Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? It is a fairly important one too! Your skin protects your insides, keeps your temperature regulated, produces vitamin D when in contact with the sun and also produces antibacterial substances designed to protect you against potential infections.
We put our skin through a lot and though many of us spend time cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing the skin on our face, and perhaps our legs, there is often a whole lot of skin that gets neglected.
Dry brushing is a simple technique that has numerous health benefits, not to mention being very relaxing and enjoyable! Here are some of the reasons why dry brushing should be part of your weekly self-pampering routine:
Improves Circulation - The process of dry brushing stimulates blood circulation which is integral to healthy muscles tone and the even distribution of fat cells. (This means it can help reduce cellulite!).
Stimulates Your Lymphatic System - The lymphatic system in your body is made up of an intricate web of lymphatic tubules. These are responsible for transporting dead cells and other waste matter from your tissues into your blood so that it can be eliminated from the body. The action of dry brushing works to stimulate this lymphatic drainage process which stimulates the flow of lymph through your body. This means that it aids in protecting the body against waste build-up that can cause inflammation and disease.
Rejuvenates Your Nervous System - Your skin is made up of a combination of nerves, glands and multiple skin layers. The act of dry brushing helps rejuvenate your nervous system by gently stretching and massaging the connective tissues. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibres that keep your skin looking firm, healthy and youthful.
Exfoliates - There is the added benefit of exfoliating by sloughing off dead skin and unclogging your skin pores. It also works to stimulate sweat and oil glands that are vital to keeping your skin healthy and supple, leaving your skin looking fresh and vibrant.
Reduces Stress - The relaxing massaging effect of dry scrubbing will leave you feeling fantastic because it cleanses your skin at the same time as gently relieving muscle tension. Making it a great ‘me time’ way of relieving stress!