The Amazing Benefits of Dry Brushing

I already know what you are thinking, “You want me to add another step in my beauty care routine?” We already have multiple serums and washes we do before and after showering as well as the shaving, exfoliating, and scrubbing while in the shower. Yet, adding dry brushing is not only an easy addition, but it could potentially be the most important step you are missing out on.

The reason why we should be dry brushing, lotioning, and washing our skin is that our skin is the largest organ we have (as well as the most visible). How we treat it now will show up in our later years. Just like how healthy we eat, everything we do to our bodies eventually catches up to us. Wouldn't you like to have that catch up be a healthy and glowing skin? I know I would! If you need more reasoning besides 'it's your largest organ' than keep on reading to find out the fantastic benefits of dry brushing.

Can potentially reduce signs of cellulite.
It doesn't matter your body weight; cellulite can occur on anyone and can be challenging to get rid of. A tremendous way to reduce the appearance of cellulite is proper circulation throughout the body. Dry brushing on a regular basis can increase the flow throughout the skin. Instead of paying an outrageous amount of money to get it removed you could try this easy and incredibly cheap method.

Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath our skin that causes lumpy and dimpled flesh to appear (typically on inner thighs and buttocks region). Unfortunately, there is not much knowledge on why we get it, but it can be treated and reduced with time. Other ways to reduce signs (at home) besides dry brushing include eating healthy, exercising, and using retinol creams.

By dry brushing these areas you can increase blood flow, eliminate toxins, and reduce any extra fluids that form in certain areas. This isn't an overnight remedy though! With regular brushing, you will start to notice results over time. Are you not seeing results? Depending on the severity you might have to add a retinol cream into the mix to help aid in the process of reduction.

You'll be glowing afterward.
Our body is constantly shedding dead skin for new cells to grow. Just like our scalps, our body needs a little help getting rid of all that dead skin. This is especially helpful for you ladies and gents who have dry skin like me. I have suffered since I was a kid with dehydrated and flaky skin. Using the dry brushing technique has severely lowered my dryness and leaves me with a glowing complexion afterward.

Do you know how split ends can make it harder to grow hair out longer? This is kind of a similar case with our skin. The buildup of dead skin can make it harder to regenerate new cells. By dry brushing, you are stimulating your skin while shedding which helps promote healthy new cells for that bright beam. An added bonus is all this brushing helps reduce ingrown hairs as well.

While we are eliminating the dead, we are also exfoliating our bodies. Both of these factors can help reduce those pesky ingrown hairs that we get. Are you still having troubles with certain hairs? You can also press a warm washcloth on the designated area for a few minutes to help soften the skin and hair. Then, using clean tweezers, gently work out the hair. Don't force this though! Too often I have gotten frustrated and just pulled it out leaving an open area. This will only scab over and cause another ingrown hair to form.

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Brushing assists in lymphatic drainage.
Have no idea what lymphatic drainage means? I had no clue either. The lymphatic systems are part of our vascular system and are highly important for our immunity. The lymphatic vessels carry a fluid (lymph) that moves throughout our body towards the heart and carries white blood cells that fight infections. It is a huge component in getting rid of unwanted toxins and waste our body accumulates.

Regular dry brushing helps release toxins to aid in our lymphatic system so that our bodies can work as effectively as possible. To get the most out of this routine, you should always start at your feet and move in circular motions upwards toward the heart. Same goes with the arms; begin at your hands and move towards the shoulders. Never press too hard! We want to exfoliate, not break and irritate the skin. The entire process should only take about 3-5 minutes.

Can energize the body and promote healthy digestion.
While this isn't necessarily proven, there are a lot of testimonials that say they have felt an increase in energy and an overall healthier digestive tract. When your stomach and the digestive system feels good, YOU feel good! By increasing blood flow and circulation, it can aid in any issues you might have in the stomach area.

I have personally been dry brushing on and off for about 2-3 years now. I can positively say that, with a healthy diet, it has helped transform my digestive system. I have an extremely sensitive stomach and take all the help I can get in normalizing my system. Not only do I feel more energized after dry brushing (blood flow usually helps wake up the body) but I typically have fewer issues after meals on days I do dry brush.

If you are a person who showers in the morning, I would highly suggest dry brushing right before your shower. It can help wake you up and feel rejuvenated for the day. If you are a nighttime shower gal/pal, you can still dry brush in the morning, but I would suggest adding an oil to your brush beforehand. You can use aromatherapy oils to relax your senses, and this helps to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth.

While these, in my opinion, are the top reasons anyone should start dry brushing there are a ton of other amazing benefits including unclogging pores, rejuvenating the nervous system, even distribution of fat deposits, improve muscle tone, and the simple fact that it feels good. Let me know in the comments below; what are the reasons for you to dry brush? Or maybe what oils do you like to use when dry brushing?



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