Dry Skin Brushing to Improve Skin Condition


It is well known that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day, also making it, one of the most important elimination organs!

Why skin brush?

Toxicity can gather beneath the skin’s surface from such common influences such as improper pH levels in body soaps and skin products, plus synthetic fibers worn next to the skin.

Benefits of skin brushing

  • Increases lymphatic flow helping flush the system and allows the skin  to easily absorb nutrients ( imperative for lymphoedema patients)
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Increases circulation in the skin ( improving skin condition reducing the possible occurrence of cellulitis)
  • Keep the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes
  • Improves ability to combat bacteria
  • Helps your skin look and feel healthier and resilient
  • Removes dry and dead skin (reducing cracking of the skin)
  • Natural defoliant without stripping your skin of its natural oils
  • Tightens skin
  • Aids digestion
  • Helps remove cellulite
  • Increases cell renewal
  • Reduces Keratosis Polaris making your skin feel smoother
  • The gentle brushing action calms the body reducing stress increasing blood flow and stimulating nerve endings, regenerating the nervous system which has an energising effect

 How To Do Skin Brushing:

  1. Buy a natural, non-synthetic, long handled bristle brush or use skin brushing mittens.
  2. Brush skin before showering or bathing, at least once a day. For lymphoedema patients morning and evening is best.
  3. Do NOT wet your skin. Having dry skin and a dry brush is essential for the best results.
  4. Use long stokes all over the body, always brushing towards the heart. Brush the soles of your feet first, because the nerve endings there affect your whole body. Next brush your ankles, calves, and thighs, then brush across the stomach and the buttocks and lastly brush your hands and up your arms.
  5. Do lighter strokes over and around your breasts, but do not brush the nipples.
  6. Brush each part of your body several times vigorously.
  7. Always skin brush upwards towards the heart unless otherwise instructed by your therapsit.
  8. Do circular counter-clockwise strokes on your abdomen.

Now take a warm bath or shower, which should always be followed by a cold rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation. Then complete this routine by lovingly caressing your  body all over,  with moisturising lotion/cream.

TIP : Wash your brushes every few weeks in water and allow to dry in the sun

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