What is dry brush exfoliation? A dry brush exfoliation involves the use of a soft, dry, natural brush to gently brush the skin. It is used in spas and recommended by holistic practitioners to remove dead skin cells, improve the circulation of blood and lymph, and to enhance detoxification through skin.
Your skin is the body’s largest organ and the body’s first line of defense. In addition to exercising or getting massages, skin brushing will enhance and speed up the body’s release of toxins by also encouraging exfoliation, blood circulation, and new cell growth. The purpose of dry brushing is to stimulate blood and lymph flow, and to remove toxins from the body. It can also be very relaxing. Some sources also claim that dry brushing can smooth fat deposits and reduce cellulite.
Always brush up towards the heart. Start by brushing the soles of the feet, because the nerve endings in the feet affect the entire body. Next brush the ankles, calves, and thighs, then brush across your stomach and buttocks. Lastly, brush from your hands to your arms. Do circular, counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen and lighter strokes over and around the breasts, but do not brush the nipples. Brush each part of the body several times and make sure you brush the entire body as shown in the above diagram. For the best results, exercise before brushing, and do this in the morning before showering. Do this about twice a week and you should feel very energetic and rejuvenated! Do not brush on your face! You can try this same technique in the shower with a loofah, too!
I’ve never heard about this before, but it sounds really relaxing and nice! I definitely want to try it, and I’ll let you guys know how it feels when I do!
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