Dry Brushing is an ancient practice of brushing the skin with a natural bristle brush to stimulate lymphatic flow, exfoliate skin, improve circulation and aid in the elimination of toxins. It is a cost effective method to regularly cleanse and detoxify your body inside and out.
The largest organ in the human body is the skin, it is a complex system comprised of nerves, cells and glands that is responsible for many roles including: protecting your body, enabling production of Vitamin D with sun exposure, sending messages to the brain, and as an organ of elimination. Approximately one third of the body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. If the skin is clogged with dead skin cells and toxins it will not be able to eliminate waste from your body efficiently.
Dry brushing aids in this elimination process and as such provides numerous other health benefits:
Stimulates the lymphatic system to improve normal lymph flow and help the body to detoxify itself.
Exfoliation - Regular dry brushing is one of the best ways to exfoliate the skin; removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores.
Improved Circulation - Dry brushing increases circulation to the skin which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.
Energy Boost- Increased circulation provides an energy boost, which is why dry brushing is best done in the morning.
Cellulite Reduction- Dry brushing may help to soften fat deposits so that fat is distributed more evenly and it may also remove toxins that break down connective tissue. Both processes help to diminish the appearance of cellulite.
Stress Relief- Many users find the process relaxing and therapeutic.
How it is done:
The first step is finding a high quality natural bristle brush. Sisal and jute brushes are excellent options as they are firm but not overly stiff. ** Do not store the brush in the shower as this could cause it to mold.
For best results dry brush daily in the morning prior to showering.
Always brush toward your heart as this is best for your lymphatic system and circulation.
Start at the soles of your feet and work your way up with long upward strokes on your feet and legs. The stomach is completed in a counter clockwise circle. Long upward strokes are used on the lower arms and lower back and long downward strokes on the upper arms, chest and upper back. The pressure should not be painful but your skin should get slightly pink. You can spend as much time in any area as you like. Overall sessions can be as short as 2 minutes and as long as 10 or more. It is better to do a short session than to skip one because you are short on time.
GLO Antiaging Treatment Bar in Calgary carries Merben Dry Brushes or try www.gloantiagingshop.com for Canadian online ordering.