The Real Benefits of Dry Brushing
Updated: Oct 28, 2018
Many Beauty Forums talk about Dry Body Brushing and its many benefits, but you may have been asking the questions - What is it all about? How do I do it? And more importantly...What’s the point?
DRY BODY BRUSHING - WHAT IS IT?
‘Dry Skin Body Brushing’ or ‘dry brushing’ in simple terms is the practice of brushing the skin of the body with a dry brush. You can’t just use any old brush though. You need to use a ‘dry skin brush’ usually made with natural bristles and use certain techniques of brushing. This way you achieve the maximum health benefits and glowing skin as an added bonus. Synthetic Brushes are not recommended since they can be too harsh on the skin.
Dry brushing has originated from traditional Ayurvedic Medicine in India. It is known in Ayurvedic Medicine as Garshana (pronounced garshan). Garshana is ayurvedic lymphatic massage that helps remove digestive toxins. In Sanskrit the word ‘Garshana’ translates as “friction by rubbing”.
The practice of brushing the skin with a dry brush, whilst stimulating the body’s lymphatic system means you not only exfoliate your skin and make it look great but you allow your body to release toxins via your lymphatic system and stimulate blood circulation.
THE BENEFITS OF DRY BODY BRUSHING
A wide range of benefits can be achieved from regular dry brushing. To achieve these benefits you should include dry brushing in your beauty regime at least 3 to 4 times per week. Some are directly visible such as clearer and smoother skin and others are more subtle such as reduced stress or even longer lasting self tan. Here are some of the benefits of a regular Dry Skin Brushing regime:
EXFOLIATION & SKIN APPEARANCE
A key benefit to Dry Brushing is to exfoliate the skin. By brushing away the build up of dead skin cells and dirt blocking pores, the skin is able to breathe and oxygenate itself. The act of regular brushing helps to stimulate the growth of new cells and you will soon notice a visible difference of smooth and healthy looking skin. By keeping your pores clear and stimulating your glands through brushing, the skin is kept moisturised and toxins are helped out of the body, all of which leads to vibrant and healthy glowing skin.
By brushing with the proper techniques you will help blood circulate better around your body. This increased blood flow helps to tone your muscles, distributes the fat deposits better under the skin and can help remove waste products from the body. With increased circulation you will likely feel more invigorated and alert than you did previously.
IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH
Dry Brushing stimulates the lymphatic system and helps move lymph fluid around the body, which in turn helps release toxins and keeps you healthy. Since our Lymph system doesn’t have a pumping mechanism like the heart, it relies on our muscle movement to work. Next to exercise, dry brushing is one of the easiest ways to help move lymph fluid. The Lymphatic system is key to the elimination of the body’s toxins and supports your immune system by producing white blood cells.
You have lymph nodes throughout your body but a high concentration of nodes are under your armpits and your inner thighs. Pay particular attention to these areas whilst dry brushing.
Dry brushing can be extremely beneficial to reducing stress. The regular routine of methodically brushing your skin can aid with mental relaxation as well as relieving muscle tension. Whilst the act of brushing itself can be therapeutic and calming, by improving your skin through dry brushing you will feel healthier and look better, both of which lead to your improved well-being.
Cellulite is a fat build up beneath the skin that causes the skin to wrinkle and dimple. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. Cellulite and dry brushing is a disputed issue. Whilst there are arguments over the scientific proof of cellulite management through dry brushing, there are countless anecdotal accounts of dry brushing improving cellulite. By dry brushing the affected areas daily, the brushing can help soften and redistribute the fat below the skin and encourage healthy cell growth.
IMPROVED DIGESTION & ORGAN FUNCTION
Some experts believe that the benefits of dry brushing go far further than just the surface of the skin. By massaging lymph nodes you can help remove excess water and toxins from the body which helps reduce bloating. Improving the effectiveness of your lymphatic system takes some of the strain away from your kidneys and liver so can aid in overall digestion and organ function.
If you use Self / Fake tan then make sure you dry brush before applying it. Removing the layer of dead skin cells from your body before applying will make your Self tan last much longer.
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