This gesture of beauty and well-being continues to be all the rage. But what are its benefits, and how can you take advantage of them?
It Beautifies The Skin
The first advantage of this gesture is to help the epidermis to eliminate the dead cells accumulated on its surface. Thanks to this exfoliating action, the skin, rid of its impurities, is softer, more radiant and absorbs the active ingredients in cosmetics much better.
Brushing the skin is the new fashionable gesture. Praised by American actresses such as Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow, this practice boosts the body by helping it eliminate waste and improve the skin’s appearance. The key is healthier skin and a body that works better—explanations in our slideshow.
What Are The Benefits Of Dry Brushing The Skin?
- Dry skin brushing is a brushing technique that involves using a soft brush to scrub dry skin before taking a shower or bath. It has several health benefits for the skin and general health: Stimulates blood circulation: Dry brushing the skin stimulates blood circulation by increasing pressure on blood vessels, which can help improve skin tone and reduce the appearance of cellulite in particular.
- Exfoliation: Dry brushing the skin removes dead skin cells, which can help reveal smoother, brighter skin.
- Lymphatic drainage: Dry brushing the skin stimulates the lymphatic system, which can help eliminate toxins and reduce swelling.
- Relaxation: Dry brushing the skin can help relax and feel more relaxed by stimulating the nerve endings.
- Promotes restful sleep: Dry brushing the skin before bed can help promote restful sleep.
It is important to note that dry skin brushing should be done with a soft brush and gentle circular motions to avoid irritating the skin. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before starting a dry brushing program if you have sensitive skin or special health conditions.
How To Do Dry Skin Brushing?
Start by rubbing your feet above and below, then go up along your legs by making small circular movements to the top of your thighs. Then rub your hands, then your arms up to your armpits. Place the brush at the level of your buttocks and kidneys and go up towards your neck.
Then, on the front of the body: gently brush your belly, chest and décolleté. In ten minutes, your whole body could benefit from these life-saving movements. Finally, coat your skin with a moisturizer or nourisher. Please note that brushing is not done on the face.
When To Dry Brush?
You have the choice between morning and evening. When you wake up, it’s an excellent way to boost your body. In the evening, brushing is an invitation to relax. Especially if you follow up with a self-massage with essential oils of lavender.
Ideally, it should be practiced once a day, but you can do it twice a week or even as a two-week cure per month, for example. Be careful, and this gesture should only be performed on healthy skin. It is not recommended in case of sunburn, infections, wounds, rashes and varicose veins.
What Is Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage is a manual massage technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to optimize venous return and promote the elimination of toxins and excess fluids. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes that carry lymph, a clear fluid that contains immune cells and metabolic waste.
Lymphatic drainage treats water retention problems, heavy legs, joint pain, cellulite problems, oedema, skin problems, post-surgical recovery, venous disorders, and sometimes cancer. Physical therapists trained in this technique usually perform lymphatic drainage massages and gentle, rhythmic movements to stimulate lymphatic circulation.