The skin is indeed a large organ, covering about 20 square feet of the average person. Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and one that performs vital functions. For example, the skin is among the most nerve-dense parts of the body; constantly interacting with the brain and making adjustments to protect you best.
Dry-brushing is a skin-care technique that has been around for centuries and is one of the premier methods of maintaining skin health. It is also a remarkably simple practice. Using a large brush, one gently scrubs their body upwards from the feet to the armpits.
Do You Know All the Great Skin Benefits of Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.
In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.
Dry brushing isn’t a replacement for a healthy diet and regular exercise, but it’s a great addition to your healthy lifestyle.
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..
This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin. I love this benefit of skin brushing and how soft my skin feels when I do this regularly!
Though the evidence is anecdotal, I’ve found many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helped their cellulite. I talked about this and my other cellulite remedies here. There isn’t much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, so there isn’t really any downside to trying it!
It feels good
Many people start dry brushing for the health benefits but end up continuing because it makes them feel good.
Besides making your skin brighter, tighter, and more radiant, dry brushing is an excellent way to wake up and rejuvenate in the morning.
Once you start dry brushing, you might find the feeling of having smoother, firmer skin invigorating too.
It can improve digestion
That’s right, another amazing benefit to add to the list: dry brushing can help with digestion too.
When you dry brush your skin, you’re removing dead skin cells and unclogging blocked pores. This allows your skin to breathe better and also streamlines its ability to effectively eliminate toxins.
The health of our skin, as our largest organ, largely influences the health of our entire body. It’s the first line of defense against preventing bacteria from entering our system.
Keeping it clear so that it can do its job effectively is vital to making the job of the digestive system easier. Blocking bacteria from entering the body early on keeps the digestive system from having to work harder later on.
It can relieve stress
Lots of people find that dry brushing is almost therapeutic and meditative. It can ease and soothe muscle tension while relieving stress as well.
To get the most from the stress-busting benefits of dry brushing, set aside a certain time each day when you can create a calming environment, quiet your mind of distractions, and focus dry brushing as personal time to take care of yourself.
Maybe it can become an energizing start to the morning, or quiet time you look forward to as a relaxing way to unwind after a long day. Either way, taking that time for yourself can help keep stress at bay.
Natural energy boost
I can’t explain why but dry brushing always gives me a natural energy boost. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend dry brushing at night but it is great in the morning. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Either way, dry brushing is part of my morning routine.
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.
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.