Every morning – it’s one of the best ways to take care of your skin.
Skin brushing is a simple technique that stimulates blood and lymph flow (which helps in waste removal also reducing visible signs of cellulite), exfoliates skin, encourages new cell growth and can sustain or reestablish your skin's integrity. All of these beneficial processes will only positively affect your body and overall health. (super beneficial in my book!)
Skin Brushing Promotes Skin Beauty and Health and Vitality.
Decreased sweat and oil gland functions are features of aging. Proper skin brushing stimulates both the sweat and oil glands, which will help in the restoration of moist, supple skin. It will strengthen the skins pores through which the skin is moisturized and cleansed.
Skin brushing affects the dermis (the skin layer that contains an abundance of blood and lymph vessels), nerves, glands, elastin and collagen fibers. The dermis provides nutrients and moisture to all the skin layers and lends contour and flexibility. When the dermis ages it loses its resilience, causing your skin to lose tone. This causes the skin to dehydrate and collapse into sags, wrinkles and lines.
Tips for Skin Brushing
~To brush your skin, start at you feet and sweep up the legs in long, light brisk movements. All skin brushing movements should be towards the heart, to encourage the return of blood and lymphatic flow.
~Don’t be too rough. Because if you are, you will damage your skin and over ride all of the lymph drainage goodness you are trying to promote. Seriously, be gentle!
Over brushing causes the skin to turn red and become irritated.
Gentle strokes will open the lymphatic vessels, and you want this for detoxification purposes.
~Do it first thing in the morning, when the increased blood flow will help wake you up!
Shower. Yep, do this in the shower. Either dry or wet!
Dry skin brushing is done this way ... before the water is turned on brush your skin.
Wet skin brushing ... you guessed it. The water is turned on and you brush your skin with the shower water flowing.
What to use? – There are brushes especially for this, I find these the easiest to use. Try a loofah sponge or even a washcloth.
During the Middle Ages wine was used as an exfoliante. With this in mind you could try kombucha tea or apple cider vinegar. Personally, I like to use apple cider vinegar every month.
How to do this?
Pick up some healthy apple cider vinegar (Braggs is normally the easiest to obtain) put about 1/2 C - 1 C into a non breakable dish.
Dip your brush into your apple cider vinegar then do your normal routine with skin brushing. You'll get better results if you do this one dry. No water running, just dip your brush into the apple cider vinegar (or what ever you choose to use) brush your skin, enjoy that awesome tingly feeling that this will bring about. Then take your shower!
Awesomeness for quick, easy ways to help benefit your skin and well being.
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