Trust me; dry body brushing is a good thing!
Some of you might be giving me the old side-eye frowny face right now, thinking what on earth is dry body brushing and why would I want to do it?!
A Body brush is a wonderfully inexpensive tool not merely for sloughing off layers of grotty dead skin, It can work wonders for the body on an internal level too. If you’ve never seen or heard of dry body brushing, then definitely read on. You can thank me later!
Benefits of dry body brushing
The skin is your bodies largest organ, yep that’s right, organ! Just like your heart, lungs or intestines, it has many functions and isn’t solely there to cover up your insides!
By brushing your body dry you are not only efficiently removing dead skin cells but also stimulating the body’s waste removal system.
Blood circulation will improve and in turn, boost the supply of oxygen to all of the vital organs.
Metabolic waste is moved along and eliminated more easily. Thus, softening hard fat deposits below the surface of the skin and potentially diminishing the appearance of cellulite. (Be gone you wicked blubber!).
You will be less stressed; dry body brushing is almost meditative once you get the hang of it. It can reduce muscle tension and calm your mind. Bonus, I can’t find any cons here!
The lymphatic system defends the body from infection and works as a waste disposal system.
You have probably heard of the lymphatic system, and are aware of the vital role it plays in your overall body health. Well; an excellent way to take care of your lymphatic system is by dry body brushing.
(remember that slab of cake you sat and scoffed, Lymph is the stuff that’s going to help shift that out of your system!)
Good lymph drainage benefits the function and the appearance of the skin and provides more food and oxygen for cells.
Functions of the lymphatic system:
- Return of food and proteins from the tissues to the blood
- Transportation of white blood cells to the blood circulatory system
- Production of white blood cells; which fight infections by attacking bacteria, viruses, and germs that invade the body.
- Moving fat from the small intestine to the liver
- Prevention of swelling by draining fluid build up
The lymphatic system doesn’t work so well when you are stressed, tired, dehydrated or don’t get enough exercise. I don’t know about you, but I can check every box there!
Some symptoms of poor lymphatic system drainage can include:
- Skin breakouts
- Odeama (swelling, mainly of the hands and feet)
- Arthritis | Joint pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Frequents colds, flu and other infections
- Headaches and Migraines
- worsening of allergies and food sensitivity
The good news is dry body brushing is a quick and easy thing to do!
You can grab your body brush and give yourself a quick once-over before stepping into the bath or shower.
A vigorous body brushing first thing in the morning is a great way to wake up your body and get the blood flowing.
If you’ve already had your coffee, what a super way of removing those toxins!
You can use a body brush daily if you get time. However, two to three times a week will still be beneficial.
The YouTube video below is by Robyn, green smoothie girl, and is the most comprehensive dry body brush video I could find for you.
The video demonstrates the most effective way to dry body brush (skin brushing is the American term!)
Can’t watch right now?
Here are some valuable tips to help you get started straight away.
- Start at the extremities (hands and feet) and work towards the heart in an upwards motion
- Brush at a pressure that feels comfortable; you don’t need to be rough
- Don’t be alarmed if you turn pink!
- Brush at a pace that feels comfortable
- Concentrate on the area around your armpits; this area is the core when it comes to removing toxins.
If dry body brushing isn’t part of your regular MUMOT, then it definitely should be! Not only with your skin be glowing feeling fresh, plump and smooth, but your body’s waste disposal system will get a much need kick up the butt!
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