same flow as the lymphatic system working towards your heart.
- Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
- Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
- Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
- Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
- Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
- Keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it.
NOTE: Avoid on broken or sensitive skin and take care to brush lightly over cellulite areas.