Winter is coming (or perhaps in your part of the world, it's already arrived), and with that means challenging conditions for your skin. Daily brushing is great for more than just your teeth—your skin loves a good massaging set of bristles on it now and then, too. Take this elegantly handled brush by Yerba Prima to stroke away not just dead skin but worries, cares, and a little bit of lymphatic fluid all at once. Amazing? Yep. Exaggerated? Not one tiny bit. You'll see. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible skinstuff, read on.
Since we were very small we've been reminded and trained and cajoled to brush our teeth, twice per day (or once at the very very least). That's something that sticks with a human for quite some time. Brushing our hair, same thing. Women might remember some saying about "100 strokes" for long hair to help it stay shiny, but no matter what length or what generation you belong to, chances are your mom told you on many occasions to not leave the house before you combed your hair.
So, too, does your skin benefit from a brushing session. Many of us just haven't gotten in the habit or haven't enjoyed the benefits. That time is about to end, with this Skin Brush by Yerba Prima. The long handle enables reach to spots like the back, and the detachable head make it into a grippable spot brush, too. (Bonus: makes for easier traveling, as well!)
Friends in my life, when asked, have fessed up to skin brushing habits, saying they really love the daily ritual and the glow it leaves behind. It's easy to be dubious or say that the glow is actually from one's skin being irriated by the bristles, but dry brushing should not be an unpleasant task. The first few times you'll be getting used to this newfound energy and cleansing. Some say it's as effective as coffee for perking up a person in the morning, but taking my warm mug of joe away is not easily done. Perhaps I'll give it a shot. Perhaps. All I do know—and you will, too—is that after-brushing is a magical time.
Why skin brushing is so good for your skin
The first benefit is one of the most obvious—dead skin cell removal. The gentle yet firm bristles are working to loosen and then remove some of that extra layer of dead cells getting in the way of your skin's ability to breathe and serve its purpose as your primary barrier to the outside world.
Next, we have the internal benefits, starting with your immune system. Yep, immunity gets a boost from brushing! That's because your lymphatic system, a drainage path for fluids and suspect agents, is nudged along toward better flow when the skin is stroked in the direction of flow—towards the heart. Skin brushing is one of the most powerful ways to cleanse the lymphatic system. Waste material is carried away from the cells by the blood and the lymph. Skin brushing stimulates the release of this material from the cells near the surface of the body. Eventually, most of the toxins along with their carrier cells, primarily lymphocytes, find their way to the colon for elimination.
Another internal benefit that results for some folks is a reduction in cellulite. It all makes sense—cellulite is often thought to be issues with fat deposition getting caught up in connective tissue patterns under the skin. Stroking the whole surface of the skin is a natural reminder for your connective tissues to relax and soften. Myofascial release works the same way but is a rather harsh form of "coaxing" those tissues to relax.
Here are some of the amazing attributes of this brush
Now that you know why it's a good idea to have your daily stroking, why use THIS brush? Simple: great bristles made from all natural fibers. Synthetic bristles can scratch and irritate the skin, but Yerba Prima's are the best of all qualities: seemingly hard at first, but helpful and soft and invigorating when approached correctly. Kind of like that "mean" 5th grade teacher everyone feared but really was just a sucker for kids that succeeded under their tutelage.
So many more things in life would be amazing with a detachable head, am-I-not-right!? This brush gains from that property both in better travel options as well as turning into a handheld brush for closer areas and a gentler stroke.
How to use a skin brush
Like many body care practices, it's great to establish a habit for maximum benefit. Try it for a month—just a little at a time at first—and you'll be set for many months and years of fantastically healthy skin.
- When: just before bathing, but preferably in the morning—this will perk you up!
- How: stand in your shower or tub (we're removing dead skin and dirt, remember) with the dry brush. Start with the feet and stroke upward towards the heart. Gradually make your way up, reaching around legs and back. Same thing with the arms, just start with the hands and work inward, as before. Reach around the back, using that awesomely long handle. Skip the face - this brush ain't *that* soft.
- After: start your shower or bath. Cool water is recommended, alternating with warm. Bathe as usual and enjoy the glow.
How to Brush: Video
There are many videos out on the interwebs about dry skin brushing and this is one of many . . . you might find one you like even more than this. Enjoy!
About Yerba Prima, in their own words
The company was founded in 1980 by a group of health conscious individuals in Northern California who were learning about the benefits of whole body internal cleansing.
Since that time, Yerba Prima has continued to develop, manufacture and market a range of dietary fiber and internal cleansing products that are of the highest quality, are natural and that respond to the needs of health conscious individuals.
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
How should brushing feel?
A bit invigorating, a little bit 'scratchy', never painful or leaving your skin red. You will have a little transition period as the skin warms up to the routine, but leaving scratches is not ok. This is a healthy practice, not something to endure!
How should I take care of the brush?
Once a week, wash the bristles with soapy water and let it dry in the sunshine to prevent mildew and leave your brushing experience fresh just like your very first week!