Ask yourself a question: what’s the largest organ your body has?
You’re probably thinking along the lines of lungs or liver, but the actual answer is… your skin! Your skin is vital to eliminating toxins and receives a third of all the blood circulating in your body, but is the last to receive any nutrients, which means it needs a bit of a helping hand.
One of the best things you can do for your skin is treat it to a daily dose of dry skin brushing.
What are the benefits?
They are huge. Dry brushing increases the circulation of blood to the skin, meaning that you can reduce the appearance of cellulite, which is toxic waste material accumulating in your fat cells. Dry brushing also helps to shed dead skin cells, making your skin look brighter and smoother, and also discourages those annoying ingrown hairs. It also improves lymphatic drainage which helps to release toxins and encourages your body to discharge metabolic waste and run more effectively, as well as helping your skin to absorb nutrients by unclogging pores.
How do I do it?
One of the best things about dry skin brushing is that you can do it by yourself at home without lots of expensive equipment – all you need is a natural bristle brush. A long handled one is best so you can reach all areas of your body. Brush your skin before you shower or bathe in the morning, working in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes. Begin at the ankles with upwards movements towards the heart – the lymphatic fluid runs through the blood towards the heart, so make sure you brush in the same direction (your back is the only exception to this rule – brush from the neck down to the lower back. When you’ve done your ankles, move up to your lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms, taking care around the sensitive skin around the chest and breasts and avoiding moles or sores.