Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dry Brushing for Healthy Skin

You've seen it before and you probably even own one. The shower (body) brush. The brush that so many of us use to scrub our bodies down with soap, especially our backs.  But did you know that this brush is more beneficial as an exfoliation method before showering?  For the majority of my life I can say I honestly had no clue up until about 2 years ago.  Body brushing, or "dry brushing" has been practiced for hundreds of years in ancient cultures and is now heavily catching on in our western culture, adapted in many of the high-end spas as a way to decrease cellulite and improve skin appearance. 

Our skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination. Many people exfoliate the skin on their faces regularly, but the truth is that your whole body could do with thorough and regular exfoliation. Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can -and should, be doing daily, even twice a day.  It's a sure-fire way to improve the appearance and condition of your skin without an expensive trip to the spa.  All you need is commitment and a body brush.

Directions
  • Brush skin when dry. Preferably in the morning before shower. Use natural vegetable-derived bristle brush. Brush in direction of heart. Follow with warm shower. Never brush broken skin. Do not brush before bed as it may interrupt sleep.

    Read more at WPBeginner: Health Benefits of Dry Body Brushing http://www.exhibithealth.com/general-health/health-benefits-of-dry-body-brushing-661/
     Brush skin when dry, preferably before shower
  • Use a brush that has natural vegetable-derived bristles (these typically have wooden handles. I personally like the brush that has a removable handle)
  • Brush your body in the direction toward your heart, starting from your feet (brush upwards making long sweeps- avoid back and forth, scrubbing, and circular motions)
  • You do not need to brush your face
  • Don't brush too hard. Your skin should feel stimulated, not irritated and never brush broken skin
  • Follow up with a warm shower

Benefits 
In addition to keeping the skin soft, smooth, and younger looking- dry brushing gets rid of dead skin cells (which by doing so helps the skin breathe), eliminates clogged skin pores, improves circulation and skin tone, firms the skin, reduces cellulite (by helping with even distribution of fat deposits), removes toxins from the body (by helping the lymphatic system work), reduces the need for body lotion, tones muscles, reduces bloating (by removing excess fluid in body), and strengthens the immune system.

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in many of the high-end spas as a way to decrease cellulite and improve skin appearance.

Read more at WPBeginner: Health Benefits of Dry Body Brushing http://www.exhibithealth.com/general-health/health-benefits-of-dry-body-brushing-661/
the high-end spas as a way to decrease cellulite and improve skin appearance

Read more at WPBeginner: Health Benefits of Dry Body Brushing http://www.exhibithealth.com/general-health/health-benefits-of-dry-body-brushing-661/

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