Favourite Things: The Dry Brush

By Monday, March 17, 2014 0 , Permalink 0

Something so simple.

A dry brush can actually encourage fat cells to be better distributed. But keep in mind, brushing your skin when it’s dry is the most important part. Forever, I had been scrubbing my skin in the shower with those scratchy, exfoliation gloves. This may be getting your skin clean but in no way, does it have the same effect as brushing when your skin is dry. In fact, even after a three minute session of dry brushing, your skin will feel soft and clean, you’ll be hooked.
Your body has an intricate railroad of lymphatic vessels. These act as a network and consist of thin tubes that branch out, into tissues throughout the body. This system is responsible for transporting infection-fighting cells, removing foreign matter and cleaning-up cell debris. These reasons alone, make it an extremely important part of the body’s immune system.
Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, allowing it to push fluids through more easily. It’s also a great aid to the largest organ in our body, the skin. Dry brushing helps the skin detoxify via lymph and through millions of pores.

Healthy skin needs to breathe. Rid it regularly of dry skin cells and the body will react by producing new skin cells more rapidly. Your skin will immediately feel silkier and on the long term, will look healthier, loosing that dry, pasty apperance.

The Epicurean Table

Dry Skin Brushing Benefits

  • Accelerates toxin elimination
  • Stimulates blood flow and circulation
  • Aids digestions Reduces cellulite
  • Unplugs pores
  • Enhances lymphatic flow
  • Exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells
  • Anti-aging through cell regeneration
  • Polishes skin, stimulating both the sweat & sebaceous glands
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Light candles and take time to RELAX. You deserve it.

 

How to Dry Brush the Skin

  1. Brush your body before you shower or bathe, preferably in the morning
  2. Start at your feet and always brush toward your heart. Use brisk circular motions or long, even strokes. Brush all the way up your legs, buttocks, and back. Then in a circular motion at your abdomen
  3. Brush lightly on sensitive areas like breasts and more firmly on areas like soles of the feet. When you reach your arms, begin at your fingers and brush up your arms, toward your heart. Brush your shoulders and chest down, always toward your heart
  4. Avoid brushing anywhere the skin is broken. Finish by taking a shower and if you choose, use cold/hot therapy to further stimulate the lymphatic system and improve circulation
  5. Pat dry and massage pure plant oils into your skin such as almond, sesame, avocado, coconut, olive or cacoa butter

Instructions thanks to: The Whole Body Detox

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Our view of Kootenay Lake from the dry sauna.

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