How does dry body brushing work?
As you may or may not know, our skin is our largest organ and is a major site of detoxification, much like our kidneys, liver and gut. Our skin has a two way communication system – bringing in from the outside world i.e. environmental pollutants and also the good we put on our skin, and sending toxins out via sweating and through acne.
By dry brushing we are stimulating sensors on the skin. We are invigorating the skin and causing an increase of blood to that area. When you practice brushing you may notice a slight pink flush that occurs. That’s an indication of blood flow, and also the physical impact of a course brush on your skin! Our skin receives close to one third of our bodies circulating blood supply, so it’s important that we keep it moving, keep it fresh and keep it flowing.
Our skin is also closely linked to our lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph directionally towards the heart. It removes interstitial fluid from tissues, absorbs and transports fatty acids from the digestive system and transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into our bones. On top of all that us provides an accessory return route to the blood for the surplus of three litres, supports our immune system and contains waste and cellular debris with bacteria and proteins becoming an avenue for elimination of toxins.
What are the benefits of dry body brushing?
1. Help reduce the appearance of cellulite and improves skin texture Firstly, what the heck even is cellulite and why do we get it. More on that coming soon (wink). Dry brushing helps to improve the sluggishness of the lymphatic system, which as we know contributes to poor circulation, which is a contributing factor to cellulite. It’s common to also see and improvement in skin texture – feel and tone – and we can thank our blood circulation for that…
2. Stimulate blood circulation You’ll notice as you brush a warming sensation and a slight pink flush to the skin. Not only is the result of the friction, but it’s also the blood being stimulated and brought up to the surface of our skin. This is how dry body brushing helps to stimulate our circulation, which can become stagnant.
3. Helps to remove dead skin cells and encourages renewal of new cells Just like your facial exfoliant eliminates tired, old skin, body brushing helps to accelerate this process. You may or may not notice it at the time of brushing, but when our detox is more active, you may notice excess skin coming away after a warm shower. The result is silky, smooth skin!
4. Supports lymphatic drainage As mentioned, brushing aids the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body, eliminating toxins in our body. The lymph system doesn’t rely on an automatic pumping device, unlike the cardiovascular system, so physical movement i.e. exercise and brushing, helps to keep things flowing. With the close link to our immune system, you might find that you are less likely to catch a cold!
5. Distributes fat more evenly Just like the cellulite, dry brushing physically helps to support the even distribution of fat. This ties back to the movement of our lymphatic system and stimulation of the circulatory system.
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