Did you know there’s a simple beauty trick that only takes five minutes out of your day, costs next to nothing and cleanses your body inside and out?
The trick is ‘dry skin brushing’ part of an ancient Ayurveda cleansing philosophy.
Ayurveda is a 500-year-old science originating from India, believed by many to be the oldest healing discipline.
As we age, our bodies become less effective in shedding outer layers of dead skin cells. This build-up of dead skin can result in a thick, dry and somewhat leathery look, which is often common with more mature skin. You can exfoliate this outer layer with a brushing technique.
Dry skin brushing may be the single most important therapy you add to any detox program.
Your skin is your largest elimination organ. It releases a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity.
As well as exfoliating this outer layer, dry skin brushing also stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture for the skin. It helps keep skin young and fresh, vibrant and free of breakouts.
If your skin cannot efficiently release toxins, you may experience rashes, acne, itchiness, body odor, or even eczema and psoriasis. Dead skin cells, excreted wastes and external pollution (including dirt and skin care products) can build up and clog the pores. Clogged pores inhibit your skin from effectively releasing toxins.
If toxins are unable to escape through the skin they will either be stored in fat cells, contributing to cellulite and other fatty deposits, or they will be re-circulated back into the blood stream. This causes the kidneys, liver and other detox organs to overwork and create congestion.
People who sit at a computer screen all day long or who have inactive lifestyles will particularly benefit from ‘dry skin brushing’. Those who as a result of their work often experience stiff, sore necks and shoulders that reach even into their arms and down their spines and into their lower backs will also find relief from skin brushing.
How can a seemingly easy practice like dry skin brushing have such an impact on your whole body health?
Well… the brushing technique simply encourages an increased blood flow to the areas brushed and you will experience a boost in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energized and invigorated. The process stimulates blood and lymph flow, removes dead skin cells, stimulates the hormone and oil glands, tightens the skin and completely nurtures your body.
To follow the skin brushing regime first purchase a natural, NOT synthetic, bristle brush (vegetable bristle) with a long handle, so you can reach all areas of your body.
Brush your dry body once a day before you shower or bathe, preferably in the morning.
Begin brushing your skin in long sweeping strokes starting from the soles of your feet and up your legs, your front and your back, brushing as vigorously as you feel able.
Work from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction. Always brush towards the heart. Try and brush several times in each area, over-lapping as you go.
Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken. After brushing your skin, rinse off in the shower.
The results have tremendous benefits… such an essential tool for good circulation, strengthening your immune system, toning your muscles and improving your digestion.
Consider this a powerful detoxifying therapy for your body inside and out! And If done regularly as part of your daily cleansing routine you will be pleased with the effective results it has on your total wellbeing.