The Benefits Of Dry Body Brushing
When you think of detoxifying, most people will automatically think of cleansing the liver, gut, kidneys etc, but what most people don't realise is that your skin gets rid of almost 1/4 of your body's toxins and is your largest organ, so exfoliating your skin has huge detoxifying benefits. And the best way to do this is to dry body brush your skin on a daily basis (just before you step into the shower or bath is ideal).
Removing the dead skin cells will allow toxins to leave the body, as well as leave you with smooth glowing skin and help to soften and remove dry patches. It will also help to reduce and prevent cellulite (forget creams that are targeted towards this - they don't work). There are many other benefits to dry body brushing including stimulating the lymphatic system (which collects, transports and eliminates waste) which in turn helps promote your immune system and stimulates the oil producing glands giving you a natural moisturiser to soften the skin. And of course it stimulates the circulation, you can actually feel the blood flowing through your veins when you are body brushing and it leaves you feeling so invigorated and ready for the day. You will find many spas using dry body brushing at the start of many body treatments.
A dry brush for the body will have dense stiff bristles so that it exerts enough pressure without actually lifting your skin off. So it's important to use firm pressure on your skin to do it's job. It's not meant to be a soft massage but neither is it meant to make you cry.
Get into the habit of daily body brushing, it's essential for detoxifying! Start with your feet and work your way up your body with circular movement towards the heart (don't use this brush on your face - it's too rough). And the best thing about it is that you see and feel the benefits immediately so there is instant incentive to keep going. I must admit, it takes a bit of getting used to remembering to do it every day, which is why the best time is first thing in the morning before you jump in the shower or get dressed. So leave it somewhere obvious that you can't miss it. Let's face it, once you're dressed there's no going back, particularly on a cold winters morning!
These are good quality brushes for dry body brushing: