You may be thinking, why do I need to add something else to my already busy morning routine? Let me assure you, the extra five minutes this takes is well worth the investment!
The benefits of dry skin brushing include:
- Increasing the circulation to the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite.
- Shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin.
- Improves vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
- Releases toxins thereby encouraging the body's discharge of metabolic waste so your body runs more effectively.
- Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
- Helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
- Helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
In my experience, dry body brushing first thing in the morning can actually set up a perfect day! By doing something solely for yourself first thing in the morning, you can develop a beautiful follow-through effect, starting with a healthy breakfast – why ruin all the good work you just did?
1. Start on dry skin before bathing.
2. Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
3. Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart (the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it's important that you brush in the same direction.)
4. Your back is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to the lower back.
5. After you've finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms.
6. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
7. Shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
8. Follow up with a moisturizer to nourish the skin.
Just try it for 30 days ... your body will love you for it!!
Tip: alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.