Dry Skin Brushing: Beyond Skin Deep
By: Rachad Atat
Most of us use a regular loofah when showering to exfoliate the dead skin cells and to cleanse our body, leaving our skin smoothed, cleaned and conditioned. But have you heard about the rejuvenating benefits of dry skin brushing?
Dry skin brushing is thought to revitalize and rejuvenate not only our skin, but also our body organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. We can think of our skin as a protective barrier between our internal organs and the external environment, keeping toxins, wastes, and infections away to protect the body organ functions. Imagine now that our skin has accumulated so many toxins and wastes that it can no longer get rid of them effectively, how this will affect our body from inside?
Fortunately, dry skin brushing can detoxify our skin and body from inside out, leaving us refreshed and healthy. Here are some benefits of dry skin brushing:
1. It stimulates your lymphatic system to help eliminate cellular waste products.
2. It exfoliates dead skin cells, improving appearance and clearing your clogged pores.
3. It increases circulation which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
4. It reduces cellulite by softening hard fat deposits below the skin.
5. It reduces daily stress.
6. It improves digestion and kidney function.
How to dry skin brush? Get yourself a long handle brush with bristles made from natural materials.Brush your entire body starting from feet and upward, always in direction toward your heart, which is best for your circulation and lymphatic system. Make sure you do not scrub aggressively, but brushing firmly, so that your skin becomes slightly pink. This process can take anywhere between 2 to 20 minutes.
Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, preferably before your morning shower and/or after coming back from work.