Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and besides working on our faces, our body’s skin is often the last thing we think about besides slapping moisturizer and sunblock on. As we age and start to see cellulite, crepey and dry, dull skin on our legs, arms and chests we often think the only answers are spa treatments, cremes, and dermatology appointments, all of which are time consuming and expensive.
But what if there was something we can do every day that not only improved the look of our skin, but also helped get rid of cellulite, restore collagen and helped remove toxins from our bodies? The answer is dry body brushing.
Our skin is made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that, when healthy, serve as a buffer that help to protect the body from natural and chemical environmental toxins like heat and pollution. The skin also produces unique antibacterial substances to protect from infection and enables the production of Vitamin D from the sun. But the skin cannot provide optimal detoxification or eliminate wastes if its overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, this is often when we start to notice the cellulite and poor skin condition.
Dry brushing solves all these problems as it not only exfoliates the skin, removing the dead skin cells but also activates waste removal via lymph nodes, and stimulates collagen production while increasing circulation by forcing the blood to the skin. The best part- it’s practically free.
Dry skin brushing is even said to help support support digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert:
“…many 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 digestion, kidney function, and more.”
Cellulite can be reduced through dry brushing by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue. Speaking from experience, I spent five minutes before each shower dry brushing and can honestly say in about 3 months I noticed a significant reduction and almost complete elimination of cellulite forming on the back of my thighs.
How to do it:
- Buy a long handled natural bristle brush from Amazon, or Whole Foods for about $10. They pretty much sell them everywhere- don’t invest in an expensive one as you will be replacing it once every 6-12 months.
- Begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions toward your lymph nodes on either side of your groin. Always brush toward your heart. When brushing arms start at the wrists and move toward your lymph nodes under each armpit. Do the same from your stomach to the heart and across your chest.
- Your body will be sensitive to this at first, particularly across your stomach and chest- but you will eventually adjust.
- Immediately take a shower using as natural a soap as possible. I love goats milk soap as the pH is very close to human skin pH and my skin is very sensitive.
- Take a before picture and another after three months of consistently using this. You will see a huge difference! Happy brushing!
Posted by: Miranda Sevcik