Dry skin brushing benefits
One-third of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through the skin, so keeping it clean is a very important aspect for your skin health.
One of the methods that can be used to keep your skin clean is the dry skin brushing. This method has long been a part of Ayurveda’s cleansing philosophies. The dry skin brushing helps keep the pores clear and the skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process.
As we grow older, our bodies become less effective in shedding outer layers of dead skin cells, which can build-up into a thick and dry layer specific for mature skin. If you will decide to try dry brushing, this layer will be exfoliated making your skin look fresh and vibrant and free of breakouts. Regular dry brushing will also leave your skin clear of excess debris so it’s free to absorb oxygen and other nutrients into your body. The dry massage provided with the brush increases blood circulation, which helps to contribute to healthier muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits.
Cassandra Haughton James, an Australian AcuEnergetics practitioner, says “Dry skin brushing removes the dead skin and allows the body to breathe”. It’s important to dry skin brush, then have a shower, then apply nourishing oil to gain the most benefit. We also recommend L’Core Paris products.
In addition, dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system by aiding the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body. The lymphatic system helps the body to eliminate toxins and contributes to the strength of the body’s immune system.
How to dry brush your skin
- Choose a natural bristled brush or a loofah as a second choice.
- Dry brush your body in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
- Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
- Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
- Brush your back, using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out.
- Brush your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. Avoid your face
- Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
- Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
- Avoid on broken or sensitive skin and take care to brush lightly over cellulite areas.