One of the easiest and cheapest ways to reduce medicine is dry skin brushing. It is considered to be one of the most successful methods to smooth the less-than-perfect spots on your legs. Besides that it has so much more benefits! Don’t forget that skin is the biggest human organ so dry skin brushing is boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage and eventually getting rid of toxins. The method is amazingly simple; you just need to follow a few rules and choose a right type of brush. Check them below!
How often: Dry skin brushing efficiently opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.
What to do: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.
What kind of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.
Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for achieving healthy skin.
Cellulite on my thighs & butt If you followed me for a while on my previous websites then you have already seen the huge amount of cottage cheesy cellulite I had on my thighs. There was so much that I have saddlebags on my thighs just to hold it all. My shame and fear of wearing shorts and mini skirts forced me to try to do something about this. I mean I can’t be expected to NEVER wear shorts & minis again. I plan to be quite the cougar/floozy when I’m a seasoned old lady. So many of the remedies on the market are wildly expensive. I couldn’t afford that and since I’m all about the natural stuff I wanted to find a natural way to rid myself of it. What did I come up with after my research? My natural cellulite remedy- dry skin brushing, really works for a lot of women. The name is pretty self explanatory. You get a big ole brush and go to town on your skin. Of course it’s not as simple as that. It has to be done in a certain way. You start at one of your extremities (hands/feet) and work your way to your heart in each direction (meaning feet to heart and then hands to heart. Make sure not to brush in the wrong direction as I’ve heard there could be real problems with that. I made a Dry Skin Brushing Video when I started, containing the wealth of information that I had researched at the time and a demonstration of how to do it properly.
Does this work? Well I wasn’t consistent enough to give any feedback about my own cellulite. My very first 2 times trying it I got a boil under my arm and excessive edema (swelling caused by water).–> Dry skin brushing cleansing my lymph system Dry skin brushing is also a well known way to cleanse the lymph system. I believe that is what caused the cleansing symptoms and got my body trying to eliminate toxins quickly. After I got over my symptoms my boyfriend used my brush on his skin where he had a fungus. I never used it again and never got back into it. Anyway, I do know of at least two people that did get back to me after I made the video. They did it and reported back that it really did work for them. I have also seen several articles online pointing to the same evidence. I watched an episode of Doctor Oz where he was talking about cellulite treatments. He said that massagers were effective in eliminating the appearance of cellulite. Dry skin brushing falls into this category. Either way, it can’t hurt because it is a healthy practice and cleansing your lymph system is recommended even if you don’t have cellulite. I’m getting a new brush and jumping back into the practice. I’ll report back in a while. Be sure to do the same. Check out the video and let me know how it goes.
P.S. Natural bristle brushes are the best. I prefer boar bristles myself. Here are a few brushes to check out to get started cleansing your system and ridding your self of cellulite and toxins!Regular Brush- Bath and Body Brush Long Handle Natural Bristle Extra Long Boar Bristle- 18” Detachable Long Handle Natural Boar Bristle Brush
For someone who lives for reducing our toxic loads, it took me a minute to get into dry body brushing. And like all new habits, there were days when I would forget/couldn’t be bothered to do it but now I’m in my dry body brushing groove and loving it.
1. Stimulates the Lymphatic System
This is the main reason to start dry skin brushing. It stimulates the lymphatic system which is responsible for eliminating the waste our cells produce. If the lymphatic system is congested, it can lead to a build-up of toxins causing inflammation and ultimately, illness. When your skin is healthy and invigorated, it helps release those toxins so that the body is not having to work as hard detoxing and fighting inflammation.
2. Exfoliates Dead Skin
Winter used to mean making it snow when I took off my leggings or tights (you know what I’m talking about…) but no more! Once you hit thirty, your skin stops automatically renewing itself. Dry skin brushing removes dead skin cells so that you have healthier and fresher skin. However, you do not want to break down the skin’s protective layer or cause any irritation, so keep it gentle!
3. Reduces Cellulite
Cellulite is often caused by fluid retention, lack of circulation, weak collagen structure and increased body fat in addition to hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, genetics, poor diet and toxicity. Dry skin brushing may help stimulate the cells and break down toxins from beneath the skin, which may act as a natural remedy for cellulite.
4. Unclogs Pores
Over the years, your pores can get clogged up with dead skin cells, pollutants and cosmetics. This causes the liver and kidneys to work extra hard to get rid of impurities. Dry skin brushing unclogs your skin’s pores and helps your skin absorb more nutrients, which promotes healthy skin and allows those toxins to release a bit easier.
5. Natural Stress Reliever And Energy Booster
Dry body brushing is like giving yourself a full body massage and comes with the same anxiety busting benefits. I also find that it works like an On Switch for my body and brain. There’s something about having every single part of your body briskly brushed that truly wakes you up. I’ve become a little addicted to that tingly feeling.
1. Buy a natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach everywhere you need to reach. I am currently using one by Hydrea that I found in TK Maxx for super cheap.
2. Get naked and stand in the bathtub or shower. You don’t want that falling dry skin to go everywhere. Gross I know, but isn’t it grosser having it on your actual body?!
3. Starting at the tip of your foot, move in long sweeping motions towards your heart. Always move towards your heart so that you avoid putting pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels. This means you use upward motions everywhere except your armpits, chest and upper back.
4. Brush each area several times and overlap a little to make sure you don’t miss a spot. Be gentle on sensitive areas like your stomach and chest.
5. Shower and moisturise as normal.
6. Clean your brush with soap and water at least once a week and let it air dry.
Dry Skin Brush
Want a great way to get ready for bathing suit season? Then you might want to consider dry skin brushing.
All you need is a natural bristle shower brush. Often found in the personal care section of natural product stores or drugstores, it can do more for you than just scrub your back. Simply remove the long wooden handle and you’ve got the perfect hand-held tool for a DIY spa treatment at home! Learn how to dry skin brush by checking out this post.
What’s so great about it you may ask? Well, it will tone your skin, reduce cellulite, and more! Check out the many amazing therapeutic benefits of this easy treatment:
Supports the Circulatory System
As a form of massage therapy, dry skin brushing helps relax muscles since you are touching upon all the nerve points in your body. So it can truly leave you feeling better! It not only removes dead skin cells, but it also stimulates circulation to the skin, organs, and glands throughout your body. This is important since you are supporting your circulatory system by bringing vital oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body.
Detoxifies and Aids Cellulite Reduction
It’s also a great treatment to do to aid “spring cleaning” or detoxing. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system (essentially our body’s “waste disposal” system) and improves the flow of lymph, which helps clear the toxins out of our body, according to this American Holistic Health Association article. Because toxins are imbedded in our cellulite tissue, it thereby helps with cellulite reduction!
Improves Skin Appearance
Dry skin brushing improves the appearance of the skin by making it toner, firmer, and moister by increasing the production of collagen and elastin fibers, tonifying the muscles, and stimulating the sweat and oil glands (good for sweating those toxins out!).
Supports the Immune System
By activating and increasing white blood cells, dry skin brushing supports your immune system. So if you’ve had a long winter of battling colds and the flu or just feeling plain sluggish, dry skin brushing can be the perfect boost to your system along with a holistic approach, such as going for walks in nature, meditating, distilling some immune-boosting essential oils, and eating foods that help you fight off disease, such as blueberries and grapes.
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