(WellnessNova.com) - Ayurveda was developed thousands of years ago in India and its primary focus is keeping your body well rather than fixing the problems. Its name is a combination of the words “life” and “knowledge.”
You may have heard of dry-skin brushing, but did you know it’s an ancient ayurvedic technique? The practice is called “Garshana” in Sanskrit.
Dry-skin-brushing is a simple thing you can do for your body everyday to promote wellness. The Garshana routine takes only a few minutes, but the rejuvenating feeling it gives your body will last all day.
Here are some of the many benefits of Garshana or dry-skin brushing:
1. Detox Your Body
Dry-skin brushing helps the lymphatic system flush out toxins stored in your body. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels throughout your body that transports fluids to the lymph nodes to have impurities filtered out. The lymph system doesn’t have a pump to help move the fluid, it relies on muscle contractions. Dry-skin brushing aids this process by applying gentle pressure from the outside.
Brush your skin towards the lymph nodes to help guide the fluid towards the filters.
2. Exfoliates Your Skin
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. Skin brushing helps remove dead skin, revealing your new glowing body. It also unclogs your pores, which helps them release toxins and absorb nutrients and oxygen.
Exfoliating skin by dry-skin brushing also helps with ingrown hairs. Lingering layers of dead skin may block hair from breaking through the skin and cause them to reverse their path.
Dry-skin brushing removes dead skin allowing sweat and toxins to flow freely from your pores and letting oxygen and moisture in. It also helps your hairs grow out. Experts recommend that you shower after dry-skin brushing to wash off all the loosened, dead skin and impurities.
3. Helps Remove Cellulite
Cellulite is caused by a combination factors including connective tissues, toxins, and skin appearance. Some of these can’t be addressed by dry skin-brushing or other topical treatments. But dry-skin brushing can remove toxins and improve your skin’s appearance, which can make a big difference with bikini-season always around the corner.
Fat cells store a toxin that contributes to the cottage-cheese appearance of skin on the back of some women’s thighs. Dry-skin brushing helps eliminate this toxin.
Dry-skin brushing isn’t a complete solution to the nuisance of cellulite, but it’s the most effective method short of expensive spa treatments. Exfoliation of skin also works to give it a smoother appearance, so it’s definitely something worth trying if you’re one of the 90 percent of women over age 20 who have this issue.
4. Increases Your Circulation
Dry-skin brushing helps circulation by stimulating your skin, which causes blood to rush to your skin’s surface and collect oxygen to transport to muscles and organs.
Dry-skin brushing also improves your blood’s oxygen content by supporting carbon dioxide expulsion since circulation is also the way your body rids itself of carbon dioxide by transporting the gas to your lungs for you to exhale.
The increase in circulation may give you a rush of energy, so it’s best to brush your skin in the morning.
How Do You Dry-Skin Brush?
The entire Garshana technique takes only about 10 minutes.
1. 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’re 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.
2. Use long-sweeping strokes on your arms and legs. Always brush towards your heart. Use a circular motion on your stomach.
3. Take a shower.
4. Apply oil or moisturizer to freshly brushed and washed skin. They’ll absorb more easily into your freshly-brushed skin, allowing for true hydration.
Try dry-skin brushing today! Your newly exposed, brushed skin will be soft and glowing from the first time. Do this routine every day and your body will enjoy all of these great benefits.