DRY SKIN BRUSHING
Dry skin brushing is a technique where you use a bristle brush to brush the dry skin according to a certain pattern. This ancient ritual once practiced in Japan and Greece is becoming increasingly popular in European health resorts. On the internet you can find many articles about the benefits of dry brushing. Hard scientific evidence for this technique is still non-existent.
Enthusiasts of dry skin brushing claim that it can help with:
- blood circulation;
- stimulation of the lymphatic system;
- cellulite reduction;
- removal of dead skin cells.
How does it work?
- Always use a wooden brush with soft natural bristles. Synthetic brushes often contain chemicals and can damage the skin.
- Brush the skin for about two minutes with a dry brush before taking a shower or a bath.
- Start with the soles of the feet, because the nerve endings found there have the ability to affect the entire body. Then proceed to the ankles, shins, calves, thighs, stomach and buttocks. Brush your stomach in a circular motion from right to left in order to stimulate digestion.
- Then pay attention to your hands, arms, armpits, back and chest.
- Always brush in the direction of the heart. The image below displays the direction of brushing.
- Brush in firm strokes. Don’t press too hard to avoid skin irritation.
- Do not brush over infected skin or nipples.
- Afterwards alternate between hot and a cold water in the shower to further stimulate the blood circulation.
- Always use your own brush and clean it regularly with water and soda.