How so, you may say? No need for expensive treatments but rather by an old fashioned method. We are talking about dry brushing and it's an absolutely effective treatment for a whole host of reasons.
**So just what are the benefits?**
During winter our skin naturally dries out and becomes dull, ashy and flaky. Dry brushing effectively removes the dead skin flakes and stimulates our circulation by increasing blood flow.
As our body's largest organ the skin is responsible for approximately 1/3rd of the body's detoxification process. Blocked pores and dead skin flakes reduce the skins ability to detoxify, so keeping your skin in tip top shape, has other major benefits besides great looking skin.
Dry brushing is effective at breaking down cellulite. Cellulite is an accumulation up of toxic build up below the skin embedded in the fat cells. Through invigorating the skin and unclogging the pores, toxins can be released more readily and thus the appearance of cellulite will be reduced and over time can disappear altogether.
Best performed in the shower or in an empty bath so that the dead skin flakes are contained in one place and can then be washed down the drain as opposed to lying all over on the washroom floor. Also the bath provides convenient places to support your feet while brushing underneath your legs.
Preferably use a natural vegetable or Boar Hair bristle brush and avoid synthetic nylon bristles, which are prone to actually scratching the skin as opposed to brushing it. You can get one of the superior quality dry skin brushes here.
A two piece brush ,comprising of a long detachable handle and an oval brush with a hand strap work best. Great for those hard to reach places and with the handle removed, the brush fits in the hand securely.
Using the correct pressure for your skin type, be firm but not to the degree that it is uncomfortable or hurting your skin. Dry Skin Brushing may not be suitable for sensitive skin types, so if in doubt, it is best to test it out on a small area on the inside of your arms or legs first.
Use small circular motions or upward strokes and work from your feet upwards towards the heart. This way you are maximizing the lymphatic effect.
Once completed have a warm to hot shower and rinse off. No need to use soaps. After towel drying apply a high quality natural oil like Olive, Argan or Coconut Oil.
For the best results it is best to to dry brush 3 times a week for about a month. Thereafter once a week is adequate.
...and don't forget to treat your brushes to a soak in warm water and white vinegar which will clean the brush of your skin particles, oils and also naturally disinfect it. Leave it in a bright place to dry out before packing it away.
End it off with a refreshing and relaxing cup of hot peppermint tea brewed with fresh mint.
Here’s to a healthy, beautiful glowing skin!