Your skin eliminates nearly 1/4 of your toxins every day. However, if you're slathering on toxic moisturizer and not exfoliating or dry skin brushing regularly, then you're missing out on an amazing and invigorating way to detoxify.
Dry skin brushing is an incredible way to support detoxification through the skin and to stimulate flow of the lymphatic system, which helps to eliminate toxic waste from the body to support your immune system and help your skin glow!
What Is a Dry Skin Brush?
A dry brush is a brush made of dense stiff bristles. I recommend looking for a dry skin brush made of natural fibres – not plastic or synthetic. The bristles should be strong enough so that when you use it on your body, it feels comfortably uncomfortable, meaning not too soft, but it shouldn't scratch your skin either.
What Are The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing?
1. detoxes the skin
Dry skin brushing will help to gently slough off dead skin cells, giving your skin more of a glowy appearance and allowing toxins to move out of it more efficiently.
2. Cleanses the lymphatic system
Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system which is connected to your immune system. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels that transport metabolic waste and important molecules to be cleansed by the lymphatic organs including the spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes, liver and tonsils.
Did you know you have more lymph fluid in your body than you do blood? The difference is that your lymphatic system doesn't have a pump like your circulatory system does to pump blood. As long as the heart keeps pumping, the blood moves around and we stay alive. But since the lymphatic system does not have a pump, it relies on our own stimulation of it to keep moving.
Certain things you can do to stimulate the lymphatic system include: exercise, rebounding (jumping on a trampoline), yoga and of course, dry skin brushing!
3. Helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite
Toxins are stored in fat and when we dry brush, it helps to eliminate toxins. Dry brushing = potential cellulite reduction!
4. Softens skin
Dry skin brushing helps to clear the oil, dirt and residue from our pores. It's also going to stimulate oil-producing glands which help to give you soft skin!
6. Stimulates circulation
Unlike our circulatory system, our lymphatic system doesn't have a pump. However, when we dry skin brush, it acts like a manual pump which increases blood flow to aid in healing. It also helps to carry nutrients throughout the body.
7. Invigorating energy boost
I would recommend dry skin brushing in the morning before you shower versus at night because it can actually be very stimulating! This is because it increases blood flow (much like exercise does) which is naturally going to give you a joyous boost of energy!
How Do I Dry Skin Brush?
I've put together a video for you to show you how to dry skin brush! Please note, the Dry Skin Brush we have available in the Joyous Shop is smaller (it is 6") than the one used in the video.
You can find dry skin brushes at most health food stores, or we have them available in the Joyous Shop! Each Sisal fiber dry skin brush is ethically and sustainably produced in Sri Lanka by women in villages who are given flexible working hours and never discriminated against based on gender, religion, language or cast. Sisal fibres are extracted from the Agava sisalana plant which are strong and durable, do not absorb moisture easily and are resistant to damage by saltwater. SHOP NOW!
How To Clean Your Dry Skin Brush
You actually don't need to clean your dry skin brush with soap and water as much as you might think you need to. I'll give it a good shake after I'm done with it (in the shower or over a garbage) and every once in awhile, I'll wash it using non-toxic soap and water. I would recommend filling your sink with warm water and putting a few drops of an essential oil or castile soap and then hanging it to dry. It may take anywhere from 24-48 hours to dry, but make sure it is dry before using it again.
Go get dry skin brushing and let me know how fabulous you feel!