Dry Skin Brushing
The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the bodys detoxification each day. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, liver and adrenal glands, and assists these organs in decongesting and dumping out their toxins as well as giving the body a gentle internal massage.
It also increases the ability of the liver and adrenal glands to handle toxins, strengthens the immune system and stimulates circulation. The practice of Dry Skin Brushing has been used for thousands of years around the world as a natural way of detoxing the body.
Dry brushing is also used as a preventative for dry skin. The exfoliating affect stimulates skin renewal and removes dead skin layers. It is fantastic for removing cellulite and tightens the skin to prevent premature aging and the best thing is its easy, inexpensive and very good for you.
How to Do Dry Skin Brushing
Buy a bath brush which contains natural bristles and not synthetic ones as synthetic bristles scratch the surface of the skin and can be harsh and irritating. The brush should be kept dry and not used for bathing. A longer handled brush works well for finding out of reach places. Its a good idea to wash the brush with soap and water every couple of weeks. When dry skin brushing make sure that your skin is completely dry, and the brush should pass once over every part of the body except the face. The best time to do skin brushing is before showering or bathing at least once a day. You dont need to use a back and forth motion, circular motion, scrubbing, or massaging - one clean sweep does it. Use long gentle, but firm, stokes. Begin with you feet and continue brushing upwards, be gentle on the chest.
I have known of the dry brushing benefits for a few years now and try to dry brush daily. However, I usually shower after my workouts and would be dry brushing my sweaty body. Is that OK or should I avoid dry brushing right after a workout? Thoughts?
The best time to do it is first thing in the morning to get your adrenal glands working. But after a workout is ok too so long as it fits in with your schedule as being healthy is also about doing what works for you in your timeframes. x