Skin is a very important and often overlooked part of our body. The skin is the largest organ of the human body, accounting for 15% of our body weight. Skin is very important for sensation, such as touch and it also protects our internal systems from bacteria and water loss. Skin also regulates temperature through the expansion and constriction of our blood vessels and also through the sweat glands. On top of all of that, the skin also excretes toxins, salt, water, sebum (reduces water loss), bacteria, and more. Your skin also sheds about 30,000 dead cells every minute!
So what can you do to help this process along? Dry skin brushing, of course!
Dry skin brushing can remove toxins and dead cells that have become trapped in the skin, stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce cellulite, and unclog pours. (Goodbye adolescent acne!) It’s so simple, yet few people know about it. Recently, I bought myself a dry skin brush and my goal is to use it every day before I have a shower.
How do you use a dry skin brush?
- Make sure you buy a natural skin brush, not a synthetic one. It’s best to get one with a long handle so that you can reach your entire body (like your back). I bought mine at a local natural food store that also has a beauty department.
- Strip down and brush away! I stand in my shower so that I can wash away the dead skin that falls off. (I know. Ew.) Make sure you start at your feet and brush towards your heart. Run over every area of skin a couple times.
- Be careful as you brush over sensitive areas. Dry skin brushes can feel quite harsh on the skin at first, but you’ll get used to it! If you brush your face, be really gentle.
- After you brush, have a nice, warm shower, but not too hot because your skin may be sensitive.
- After your shower, towel down and apply coconut oil to your body.
- Remember to wash your brush once a week with natural soap and water. Leave your brush out to dry so that mold doesn’t grow on it.
Go out and buy a dry skin brush today! It’s worth it. It takes very little time (2-5 mins per day), yet it’s so good for you. It also feels great!