EXFOLIATION PART 2 – DRY BRUSHING
Hello my NC Beauties,
Are we all feeling nice and exfoliated? I’m hoping everyone was able to take a few minutes and spend some time on YOU! You might have noticed my most recent blog post was called Exfoliation Par t 1, I did that because after gushing on the benefits of using a scrub I realized that there was one type of exfoliation that I’d be remiss in not writing about. DRY BRUSHING! Yes ladies, another step that takes 5 minutes but definitely needs to be added to your daily routing because it’s important and shouldn’t be skipped. So what is dry brushing you ask? Well, I dug up this little gem from our friends at Mind Body Green for starters. We all know that our skin plays a huge role in supporting optimal detoxification BUT if covered with toxins and dead skin cells, there is no way to eliminate wastes from your body. That, my dear beauties is where this handy little tool steps in. Dry skin brushing not only brushes off the dead skin cells but also activates waste removal from your lymph nodes. And although this is more than enough of a reason to start, I love sharing as much as I can with you beauties so I’ll summarize the multiple benefits below.
1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System – Let’s get the waste out ladies! You know how adamant I am about keeping toxins out of any of your products but no matter how hard we try they still creep into our system and we need to do everything we can to eliminate the waste. Waste and toxins that build up in your system can make you sick, did you know that lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease? Dry brushing stimulates your system and helps your lymphatic system release the toxins and is a powerful detoxification aid.
2. Exfoliation – Dry brushing removes the dead dry skin, clearing you clogged pores and allowing your skin to breathe!
3. Increase Circulation – Dry brushing increases the circulation in your skin encouraging the removal of metabolic waste.
4. Reduce Cellulite – Stop using the creams that promise to get rid of cellulite, they are probably loaded with the same toxins you are trying to eliminate! When you dry brush there are two benefits as it relates to cellulite. First, you help soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing them more evenly which should help diminish the appearance of cellulite. Two, dry brushing helps eliminate the toxins that are said to break down connective tissue in your skin.
5. Stress Relief – The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative, especially if added to a calming bath routine. It sort of feels like a light body massage with is always nice before a warm bath.
6. Improved Digestion and Kidney Function – The benefits of dry brushing go deeper. Many naturopathic doctors use it to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes help your body shed excess water and toxins.
Now that you’re informed, head to your local health food store and buy yourself a brush, but please remember to buy one made with natural, not synthetic, bristles. The best time to brush is first thing in the morning, before you shower, but you can also do it before bed. Lastly, I found this great piece on how to dry brush properly. In short, you can begin at the ankles using light but firm strokes then work your way up to your legs, brush your stomach then your arms and shoulders. Remember to always brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally.
And this, my dear beauties, is the simple, yet very effective art of dry brushing. After doing my research I’m definitely ready to incorporate this into my shower/bath routine and really try to be as consistent as possible. I’m also going to use one of Natura Culina’s Shea Butters after to make sure my skin stays hydrated. I hope that you too can add this to your daily routine and enjoy the beautiful glow of detoxified skin and body. Let’s brush away to better health!
Natura Culina Shea Butter: naturaculina.com/exfoliation-part-1-scrubs
How to dry brush properly: http://goop.com/how-to-dry-brush-and-why-its-so-potent/