How to open up your detox pathways.

Discover the benefits of dry brushing on the body.

Do you notice that your skin is drier and flakier than usual each winter? Between the cooler and drier outdoor temperatures as well as cranking up the indoor heaters our skin becomes dry cracked and itchy. What’s the solution? We recommend dry brushing!

Using a dry body brush helps reduce cellulite for smoother, softer skin by stimulating and increasing blood circulation. The brush promotes skin elasticity and exfoliates dry flaky skin leaving your skin feeling refreshed & healthy. Most importantly dry brushing activates and opens up the skin and lymphatic system which are 2 out of the 4 key detox pathways of the body, with the lungs and colon being the other two pathways. 

Dry brushing offers many potential benefits for the body:

  1. Exfoliation: Dry brushing helps to exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells, promoting a smoother and brighter complexion.
  2. Circulation: Brushing the skin stimulates blood circulation, which can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients the tissues and aid in removal of waste products.
  3. Lymphatic Drainage: Dry brushing may assist in improving lymphatic flow, supporting the body’s natural detoxification process reducing fluid retention. 
  4. Skin appearance: Regular dry brushing may help to improve the appearance of cellulite by redistributing fat deposits and enhancing the tone and texture of the skin.
  5. Energy and invigoration: The act of dry brushing can have an energising effect on the body, providing a gentle massage-like sensation and promoting a feeling of rejuvenation. 

How to use a dry brush:

  1. It’s important to use a brush with natural bristles and to apply gentle pressure while brushing to avoid skin irritation. At the clinic we stock the Ecotools dry brush for $22.
  2. Start with dry skin preferable done before bathing or showering.
  3. Begin with the extremities, starting with your feet and working your way up. Use long, sweeping motions and brush towards the heart. This helps stimulate lymphatic flow and blood circulation.
  4. Brush in upward strokes: When brushing the legs and arms use upwards strokes towards the heart. Brush each area several times but avoid applying excessive pressure that could cause skin irritation. Use sweeping circular motions and imagine you are polishing yourself.
  5. Brush the abdomen and back: Brush your abdominal area in clockwise circular motions. For the back try using a long handled brush or ask a friend or partner to help you.
  6. Brush the hands and arms: As with the feet start with the tops of the hands and work your way up the arms. Don’t forget to do the undersides too. Brush upwards over the chest and neck.
  7. Avoid any sensitive or irritated skin. Don’t brush over any cuts, wounds or areas of inflammation. Be gentle around any skin conditions or sensitive areas.
  8. Finish with a shower or bath. After dry brushing enjoy a relaxing shower or bath and feel invigorated and renewed! Apply your favourite moisturiser afterwards – we love the Wild Kakadu Hand & Body Cream by Retreatment Botanics only $45 and always in stock at pH Clinic. It is palm oil free, non greasy, easily absorbed and improves skin elasticity and firmness leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and silky. 
  9. Clean your dry brush regularly to remove dead skin cels and maintain hygiene. You can gently wash it with mild soap and water, rinse thoroughly and let it air dry. 

Remember everyone’s skin is different, so adjust the pressure and frequency of dry brushing to what feels comfortable and suitable for your skin type. Why not grab a dry brush and some moisturiser at your next appointment the clinic and feel the difference dry brushing can make for you!

pHClinic Team

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