Brush it off . . . . .

The search for better health and youthful vibrance can be never ending. Looking for the one magic pill that can bring conclusion to the search is a commercial cash-cow. Yet, there is no absolute one action that provides overall wellness. Dry Brushing (Skin Brushing) is a passive therapy that can assist in the quest of health and vibrance. Adding Skin Brushing to a health and wellness regimen can bolster the overall effort in that regard. Combining Skin Brushing with proper nutrition / hydration, adequate rest, appropriate movement and exercise routines results in a confluence of actions, beneficial actions, that brings about better health and wellness.

Aging is presented as a necessary inconvenience in modern society. Individuals are made to feel that an older individual is less than perfect. So, many proceed to age in a manner that does not support their living well. The aging process has become devalued in modern society. Due to this, many older people lose their interactions within society along with their grasp on what was once real to them. This sets up a vicious downward spiral of health and well-being. This creates a sense of urgency in an aging populous to circumvent the unavoidable encroachment of time.

The commercial industry promotes the use of many products and regimens to ease the aging process. Specifically, skin care products are a very lucrative market. The typical target audience profile for a leading cosmetic brand is demographically 88% women, and half of this population is between  35-44 years old. However, gender, age, or ethnic background is of non-consequence. Everyone can benefit from investing in a skin care routine. Skin care products are often deemed necessary by medical professionals, particularly UV protection products. Nearly everyone has some form of skin care product, even if it is just a bottle of lotion or a tube of sunscreen.

Enter Skin brushing. Skin Brushing is exactly what it sounds like . . . brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering. This is a method that is easy to undertake. The body responds in several ways that are majorly beneficial:

  • Effectively removes dead layers of skin and other impurities. Keeps pores open and functioning.
  • Stimulates and increases blood circulation in all underlying organs and tissues, especially small blood capillaries.
  • Revitalizes and increases the eliminative capacity of your skin and helps to throw toxins out of the system. Removes cellulite and tightens the skin thus preventing premature aging.
  • Cleanses and strengthens the lymphatic system.**
  • Stimulates the hormone and oil producing glands. Keeping your skin looking and feeling young, smooth and strong.
  • Has a powerful rejuvenating influence on the nervous system by stimulating nerve ends in the skin.
  • Helps prevent colds, especially when used in combination with hot-cold showers. · Contributes to healthier muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits and with continued use it breaks down cellulite.**
  • Improves your overall health preventing premature aging.

Nevertheless, the modality should be approached with caution under certain circumstances. “People with open or inflamed skin, including people with eczema and psoriasis, should avoid dry brushing over the inflamed area. You should also avoid dry brushing over an open wound. You could introduce bacteria to the wound, which could lead to infection”.

By combining Skin Brushing with actions such as resting adequately, exercising appropriately, beneficially eating and hydrating, the results is a basic, well rounded system of health practices the sustains the vibrancy of the skin and the overall wellness of the body. External lotions aside, the body can obtain the most benefit from health and wellness initiatives when the actions affect the internal and the external. Skin Brushing is a most effect method of impacting the internal by an external modality , , , alongside of massage. Yet, it can be done anywhere at any time; first thing upon awakening is best. It also needs no other person than oneself for it to be accomplished.

So, use your lotions. Get plenty of rest. Eat well. Drink (water) sufficiently. Move (exercise) within the range of (one’s / your) abilities. Yet, in addition to all of that, consider adding Skin Brushing. The skin is the biggest organ in the body, It is covered up, doused with various creams and lotions and, for the most part, neglected. However, when it is cared for and given appropriate attention, it can be of phenomenal benefit to the individual. Skin Brushing is a relatively low cost and easily accessible method of aiding the maintenance of and improving the body’s vibrancy and resilience.    

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