Many people will go to great lengths and spend thousands of dollars for any chance at healthier, better-looking skin. No matter how unlikely it seems that the remedy may work or how obscure the source, people take outrageous chances to improve the quality of their skin. Some even go as far as expensive and risky surgeries just for a slight improvement. So, what if you found a simple, natural way of improving the overall health and look of your skin that doesn’t cost a dime? Welcome to the world of dry skin brushing.
Some techniques and natural remedies seem so easy and promise such great results that people believe them to be too good to be true. We have been brainwashed by advertisers and the cosmetics industry into believing that nothing could be worth putting on our skin unless it costs a fortune and has a fancy French-sounding name on the bottle. While many people are more than willing to fork over hundreds of dollars at a time for a cream or lotion that makes lofty promises about “age-reduction,” they are missing out on the actual benefits of a technique like skin brushing. It seems counterintuitive to believe that something could provide healthier skin, improved circulation and better looking features without a cost, but these are just a few of the many benefits that come from this ancient natural technique.
What is dry skin brushing?
Yeah, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Dry skin brushing is a time-tested method of improving the health and quality of your skin simply by brushing it in a particular pattern on a regular basis. Because of its many benefits, affordability and the ease with which it can be performed, skin brushing has begun to gain a bit of popularity in the United States recently. In fact, many modern spas are beginning to offer dry skin brushing as part of their service.
Why is skin brushing important?
The skin is the body’s largest organ. In addition to being the shield between your inner organs and the rest of the world, the skin has a number of crucial functions that help maintain your body’s healthy state. Because it is the part of our bodies that is seen by the outside world, we normally take great pains to maintain and improve the aesthetic appeal but sometimes neglect the maintenance of its additional healthy functions.
One of these important actions is the disposal of waste through a system of glands and vessels known as the lymphatic system. One third of your body’s waste is disposed through the skin via this lymphatic system, and it is important to keep it functioning properly to avoid infections and illnesses. When working properly, the skin will produce cleansing substances that help protect you from harmful bacteria and chemicals, and it allows your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin is also packed full of nerve cells that cover the entire body and act as messengers to and from your brain, making the skin a crucial component of all the internal goings on of the body as well as your interactions with the world around you.
Dry skin brushing will help improve the overall health of the skin, allowing it to perform all of its essential tasks to its maximum ability. While these health benefits cannot be overstated, many people begin trying skin brushing because of its ability to improve the look of the skin. While there are no fancy French names or supermodel spokespeople, this ancient treatment– when performed correctly and regularly– can do more to improve the looks of your skin than most of the creams, lotions and other expensive treatments that are so common today.
Specific Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
Even though it is such a simple technique, skin brushing has several benefits that will improve the looks and health of your skin including:
- Stimulating the lymphatic system
- Exfoliating the skin
- Increasing circulation
- Reducing stress
- Reducing the appearance of cellulite
- Improving digestive and kidney functions as waste disposal improves
How do I do it?
In truth, the process really is as simple as it sounds, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you do it properly.
- Purchase a brush with bristles made of natural fibers. It should have a handle that is long enough to allow you to reach your back and feet easily.
- Take your clothes off and stand in your bathtub or on another tiled surface. This part is optional, but will it help keep the dead skin cells off your floor.
- Beginning with the bottoms of your feet, brush up your legs in long smooth strokes. Brush each of your legs at least ten times then move on to your arms, abdomen and back.
- If you prefer, you can brush all of your body at once instead of taking it one section at a time. The only rule to remember is always to brush towards your heart because of the flow of your lymphatic system.
- Take special care around sensitive areas like your breasts and genitals. It is not recommended to brush your face unless with a softer brush that is designated for this purpose.
- After you have brushed your entire body, jump in the shower to remove excess dead skin. Apply a natural oil or lotion afterwards.
It is important to note that your skin may be a light pink during and after brushing. If it is dark pink or red, you are brushing too hard. Avoid scrubbing your skin; it is not like cleaning a grill. You want firm, not hard, strokes. The entire brushing process can take anywhere from two to 20 minutes. Because it can improve circulation and provide natural energy, it is best done early in the day. Repeat brushing once or twice every day, and make sure to clean your brush with soap and water at least once a month.