Dry Body Brushing

Something I know I should do, and I know why, but uuuh who can really be bothered to brush themselves down like a pampered dog. Well it’s about to be me! Here’s why..

body-brush-recharge-ionic-body-brush-karmameju_1.jpgIf anyone needs motivation to get there body looking amazing, surely it should be me as I’m getting married in 3 months, SHITTING HELL, only 3 months. Why am I sitting here writing this, and not working out and having facials and getting waxed and everything else. Oh thats right, because I can’t be bothered! I do my little bits to keep myself looking alright, but I don’t want to live my life trying to look like a supermodel, because, well I am never gonna look like that and I want to live life joyfully.

Also, my fiancé is hopefully marrying me because he loves the me I am, not the me I could spend hours of treatments, hundreds of £’s and all of my sanity on trying to be.

But, saying that, I also want to look back at my wedding photos and think I looked good, and not like a scaley dragon. So welcome the dry body brushing.

I have had dry body brushes for a while, and I go through phases of using them. (you might have realised now through many of my blog posts that I go through phases of doing lots of things, I am not very motivated in the long term). Cold showers have actually done well with helping my skin retain moisture meaning it doesn’t dry out so much, but I am very aware it needs some extra help and there are so many benefits to dry body brushing.. such as..

Exfoliates Dead Skin

When in your teens and 20s, dry brushing isn’t necessary because the skin automatically renews itself. However, as you get older, it is helpful to exfoliate once or twice a week to help renew the skin and remove those dead skin cells so that you have a fresher appearance and healthier skin.

It’s important to do this gently so that you do not tear the skin. You don’t want to break down the skin’s protective layer or cause irritation to sensitive skin, which could get infected. Exfoliating too much can also dehydrate the skin, which is that last thing you want to do.

Stimulates the Lymphatic System

Because your skin helps to detoxify the body, it’s important to keep it healthy so that it can do its job. However, if your skin has too many toxins or dead skin cells, it may not be able to eliminate waste from your body as efficiently as needed.

Dry brushing your skin can help your lymphatic system, which has the job of removing toxins from the body and ultimately helps prevent you from getting sick. When inflammation builds up in the body, it can cause the body to struggle to fight off that inflammation. If the skin is healthy, it can help release those toxins so that the body is not having to work so hard to rid itself of them.

Reduces Cellulite

Everyone hates cellulite, and it seems to be so hard to lose. Cellulite is the appearance of cottage cheese skin predominantly seen on the legs, butt, stomach and back of the arms. It’s often caused by fluid retention, poor circulation, weak collagen structure and increased body fat in addition to hormonal imbalances, medical conditions, genetics, poor diet and toxicity.

Cellulite is most common in adolescent and adult women, but men can have it, too. While there are many claims to treatments, dry brushing may help stimulate the cells and break down toxins from beneath the skin, which may act as a natural remedy for cellulite.

Unclogs Pores

Overtime your pores can get clogged with dead skin cells, pollutants and cosmetics. This causes the liver and kidneys to work really hard to get rid of impurities. Dry skin brushing unclogs your skin’s pores and helps your skin absorb more nutrients, which promotes healthy skin and allows those toxins to release a bit easier.
Offers Stress Relief

Another benefit of dry brushing is that it’s similar to massage in decreasing stress, which is great for your health by eliminating anxiety. A study reported that whole body massage was effective in reducing anxiety and stabilizing vital signs of patients with acute coronary disorders. Dry brushing is similar to massage in helping you to relax, yet is far cheaper since you can do it yourself.

Much like a hand massage, dry brushing can provide much needed natural stress relief. When you are less stressed, your body heals much faster from any disease-causing inflammation that it may be have.

(benefits list partly taken from www.draxe.com)

So I am now fully educated on why I should be dry body brushing on a regular basis, but did you know, there is a particular way to do it. It’s not as simple as just brushing yourself all over if you really want to reap the benefits to the full extent. Below is a super hot lady with arrows all over her to show you the direction to brush..

As I’ve now got into a good routine of working out most mornings, I am gonna try and stick to doing this on a daily basis, so we’ll see, I might be as gorgeous as her by the time I get married.