Dry Skin Brushing: 7 Key Benefits

What exactly is Dry Skin Brushing and why should you consider including it in your daily routine?

Your skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands and cell layers that, when healthy, serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.

 

It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you.

 

Another crucial role your skin plays is supporting optimal detoxification. But if your skin is overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently.

 

This is where dry skin brushing can be invaluable, not only in brushing off dead skin cells but also in activating waste removal via your lymph nodes.  Beyond this, dry skin brushing offers multiple benefits including:

1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.

When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

 

 2. Exfoliation

Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”

 

3. Increase Circulation

When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.

 

 4. Reduce Cellulite

Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This mayhelp to diminish the appearance of cellulite.

 

5. Stress Relief

The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.

 

6. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function

Although one of the more noticeable effects is smoother skin, dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function.  Many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins.

 

7. Its Invigorating

Many people become “addicted” to dry skin brushing (in a good way) simply because it feels so good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a session.

 

Dry Brushing: How to Do It

First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. We carry some nice ones from Earth Therapeutics here at the store. They should feel stiff but not overly so, ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.

 

Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, or even twice a day if you like. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine; such as before your morning shower and again after work (avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it may leave you feeling energized).

 

When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin) or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).

 

The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid “scrubbing”). Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes.

 

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In Good Health

Kim

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