Dry skin brushing: healthy inside and out

One of the first things I do every morning is dry skin brushing. It’s a wonderful body treatment for exfoliating and promoting beautiful soft skin, and is really worth the extra couple of minutes it takes each morning.

Many health experts recommend dry skin brushing every morning to help promote the following health benefits:

  • tightens skin and improves texture;
  • stimulated circulation;
  • increases cell renewal;
  • helps digestion;
  • cleanses the lymphatic system;
  • strengthens the immune system;
  • improves the function of the nervous system;
  • helps in the treatment of cellulite;
  • removes dead skin layers; and
  • stimulates glands, thus helping all your body systems perform more efficiently.

 

How to dry skin brush

Always dry brush your body before you shower or bathe (while you are still dry). You will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result of the brushing action.

Start with the soles of your feet with circular motions. Continue brushing up your legs with sweeping strokes upwards. Proceed to your hands and arms, then brush your buttocks, back, stomach, shoulders and neck. Take care by lightly brushing your chest.

Avoid sensitive areas, such as the face, and anywhere the skin is broken such as skin rash, wounds, cuts and infections.

And finally… follow with a shower.

Tips

  • Choose a natural (NOT synthetic) tampico bristle brush. Synthetic brushes are too harsh and can potentially damage your skin.
  • Choose a brush with a long handle so that you can reach all areas of your body.
  • Always brush towards the heart in long, smooth strokes.

by Sam Sample