If you happened to read my last blog post on Dry Skin Brushing, then you know why I first decided to give it a try. I’ll try anything to make my cottage cheese thighs looks smoother, so the claim that dry brushing was a simple and effective way to get rid of cellulite was all I needed. And when a Facebook fan of The Blondeshell (shout out to Maria!) submitted a question about dry brushing as part of my Blondeshell Beauty Tips blog series, I just had to write a couple of blog posts about this ancient technique.
So, if you haven’t made dry brushing a part of your daily routine just yet, then keep reading for a list of seven amazing health benefits of dry skin brushing that will surely convince you to give it a try, then check out my post on how to effectively dry brush your skin.
Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
Reduce Cellulite: Let’s be honest. This is probably the benefit you’re most interested in, and who could blame you? Cellulite is a confidence killer and if you’re like me, you’ll try anything to get rid of it. Luckily, dry brushing is one of the cheapest, healthiest, and most importantly, effective ways to reduce the appearance of cottage cheese butts and thighs. That’s because dry brushing makes hard fat cells under the skin softer, helping to more evenly distribute them. Furthermore, since dry brushing helps rid the body of toxins, it removes specific toxins that cause connective tissues below the skin to break down, resulting in stronger connective tissues and less cellulite bulges.
A simple Google search for “Dry Brushing and Cellulite” will return thousands of articles from people that have reduced the appearance of cellulite by dry brushing. As I mentioned, this is the original reason I gave this technique a try, and in the last year I’ve been doing it, I am 125% convinced my cellulite is nowhere near as apparent as it was before.
Improve Immune Health: Remember learning about the lympathic system in Human Anatomy? If so, you know that its primary function is to transport a clear, white blood cell rich fluid called lymph throughout the body to remove harmful toxins. If lymph is not able to move through our body properly, the result is a harmful accumulation of toxins and delayed detection of infectious materials, resulting in illness. On the other hand, efficiently flowing lymph aids the immune system in the detection, combat, and elimination of viruses, bacteria, or other infectious substances.
Since our lymphatic system does not have a pump (like our circulatory system, which has the heart), the flow of lymph is dependent on things like deep breathing, massages, and regular exercise. Unfortunately, many people don’t regularly practice these things, which is why dry brushing can be so beneficial. It actually helps move lymph through the body when it otherwise would be stuck.
Reduce Inflammation: The three main functions of the lymphatic system are to deliver lymph and vitamins to organs and tissues throughout our body, remove harmful toxins, and help drain excess fluids and protein that cause tissues to swell. By stimulating the lymphatic system with dry brushing, you’re helping to reduce the toxic build-up that causes inflammation of soft and connective tissues. Additionally, the concentrated toxins in these tissues results in an excess of lymph fluid and can be the cause of many ailments including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to name a few.
Increase Circulation: Dry brushing promotes circulation and assists the return of blood towards the heart. When you dry brush, it is important to always brush in long strokes, in the direction of the heart. This prevents the pooling of blood to certain areas in the body, most notably, the legs. Since varicose and spider veins are most common in the legs, dry brushing can work to prevent these issues from becoming a problem as you age.
Note: It is safe to gently dry brush over existing spider veins, but take care if you already have varicose veins, as you don’t want to irritate them, or do anything to make them worse.
Exfoliate the Skin: We take care to consistently exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize our face and neck, but why do we tend to neglect the rest of our body? Gently gliding a dry brush over your skin helps to slough off dead skin cells and improves the appearance of your skin. Not to mention that by removing dead skin, you’re eliminating the possibility of clogged pores and improving the absorption rate of nutrients and hydration from those expensive moisturizers. Regular exfoliation also encourages cell renewal and speeds up cell turnover, giving you brighter and smoother skin. Another perk? It will help to avoid those painful and annoying ingrown hairs.
Yet another part of the exfoliation benefit is skin detoxification. Did you know our skin is often referred to as our “third kidney”? That’s because it’s our largest organ with the main purpose of waste elimination. In fact, our skin releases anywhere from 1-2 pounds of waste in the form of sweat each day. Without regularly exfoliating our skin, pollutants will build up and clog our pores. These clogged pores make it impossible for the skin to release the necessary toxins, and in turn, these harmful toxins are recirculated into our bloodstream. This creates a serious burden on our organs responsible for detoxification, like our liver and kidney, causing them to go into overdrive.
Improve Organ Function: Although there’s no conclusive evidence to support this claim, many doctors believe the practice of regular dry brushing helps improve the function of many other organs, including the liver and kidneys. That’s because it massages the lymph nodes and encourages the removal of excess water and toxins in the body. By speeding up the natural detoxification, you’re helping to improve the function of your other organs.
Wakes You Up & Increases Energy Levels: Dry brushing can be done anytime of the day, but I prefer doing it in the morning because of its ability to wake me up. The bristles gliding over my skin increase blood circulation, stimulates nerve endings in my skin, and invigorates my senses. The tingling feeling quickly energizes me when I would otherwise be in a half-asleep, zombie-like state.
So now that you know some of the amazing benefits of dry brushing, do you think you’ll give it a try? Tell me in the comment section below! And hey, if you have a question you would like answered, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply write it on my Facebook wall.
Until next time…