Dry Skin Brushing for Stretch Marks & Rejuvenation
Becoming a mother usually means streamlining our morning routine. This means finding any way possible to cut back our shower time, prep time, and cooking time. So, when someone tells you that they have something great that will add 5-10 minutes to your daily routine, it better be amazing! Dry skin brushing is nothing short of amazing! It is something that needs to be added to your routine. If not daily, at least work it into your occasional beauty routine. This ayurvedic cleaning philosophy removes dead skin & impurities, increases muscle tone, stimulates blood circulation, aids in reducing cellulite and stretch marks, assists in eliminating toxins from your body, prevents premature aging and so much more!
What is Dry Skin Brushing?
Dry skin brushing is simply brushing your dry skin with a special brush. (More on that later!) Your skin, the largest organ in your body, is also an organ of elimination, similar to your colon or kidneys. It excretes an estimated one-third of your bodies daily impurities. It helps to keep your pores clear and able to assist your body in removing toxins. This organ, your skin, is the last to receive nutrients in the body. But yet it is the first to shows signs of imbalance or deficiency. It is crucial to so many aspects of your health,and well being so it’s important to keep it properly maintained. Dry brushing can help with that!
5 Reasons You NEED to start Dry Skin Brushing
1. Reduce Stretch Marks
Dreaded stretch marks can occur during pregnancy, rapid weight-gain or loss, puberty and sudden changes in body size. Upwards of ninety percent of pregnant women will get stretch marks around their abdomen, hips and thighs during or following pregnancy. Are your struggling with trying to diminish or fade these marks? Dry Skin brushing is one of the most powerful exfoliators. It gets deep into your pores to cleanse dirt, grime and other toxins. Keeping your pores open helps to expel waste and increases absorption rate of skin lotions. This natural, inexpensive remedy can be used to reduce the appearance of both new and old stretch marks. It can help them to turn white and begin to fade, resulting in less noticeable marks. The pores of your skin are strengthened through gentle stretching of the connective tissue which regenerates the production of collagen.
2. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
Your lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste products in your body. It consists of tissues and organs that produce, store and carry white blood cells which helps to fight infection and disease. When your lymphatic system is not working properly and is congested, waste and toxins can build up leading to disease and inflammation. Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system helping to reduce waste and toxins. Forget the expensive juice cleanses, dry brush your skin daily as a great way to aid your body in detoxification!
3. Reduce Cellulite
Along with stretch marks, cellulite is another dreaded word that women hate to hear. Dry skin brushing can help to soften these fat deposits found below the skin and distribute them more evenly. Thus helping reducing the appearance of cellulite. Essentially, you are working on removing “stagnant toxins” that break down connective tissue leading to cellulite.
You know that exfoliation can help to transform skin from dry and flaky to radiant and smooth. Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin. This improves the texture and appearance while allowing your skin to “breathe.”
5. Relieves Stress
The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative. Trying to work a few minutes into your routine where you can dry brush in a quiet space can be compared to a light whole-body massage. It may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress.
How To Dry Brush
What You’ll Need
For best results dry skin brushing should be done regularly and before showering. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine. A good way to add it to your routine is doing your brushing before your morning shower. However, remember, twice a week is better than not at all! Avoid doing it too close to bedtime as it may leave you feeling energized.
When brushing always brush toward your heart. This is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Begin at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or open wounds.
You should be applying firm but not painful pressure (avoid “scrubbing”) while brushing. Your skin should be pink after a session but not red or irritated. Also, brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes. Follow your dry brushing with a shower to ensure you wash away dead skin cells and impurities. Be sure to follow up your dry brushing and shower with a high quality, chemical free lotion or coconut oil to seal in the moisture.
This amazing method of exfoliation aids your body in cleansing, detox, rejuvenation and so much more. Try it and you will positively get hooked! The investment is small (you can get a high quality brush for less than $20) and the pay off is large! If you have never tried it we can guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised!
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Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in the middle of nowhere USA with her sweet little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move or adventure. You can often find her trying to get in her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after her very energetic little boy! She is constantly fueled and energized by her love for healthy eating and occasionally copious amounts of caffeine.