If you suffer from fluid retention, cellulite and dry skin, you can easily help fight it from the comfort of your home by following this simple Dry Skin Brushing guide.
With Christmas and New Years over, now is the time for good skin maintenance and care. One of the best things you can do at home is dry skin brushing to boost the lymphatic drainage of toxins and unwanted fats from the body. The accumulation of toxins and waste products forms fat and cellulite dimples around the areas of the body such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, waist and arms. The lymphatic system is critical for a good immune system and removal of these waste products… let’s face it, after Christmas the lymphatic system is working hard!
The value of dry skin brushing has been known for centuries. The Russians and the Finns use birch twigs to open their pores and stimulate circulation before a steam bath or sauna. The Turks use coarse towels to rub dead skin off the body before and after a bath.
Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing for Lymphatic Drainage
- Daily dry skin brushing removes the top layer of dead skin cells and allows the skin to breathe and regenerate
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- Increases blood circulation to organs and tissues
- Removes waste and toxic build up in the tissues
- Tones the muscles
- Reduces cellulite
Use a long-handled, natural vegetable fibre brush, available from the chemist or local health food store. Make sure it is NOT SYNTHETIC or it will irritate the skin.
Before having a shower and turning the water on (when the body is still dry) …. start by brushing upwards from the feet up the legs in rows or lines, all the way up the thighs and start again at the feet. Then from the hands, brush in an upward direction to the shoulders in lines using one-stroke movements. Cover the entire surfaces of the skin including the stomach, chest and back….always moving in upward directions, scraping and brushing the dry skin cells.
Use a softer brush for your face, because the blood vessels are closer to the surface of the skin and can be broken if brushed too hard.
When you are finished, have your shower. Afterwards your skin will feel smooth, refreshed and invigorated.
Tip: Do not dry skin brush if your skin is infected or bleeding.