Dry skin brushing, a simple method for brushing the skin with a natural bristled brush or mitt is, in my opinion, the bomb-dot-com. Known to stimulate circulation, improve skin texture, and assist the body's lymphatic system in the removal of toxins, dry brushing has become a popular health and beauty aid.
Having been blessed with not only a pear shaped body but also a sedentary job, cellulite has been my issue for as long as I can remember. However, over the last two years my cellulite seemed to be worsening and I finally made up my mind to do something about it.
Hours of google searches later, I decided that exercise, increased water intake, dry skin brushing, and a practice known as cupping would be my formula for smoother legs. No worries, I will be writing about my cupping experience in a future blog post.
How To Begin Dry Skin Brushing
As stated before, the only thing needed to begin dry skin brushing is a good body brush. I started out with a brush but switched to an amazing body mitt (the colorful one shown here) made from sisal, a natural plant fiber. The tan mitt is made from jute which is also a natural fiber. I chose this mitt because it has a harder exfoliation but little irritation.
Start with bare skin. Remember ladies, you need to be completely dry to achieve the desired result. First, begin brushing the skin in long circular motions from the tops of the feet and up the legs towards the heart. Brush the tummy area in a counter-clockwise motion and the buttocks in an upward sweep towards the lower back. When doing the upper body start with the hands and move up towards the armpits. Your skin should feel tingly and stimulated.
The whole process should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes. After brushing is complete, take a shower or soak in a bath of epsom salts, and apply a good moisturizer. I usually apply coconut oil after I get out of the shower. Do this at least 3 times per week for 30 days and notice the difference in your skin!
Proposed Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
- To aid the body's lymphatic system which consists of the lymph fluid, lymph vessels, and lymph nodes responsible for toxin removal and proper lymph drainiage.
- Exfoliates and invigorates the skin
- Promotes healthy circulation
- Improves the appearance of stretchmarks, blemishes, and skin texture.
My Experience So Far
One month into my dry brushing routine and I am hooked. After the first week, I developed a mild rash on the backs of my knees. The rash wasn't itchy and may have been a result of detoxification. I left the area alone for about 3 days and the rash went away with no problem.
The dry brushing gave me a boost of morning energy, my legs felt less congested at the end of the day, and I felt like I had less muscle soreness from my workouts. These effects were most likely due to the increased stimulation and improved circulation.
After the first month, my cellulite is less pronounced and my skin feels silky and soft. The small surface blemishes on my calves, thighs and butt have started to fade and I've noticed an improvement in the depth of the stretchmarks on my tummy.
Finally, I saw changes in a very old and slow to heal scar on my right knee. After only two weeks of dry brushing, the scar began to decrease in thickness and began the healing process. Amazing right?
Dry skin brushing may not be the cure all for getting rid of cellulite but in my case, it has definitely been a game changer for healthy skin tone, texture, and tissue swelling.
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