You know what one of the best investments I ever made was…purchasing a dry skin brush; it has been making the world of difference during this whole skin detox I’m still trying to get through. I had read about it right before Hurricane Sandy came through to say hello to my area and decided to grab one. The dry skin brush arrived a day or two before the storm hit, so I got right to it. The Sunday the storm was really starting to pick up, we finally ended up losing power for almost a week, and I guess it was a bad time to pull the brush out because all I was working with was cold water!
I’m convinced that my experience with the brush during the week of Sandy was the reason I didn’t even glance at it for the next three months or so. My skin was extremely dry, rashed, and cracked because of the cold water and the brush seemed to be making my skin itchier than I had been before. So, the brush sat idle until I started this detox a little over six weeks ago, before I brought it out of hiding. This time around, I wanted to really study how to get the most out of the dry skin brush; all the sources I came across said to brush the whole body in circular motions, and most importantly, right before you even step into the bath or shower!
Along with the Epsom salt bath, I’ve added it back into my daily routine the past week, and I have to honestly say my skin feels more stimulated and calm. If you’re looking for one to start out with, I would highly suggest this Dry Skin Brush
, because not only is it inexpensive, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to rip up your skin either!
Before we get into the many pluses of using a dry skin brush, how have your experiences been with it, or what other brushes do you recommend?
Here are some more reasons why that brush should go right next to your tub:
According to Whole body detox diet.com,
Dry skin brushing is an essential tool for good circulation, strengthening the immune system, stimulating the nervous system, toning the muscles and improving digestion? Here is a list of the many inspiring benefits of dry skin brushing:
•Stimulates blood and lymph flow. The lymphatic system is an important part of your cleansing and immune system. White blood cells called lymphocytes carry nutrients to cells and remove waste. The lymph flows outside of the circulatory system to bathe, cleanse and restore all of our cells, but it must be returned to the blood vessels to dump its waste. It does this through tiny lymph vessels with one-way valves to the heart. If we don’t move the lymph quickly enough we end up with swollen tissues, particularly in the ankles. Exercise, massage and skin brushing help to speed the process and clear the lymphatic system.
•Removes dead skin cells. Dry skin is a sign of detoxification. It is important to remove the dead cells to keep from clogging the system. This will also improve skin texture and renew the skin cells.
•Stimulates the hormone and oil glands. With daily brushing and bathing, the skin can produce the oil needed to stay healthy. Sweating is an important part of detoxification but when your system is clogged, you may experience foul body odor and extra work is put onto the bladder, kidneys and liver. With regular exercise and cleansing the skin, you will notice that your sweat no longer smells. However, with increased detoxing on your whole body cleanse, you may find it gets worse before it gets better.
•Reduces cellulite. I (Cindy) had no idea that skin brushing would lessen cellulite until I started to see it in myself! It requires daily brushing for several months to start to see results. When you massage and stimulate the skin it begins to break up the toxic deposits of stored fatty tissues that pucker the overlying skin into cellulite. Connective tissue massage and releasing stored emotions are also good treatments for cellulite.
•Strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing can reduce the length of infections and illness by moving the toxins more quickly through the system and stimulating the lymph to move waste matter out.
•Stimulates the nervous system, tones the muscles, tightens the skin. By stimulating nerve endings in the skin, this technique will rejuvenate your nerves and activate individual muscle fibers, resulting in toner muscles. The increased blood flow to skin, and removing of dead cells, stimulates the creation of new skin cells which tightens and regenerates overall skin health.
•Nurtures your body. Maybe one of the most important benefits of this practice is purely the pleasure of nurturing your body. Learning to love your body is essential for weight loss and the healing of any bodily “dis-ease.” Spend this time, 5-15 minutes per day, giving your body the attention it craves and deserves. It works hard to support you. Giving it superior support will reward you many times over.
***All references came from http://www.whole-body-detox-diet.com/dry-skin-brushing.html***