If this doesn’t grab your attention, I don’t know what will. I certainly didn’t plan on having my back side showcased on the internet for everyone to see, but this is something everyone should know about!
If you read my “Well Nut Must Haves” list on here, you will recall that I mentioned that I brush with a dry body brush twice a day and add collagen to either my morning smoothie or evening tea. Your skin is your largest organ and it’s important that you take care of it the way you should take care of any of your inner organs. Now I fully admit that the main reason I initially decided to purchase these items wasn’t to help improve the health of my largest organ–I had a more superficial reason in mind. I wanted to get rid of my cellulite.
Women start losing collagen as early as their 20’s, and this is definitely when I started to notice my own cellulite growing at an accelerated rate. This is a natural way to get more collagen in my diet, and I love that it has no texture and virtually no taste. Easy Peasy to do.
As far as the dry brushing is concerned–it is now my favorite thing to do because it feels so good! Every morning and night, I strip down and brush my body with my dry body brush. I start with my feet and work my way up, always brushing upwards, in the direction of my heart. Dry body brushing cleanses the lymphatic system, exfoliates skin, and removes toxins. It is a great tool to add to your health and wellness routine–in fact, many cancer patients do this because stimulating your lymphatic system is essential to overall health. It’s what wakes me up in the morning and what relieves my tensions before bed. I will be a dry body brusher for life–that’s how much I love it.
It’s best to use a non synthetic brush, for example the one I use is made of palm. It took a bit to get used to the brushing. It’s pretty stiff and can feel too harsh on your skin the first few days. Just don’t bear down too hard while brushing, and within a week I’d say your skin will adjust to the brushing. It’s normal for your skin to turn pink from the brushing, but you don’t need to be brushing so hard that you brush yourself raw or anything like that.
As I said, I originally bought this brush to combat the horrible cellulite on the back of my thighs, and I was flat out amazed when I notice a jaw-dropping difference in just 3 days of using it.
I actually didn’t intend on tracking my cellulite progress, but I did have Kyle snap a “before” photo so that I would have something to reference a couple months down the line. That is what I read–it would take a couple of months to notice a difference, and I was okay with that.
I was getting dressed on Day 3 and Kyle commented that he could tell a difference in my thighs. So there I am, awkwardly trying to twist and tippy toe in the mirror, but not really able to get a good view. I shrugged and said I couldn’t really tell any difference. So he took a photo to prove it to me, and I could not believe how much of a difference there was in just 3 days. And I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m assuming that it takes a while for the collagen to start taking affect, so I feel like most of the improvement must be from the dry body brushing.
I have no idea why my skin started improving that quickly–unless my lymphatic system was in SUPER need of a cleansing and that’s why I saw an immediate response. I’m excited to see what results lie ahead over the course of the next couple of months. I’ve also recently started rebounding (aka mini trampoline), which is something else I definitely recommend for everyone. It’s safe for all ages because it so low impact, but it does amazing things for your health. (This is something else that cancer patients have had success with.) You will benefit even if you just bounce slightly without your feet leaving the surface. Start out doing 5-10 minutes a day and try to build up to half an hour. Your lymphatic system will thank you.
This has really been a win-win situation for me. And it can be for you too. You don’t have to put toxins and parabens and chemicals on your skin to get rid of cellulite. (Remember anything you put on your skin enters your bloodstream within seconds.) You can combat your cellulite naturally, while doing great things to your health.
Take care of yourself.
Just a few additional notes on my experience with dry brushing:
About a week or 10 days into brushing, I started experiencing itchiness. This lasted for a few days. It is my understanding that some people will experience short term detox symptoms from dry body brushing. Toxins are being released from your skin, and this causes the itchiness. I have read that some people will experience a rash or break out or sometimes have an eczema outbreak if you are prone to eczema. Again, this is just your body detoxing–and you want those toxins out of your body. I only experienced itchiness (mainly on my back). I started using organic, unrefined coconut oil immediately after brushing, and my skin is as soft as a baby’s bum. So if you do experience any itching or skin blemishes, these effects are temporary. When used correctly, long term use of a body brush, will leave your skin (and entire body) healthier.
As far as cleaning goes, I like to give my brush a good cleaning by soaking it in water mixed with a few drops each of tea tree and eucalyptus oil. In between uses, I often spray it with tea tree oil (using a spray bottle of water with a few drops of essential oil) to kill bacteria as well. If you don’t have any oils, you may prefer to wash the brush once a week with warm soapy water.
Some people prefer this type of brush. This one in particular is another best seller. Some people like a brush that fits in the palm of their hand–I prefer one with a bit of handle to reach areas on my back.
I also wanted to say that younger skin will respond faster to brushing and collagen than older skin. And the rate of improvement is something to consider no matter what age you are–each person’s body is different. So don’t give up–stick with your routine for a few months and you will start noticing, and more importantly, feeling a difference. Just be patient and stay positive. When you are good to your body, it will be good to you.