Dry Skin Brushing, Say What?
Sure you remember to wash your face, brush your hair, and even take extra steps to exfoliate and moisturize. When was the last time you took those extra steps with the rest of your body?
Your skin is your largest organ in your body and part of its’ job is elimination. Up to a third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. If your skin is blocked up with toxins and dead skin cells, it’s not able to get rid of the wastes from your body efficiently.
The great news is a little dry skin brushing is easy to do, inexpensive, and has multiple benefits. A few major benefits of dry skin brushing are:
-Exfoliation: the bristles remove dead, dry skin with strokes of your brush. This clears your clogged pores and allows your skin to breath.
-Lymphatic Stimulation: your lymph system is the underlying “plumping” of your skin. Miles of lymphatic tubes collect waste from your tissues which is transported to your blood for elimination, a process called lymphatic drainage.
Your lymphatic system does not have its’ own mode of transportation, it depends on our circulatory system and manual assistance to move things along.
-Pumped up Circulation: Dry brushing manually stimulates your blood circulation, which in turn, increases the movement of your lymph.
-Invigorating & Stress Relieving: The act of dry brushing can be very relaxing, calming effect on your mind and over-tight muscles. We’re talking about an entire body manual lymphatic drainage session done by yourself.
The How To:
The only tool you need is an inexpensive, but high-quality dry brush. You’ll want a brush that has bristles made from natural materials. For optimum results, dry brushing should be done at least once a day and twice if you can fit it into your routine. When brushing, always brush toward your heart. This is best for circulation and lymphatic flow. Start at the soles of your feet and work your way up. Avoid areas, including your face, unless you have a brush designed for delicate skin.
Be sure to watch your pressure, it should be firm, but not painful. You want a brush stroke, not a scrubbing motion. The time allotted for a dry brush session is up to you, it can be a few minutes or as long as 30 minutes twice a day.
A wonderful follow-up to dry skin brushing is a shower then full body moisturizing using Softness Bliss Body Lotion. Your skin will glow newly cleansed and moisturized.