The 411 on Dry Brushing

The 411 on Dry Brushing to Aid Detox What is dry brushing? Said to have similar effects to that of massage, dry brushing which is offered at spas, can also be practiced at home. You can integrate dry brushing into your morning and/or evening routine and enjoy the numerous health benefits. Some of these benefits include: reducing the appearance of cellulite, releasing toxins from the skin, shedding dead skin cells, aiding muscle tone, allowing your skin to absorb nutrients (by unclogging pores). Five minutes a day can leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed, and detoxified.

How does dry brushing work? Because it exfoliates the skin, new cells are allowed to grow in the dead skin cells’ place. This causes vibrancy and optimal absorption of nutrients. How is it similar to massage? “The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can then be eliminated,” says Robin Jones, spa director at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX. Your body naturally does this, but dry brushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better. How exactly do you dry brush? Begin at your ankles and work in gentle, circular, upward motions. Working upward toward the heart means you are brushing in the same direction the lymphatic fluid flows through the body. Alternate with longer, smoother strokes as you work your way upward (and out when you arrive at the arms). The only exception will be on the back. When brushing this area, work from the neck down to the lower back. Once finished, wash away impurities by showering. Those who want to stimulate blood circulation and continue to cleanse the lymphatic system can try alternating temperatures between hot and cold while taking a shower. If you’re up to it - this trick will bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin. How do I know if it’s working? How does your skin feel? It should feel smoother and softer after one attempt at brushing. You’ll also feel more energized. “Some people even say the detox and circulatory boost helps with digestive issues and skin problems such as acne,” Another way to determine if it’s working, “wipe your body with a dry washcloth right after brushing, then store the cloth in a sealable bag. After a few days later, give it a whiff - you will recognize that toxins were released.” This test might be too much for some to try, however, you’ll be assured (and thankful) it’s working! Finally - how do you implement dry brushing into your routine? First, find your brush. Ranging from $5 - $25 in price, you can pick up a dry brush from your local health market, or other general stores. If you want to shop online, click here for the list of top 10 dry brushes available: Once you have your brush, decide when you want to try implementing five minutes into your routine. At night? In the morning when you wake up, pre shower? You’ll want to be sure to pat your skin with a dry towel when you are finished or shower immediately following in order to wash away the dead skin. Ultimately, brushing is a good addition to your Skinny Up! Detox. While your body is detoxifying at an incredible rate, and Yeast Redux is ridding your system of Candida Yeast overgrowth, all of these toxins are going to need to leave your body, and most of them will be wanting to exit through your skin. Think of how refreshed and invigorated you will feel when you begin to brush daily. If you aren’t currently detoxing, maybe it’s time to attempt or revisit as a jump start to this new year! Resources:

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