The skin is the largest organ of the body and plays an important role in the elimination of wastes and impurities from the body. Dry skin brushing is one of the best techniques to stimulate the lymphatic system, open up the pores of the skin, and support detoxification through the skin.
Benefits of dry skin brushing:
- Reduces cellulite
- Stimulates circulation
- Stimulates lymphatic system
- Supports elimination of wastes
- Assists digestion
- Strengthens the immune system
- Firms the skin
- Increases cell renewal
- Aids removal of dead skin cells
What is involved?
Complete your skin brushing routine 2-5mins before you shower
- Brush soles and tops of feet
- Brush in upwards motions up each leg from your ankle to your hip
- Brush up each buttocks and over the back
- Brush the abdomen in a clockwise direction
- Brush the palms and tops of the hands
- Brush up each arm starting at the wrist to the shoulder, then the shoulder towards the heart
- Take a warm shower and at the end of your shower rinse the body with cold water to further boost the circulatory benefits to the skin.
Dry Skin Brushing Tips
- Use a good quality brush with natural bristles. It’s important to start with a softer bristle brush to allow your skin to adjust to the practice of skin brushing. Progress to a stiffer bristle as your skin becomes firmer.
- Always choose natural bristles over synthetic ones as synthetic brushes can cause damage to the skin
- Use a light pressure, with firm but gentle strokes
- Use long, light brisk strokes – do not scrub the skin or use circular motions
- Brush before your shower, on dry skin, once completely undressed
- Do not brush the face or any areas of broken skin or very sensitive skin
- Ensure you thoroughly brush cellulite prone areas e.g. the thighs (however over brushing will irritate the skin and cause redness so be cautious)
- Every 2-4 weeks wash your brush with a natural shampoo and hang to dry