The skin is the largest and fastest growing organ of the human body. Although we may take it for granted and not give it much thought, apart from the vanity aspect, it plays many important roles in our overall health.
First off, it acts as a barrier that protects our bodies from external elements. Much like how we wear clothes to protect our skin, the skin is a coat for the body. The skin is also a sense organ with nerve cells that sends messages to the brain – sense of touch, too hot or too cold, etc, and helps to regulate our body temperature.
The skin is also part of the body’s detoxification process – we release toxins through sweating. Sometimes though, the skin needs a little help with this, as dead skin cells and excreted waste can clog up the pores, thus the toxins get trapped in the dermis and can’t be expelled.
So what does one do? Apart from taking regular showers to keep yourself clean, you can also try dry brushing.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is literally taking a brush to your dry skin. It may not sound like anything special or even helpful, but it truly is! Read on to find out why.
Many people claim to have smoother, or even cellulite-free skin with regular dry brushing. This is attributed to the removal of toxins and also the more even distribution of fat deposits. And surely this isn’t terribly far-fetched as many expensive spa cellulite treatments revolve around the removal of toxins and massages. Which is kind of what you’re getting with a session of dry brushing.
As mentioned, dead skin cells and toxins can build up, effectively clogging up the pores. Although the skin naturally exfoliates, it could do with a hand (or a dry brush) to help slough off the dead skin and minimising the potential for clogged pores thus allowing your skin to breathe. It’ll also result in smoother looking skin.
Dry brushing your skin increases circulation which results in oxygenated blood being delivered to your skin and other organs, helping them do their jobs better.
Dry brushing is said to speed up the process of eliminating waste and the technique of brushing towards the heart stimulates the lymph flow which helps to direct the toxins to the proper channels for elimination.
How To Dry Brush
Get yourself a long-handled brush as this would be more convenient for those hard-to-reach places. Although some advocate using only natural bristles, there are others who find that using any sort of brush seems to do the trick.
The technique is to brush with long and even strokes towards the heart. So you’d perhaps start with the bottom of your feet and work your way up. There’s no need to apply too much pressure – the idea is to clean the skin, not scrub yourself raw!
So should you try dry brushing? Absolutely. At the very least, you’ll have beautiful, smooth and glowing skin. What’s not to like about that?