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I never thought twice about my bodies circulation or how to improve it until recently. Having good circulation is really important for your health. Your body needs to be able to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to its vital organs in order to keep healthy.
Dry brushing is an age-old beauty and health practice that dates back centuries. It has been used by almost all historical civilizations including the Native Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Ancient Indians, Russians, Turks and the Scandinavians, for various healing benefits.
Dry brushing is said to stimulate circulation and the body's lymphatic systems. It is also supposed to help the body shed excess water and toxins. If you continue brushing, it can help give you smoother skin, help improve your digestion, help with kidney function and help eliminate cellulite.
I've researched how to brush and it seems the best way is to begin at the ankles and work up in long, firm circular motions. When you brush the back, you work down from the neck towards the ankles. I haven't experienced any adverse reactions since I started brushing, but I've read that some people begin peeling, or their skin becomes really sensitive. You can over brush, and you can brush too hard, so be aware of what your skin can handle and always moisturize after you get out of the shower! I've been using a body oil after I shower and my skin is drinking it up!
I've also seen reports that say drinking a glass of warm water and lemon is great for after brushing. I have yet to try this, but I might add this to my routine in the morning. I use to drink warm water with lemon and apple cider vinegar every morning and it's about time I start again.
You should always opt for a brush made with natural, non synthetic bristles. Synthetic bristles can be too harsh on the skin. The brush I use is made of Boar hair, and is intended to be used dry. Brushing in the mornings is best, but always try to brush before you get in the shower so you can wash off the dead skin and impurities left behind.
Now that I've been brushing every other day for about a year, and my skin is definitely a lot smoother. I was getting really dry after the first few times, but I upped my moisturizing routine to twice a day, and it went away pretty quick. I've noticed that I don't have to shave my legs as much, and that my skin is a lot softer. A few weeks in I started feeling a little under the weather, but I'm thinking it was because I was "brushing" the toxins out of my body.
I honestly feel like dry brushing has improved my skin's overall appearance, and has really helped get the blood moving and toxins out of my body. My feet don’t get as tired when I have a long day at work, which is a big thing for me! I use to be couch bound after a long day because my feet would be too tired to stand!
It takes all but 2 minutes before I hop in the shower, so it doesn't add much time to my routine at all. I see myself dry brushing for the rest of my life honestly!