(WellnessNova.com) - You may have heard about the technique of dry skin-brushing, but did you know it is an ancient Ayurvedic technique? The practice is called Garshana in Sanskrit. Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India and its primary focus is keeping your body well rather than fixing the problems.
Garshana or dry skin-brushing is a fairly simple thing you can for your body that yields a multitude of benefits.
Dry skin-brushing help the lymphatic system flush out toxins that are stored in your body. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels throughout your body that transport fluids to the lymph nodes to have the impurities filtered out.
The lymph system does not have a pump to help move the fluid, so the movement of the fluid relies on muscle contractions. Dry skin-brushing aids this process by applying gentle pressure from the outside. Skin-brushing strokes should go towards the lymph nodes to help guide the fluid towards the filters.
Dry skin-brushing helps remove layers of dead skin. Your body sheds dry, dead skin naturally, but as you age it has a harder time actually getting it off. Skin-brushing helps this process by removing the dead skin and revealing a new glowing body. Pores are also unclogged during this process so they can release toxins and absorb nutrients and oxygen. Experts recommend that you shower after dry-brushing your skin to wash off all of the loosened, dead skin and impurities that have been released from your skin.
Exfoliating skin will also help with ingrown hairs. Lingering layers of dead skin may block the hair from breaking through the skin causing it to reverse its path. Exfoliation through dry skin-brushing removes barriers so that sweat toxins and hairs can grow out and moisture and oxygen can get in.
Dry skin-brushing can help diminish cellulite.You read that right! Dry brushing can help with cellulite. It helps by causing the fat cells to release a stored toxin that contributes to the cottage-cheese appearance of skin on the back of some women’s thighs. Exfoliation of skin also works to give it a smoother appearance, so it is definitely something worth trying if you are one of the 90% of women over age 20 that have this issue.
Dry brushing of the skin is not a permanent or complete solution to the nuisance of cellulite, but it is the most effective method short of expensive spa treatments. Cellulite is caused by a combination factors including connective tissues, toxins, and skin appearance; some of these cannot be addressed by dry skin-brushing or other topical treatments. Removing the toxins and improving the appearance can make a big difference with bikini-season always around the corner.
Dry skin-brushing helps circulation. Skin is stimulated and blood rushes to the surface collecting oxygen to transport to muscles and organs. Circulation is also the way that your body rids itself of the waste product, carbon monoxide by by transporting the gas to your lungs for exhale. The increase in circulation may give you a rush of energy, so it is best to brush your skin in the morning.
The entire Garshana technique will only add about 10 minutes to your daily routine.
- Start with a natural bristled body brush or raw silk gloves. Synthetic bristles are too hard and may scratch the surface of your skin. Beginners should start with a soft bristled brush until they are used to the sensation. Raw silk gloves have been traditionally used by Ayurvedic practitioners and the silk contains natural enzymes that are good for your skin. Some people prefer a long-handled bristle brush to reach difficult places.
- Use long sweeping strokes on your arms and legs. Always brush towards your heart. Use a circular motion on your stomach.
- Take a shower!
- Apply oil or moisturizer to freshly brushed and washed skin. Your products will absorb more thoroughly into your skin allowing true hydration.
- Your newly exposed, brushed skin will be soft and glowing from the first time you try this simple technique. Do this routine every day and your body will see all of these great benefits.
Dry skin-brushing is a simple thing you can do for your body everyday to promote wellness. The Garshana routine will take only minutes, but the feeling that you did something great for your body will last all day.