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Dry Brushing

Stephanie Harper



Everyone shows the skin on their face some love, regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But when's the last time you showed some love to the skin on the rest of your body?

Your skin is the largest organ, and there is one simple step you can add to your daily routine that can greatly improve its health which is dry brushing.

I'm not only talking about  your skin's aesthetic appearance, either (although many would agree this is important to). The benefits of dry brushing is  beyond skin deep, offering whole-body benefits to your health.

For those of you who choose to do  non invasive body treatments and invest your time and money I also suggest that you start dry brushing. You should dry brush every day. Dry brushing will dramatically help improve your elasticity. It only takes about 2 mins a day.

Benefits of Dry Brushing: 

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 major 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 why dry 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 brushing offers multiple benefits including:

1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating  waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to our blood for elimination, which is 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 brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

2. Exfoliation

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

Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue, 

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

Dry brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function.  Some naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve you digestion, kidney function, and more.

7. It's Rejuvenating

Many people become "addicted" to dry brushing (it's like a drug) because it simply feels amazing. Along with glowing and tighter skin, people who dry brush daily say they feel rejuvenated afterwards.

You Should Try It… You'll Probably Become Addicted

The investment in a dry skin brush is small – you can find a high-quality brush for under $25 – but the pay-off is huge. If you've never tried it, you're likely to be pleasantly surprised. If you pair dry brushing with exercise and a healthy diet it will enhance it's benefits.

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