Lymph, Toxins and Cottage Cheese Thighs? Dry brushing to the rescue!Nikki
Summer is coming!!!!
Although it may not feel like it in some areas of the world, spring has sprung!! Soon the flowers will be blossoming, the suns gorgeous rays will be getting hotter and before you know it, it’s summer and bathing suit time!
Am I ready to bare it all on the beach right now!? Sure why not, must love what you have. Right? But you don’t have to love ALL of it. Those nasty little sections of the dreaded cottage cheese looking stuff called cellulite. And yes, I have some too. Most women do. Why you ask are women more prone to this wonderful cheesy skin? Well, it’s because of fluctuations in hormones and how women verse men store fat and those much hated TOXINS that I speak of so much on this site. Toxins get trapped in the body for many reasons. One huge factor in this is poor circulation due to inactivity or a sluggish system further due to autoimmune issues. Helping remove those toxins from the body is a huge benefit in helping make cellulite a little less noticeable.
But how can we do that!?
One amazing method I have found is dry brushing. I discovered dry brushing some years ago, but never really gave it a fair try. Just last month, because of too much work, not enough rest and my wonderful autoimmune disease I felt and noticed that I was somewhat toxic. You can see and feel this within yourself in ways such as tiredness, dull complexion, dimpling in the skin and puffiness under your eyes. I already knew I had a problem detoxing due to having a MTHFR gene deficiency so I knew my bodies “flushing” system needed attention, which all points to the lymphatic system.
The lymph system is like the “house cleaners” for the body. We have lymph nodes all over our bodies and they are so very important to keep the body healthy and free of toxins. I remembered that dry brushing was wonderful in aiding this super important system function better.
I bought a brush the next day and got to work.
I started at my feet and brushed upward towards my heart paying extra attention to the lymph node areas and where that nasty cellulite hides. When approaching the belly area brush clockwise, following the direction of your small intestine. Dry brushing has to be one of the easiest home remedies to achieve silky smooth skin. Not only will dry brushing visibly improve your skins appearance, it will exfoliate and reduce cellulite by pushing out those toxins. It also provides a wonderful health benefit of giving your lymph system a boost. Avoid brushing varicose vines, open wounds or any sensitive areas of your body.
Doing this two to three times a week will shed those layers of dry or dead skin and give you a natural glow. Head to a local store and purchase a natural non-synthetic cactus or vegetable derived brush with firm bristles.
Before you shower give it a try! Brushing in an upward motion helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes, where our bodies can then filter out some of its waste. This is something our bodies naturally do on their own, but at a slower pace. Dry brushing will speed up the process while simultaneously increase circulation providing our body with oxygenated blood.
Dry brushing areas such as the back of your thighs will help remove those wavelike lumps and bumps. In addition to draining lymph nodes, it will help dispose dull and sluggish toxins in our bodies. These stagnant toxins are what eventually break down connective tissue, that leads to cellulite. Although dry brushing will not permanently remove cellulite, your skin will begin to appear smoother and more radiant after a few weeks!
If you want to make sure you’re releasing toxins and dry brushing correctly, wipe your body with a dry washcloth immediately after brushing and seal it in a zip lock bag. After two to four days pass you can smell the bag, but beware those released toxins wont smell too pleasant. If its a yucky smell then you’re doing it right!
After you dry brush and shower it helps to hydrate your body by using lotion or coconut oil. Don’t be alarmed if your skin begins to peal, this is totally normal. Remember to give that brush a was at least once a week!
So there you have it…detoxified, radiant skin in just a few short weeks at a reasonable cost.
Keep us posted and let us know how dry brushing worked for you!