This is Why Dry Brushing is Amazing for Your Body

Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Time to get back at it (for me, that would be school).

It’s also time to take your detox game to a whole new level.

Now, I’ve spoken about the amazing benefits of chlorella for detoxing the inside of our bodies but what about the outside?

What’s the largest organ in the body? Skin. What probably doesn’t get as much love as it deserves? Skin. What organ visibly reflects the results of toxicity?

That’s right. Skin!

How can you give your body some love while increasing blood circulation, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and get some soft silky skin?

By dry brushing of course.

With winter comes dry and flaky skin. And who likes that? As someone with severely dry skin, dry brushing has helped a lot. It’s exfoliating but without the mess. It’s the key to getting naturally softer skin.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the practice of brushing the skin with a specific type of brush. The proper way to dry brush is to start at the feet and move upwards to the heart. This process naturally tones, softens, and detoxes the skin.

The Benefits

Lymphatic Support

Dry brushing releases toxins caught in the blog and naturally detoxes the skin.

Exfoliation

By running a firm brush over the body, it removes dead skin cells and leaves skin soft and smooth without disturbing the delicate layers beneath. After dry brushing and a nice shower, applying lotion, oil, etc. sinks into the skin faster for better absorption. This type of exfoliation can be safely done daily because it’s not abrasive.

Fades Appearance of cellulite

Ah. Those pesky signs that show the world that we are human. How I hate those!

But all joking aside, brushing increases circulation to the skin which releases toxins. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. This will roll the, smoothing out their appearance and potentially reducing them appear smaller. (Fat cells do not disappear. They can only be smoothed out).

Increases Blood circulation

Once you start dry brushing, you’ll feel this warm rush flow throughout your body. It’s exhilarating and a great pick me up in the morning!

Tones the body

While it won’t give you amazing definition, it will tone the body enough to notice a nice outline and more defined muscles and curves. Why? Because it’s all about circulation!

How to Dry Brush

With short yet firm strokes, divide the body into parts (eg. foot to knee, thigh to hipbone). Always start from the feet upwards towards the heart. The stomach should be done in a circular motion as well as the chest. Skip over the boobs if you have them! This delicate area is too fragile for that firm brush and might lead to micro tears which are never fun. In the future, I will be posting a great recipe for what to do for increasing the circulation for this delicate area. For the arms, start out but brush inwards.

Taken from The Health Nut Mama

The best time to dry brush is right before getting into the shower/tub because the water will wash off any lingering dead cells and give you a nice, thorough clean.You can also add some essential oils like grapefruit to the bath to get a nice hydrated feel before going in with lotion. It will also let you apply lotion better!

I love going over each part of my body two or three times. This way I can make sure I’m hitting every part and getting rid of some dry skin.

How to Properly Clean Your Brush

Simple is always better. I clean mine once a week because I use it everyday. I use Dr. Bronner’s soap with a few drops of tea tree oil. Make sure to only soak the bristles for about ten-fifteen seconds face down in the solution. After this, hang it (again, face down) over a ledge. I use my makeup brush drying rack to dry it.

Last Note: Please do not dry brush your face. Your face is super delicate and does not need the same firm touch as the rest of the body.

I use this one because it’s made from plant fibres rather than boar.

This essential step in a great skincare routine will do wonders. It will change your life whether done daily or simply three times a week. It’s also a crazy cheap alternative to regularly buying exfoliators.

This is What Chlorella Does for Your Body

Chlorella is one of the coolest things ever. With it’s deep dark slytherin green complexion it takes ‘healthy’ to a whole new level. 

Chlorella is a single cell algae lot like its cousin, Spirulina which is multi-cell as they are both water algae. They are both full of great minerals however Chlorella is jam-packed with protein, iron, magnesium, and an impressive B-vitamin complex. It’s also amazing for detoxifying the body and removing metals. 

Due to its hard outer shell, it’s important to get this supplement with the words ‘broken cell wall’ or something similar. Getting one that has a broken shell allows humans to digest the algae. The amount of chlorophyll gives the algae its green colour and responsible for the colour of leafy greens. Chlorophyll also helps neutralize bodily odours. 

Chlorella Benefits

Immune support

Because of it’s amazing nutrients, helps fight inflammation and  increase the amount of Natural Killer cells, helps fight illnesses. 

Detoxification

Chlorella detoxifies the blood and lowers blood sugar. It’s great for those who eat fish regularly, have silver fillings, or have been undergoing chemotherapy.  In Japan, it is one of the highest consumed supplement as Japan contains most of the algae and they eat a large amount of fish, yet live relatively long lives. 

Weight Loss

Moreover, Vitamin B has shown to aid in weight loss through metabolism increase. It also improves hormonal balance and lowers glucose levels in the blood resulting in less cravings and a fuller appetite. 

 

Disadvantages 

Taste

The taste and smell of chlorella is the only downside. It is absolutely awful and ruins the smell of just about everything. I enjoy mixing the powder with vanilla almond milk with ginger and cinnamon. Although this recipe doesn’t completely hide the taste, it does make it easier to swallow. If you have a strong sensitivity to taste, I suggest checking out the capsule version of Chlorella rather than the powder.

I buy my powder from this brand

But this brand has great capsules as well.

 

Have you tried Chlorella? What are your thoughts on it?