How to get Healthy, Fit Skin

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Have you heard of skin fitness?

Want to know how to help get rid of cellulite in a cheap easy way?

The effects of ageing, gravity, environment and what happens to your body after having a baby, losing weight or illness impacts on your skin. While everyone understands about keeping your body fit it’s also important to keep your skin fit.

Fit is a term we all use to describe a sense of health or energy we feel in ourselves and a term used when we see healthy, wellness in others, but have you heard about keeping your skin fit?

What is skin fitness?

Skin Fitness is all about keeping your skin toned, firm, supple, hydrated and pliable, especially as you age! Unfortunately, as you age, your skin relaxes and becomes looser in areas of your body you do not expect and while I don’t want to send you into a frenzy checking out your body for sagging skin in the areas such as the arms, top of your knees, inner thighs and sides of your back, which are generally the areas where skin will usually show that it needs some skin fitness help.

Why is skin fitness so important?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it protects everything on the inside of our body, it’s also the first line of defence against anything that may be a threat to our wellbeing. Your skin acts as a waterproof, insulating cover, protecting the body against temperature, UV rays, and harmful chemicals. Skin excretes antibacterial substances that prevent infection and it manufactures vitamin D for converting calcium into healthy bones. Skin is a big sensory asset, filled with nerves for telling the brain what’s happening with the outside of the body.

At the same time, skin allows us to move, proving itself an amazingly versatile organ. It’s not just about looks and feel of the skin, however, the tone and texture of the skin is a good indicator as to how healthy you are but not necessarily how fit you are. You may have an extremely fit body but have unhealthy skin and the best example of this is someone who exercises a lot in outdoors and has sun damaged, dry, leathery skin.

Being the largest organ of the body it makes sense to care for your skin from the inside out and the outside in so that it can perform to the best of its ability to protect our body on the inside.

Fit, healthier, smooth, toned, younger looking skin.

At ikatan Spa we use dry body brushing to start some of our body treatments and massage and we also have an anti-ageing massage where we use a the best vitamin and organic oils to improve skin. In every treatment we treat the skin with respect and all ways remember how important it is to give our guest quality skin care and help them about caring for their skin.

Here are some quick ideas about how to improve and maintain your skin fitness.

Dry Body Brushing is one of the best things to do to improve your skin fitness and appearance.  Just a simple consistent daily dry body brushing routine will help tone your skin and if you combine this with health, diet and exercise it will slow down the ageing effects and re-condition your skin to improve overall skin fitness and appearance.

How does dry body brushing work?

Dry Body Brushing your skin stimulates the collagen and elastin fibres which support the skin, just like pylons hold up a bridge, and it is the key to keeping your skin toned and tighter.

Dry Body Brushing also helps stimulate the lymphatics and encourages your skin to hydrate itself with naturally produced body oils.  The stimulation of the lymph is what mainly helps to reduce cellulite by increasing the warmth and pumping action in the area, which basically encourages the breakdown and processing of the congestion (cellulite) through the lymph, creating less congestion and a smoother skin texture.

How and when to body brush?

Before a shower is the best time to Dry Body Brush. There are complicated charts and diagrams to explain the way that lymph flows and these are also the recommended directions for Dry Body Brushing, however you will find that if you are mainly Dry Body Brushing for skin improvements then you do not need to be technical in the way you brush but keep the pressure light.

The easiest and most natural way for you to brush your skin is towards the heart on every part of the body and raising your arm above your head to brush downward is the best way to Dry Body Brush the arms.

Pressure of dry body brushing your skin is as light as a cats paw

When I studied Vodder Lymphatic massage technique I learnt about how important light pressure was and a much lighter pressure with the brush on the skin than you would expect. I was taught the correct pressure is ‘as light as a cat’s paw’ and I have never forgotten this because it is vital to a body brushing technique.

I attend workshops for manual lymphatic drainage to assist breast cancer patients and again it is always emphasised that the pressure must be light.  The light pressure is so important because the lymph is situated just under the surface of the skin and to effectively work the collagen and elastin that supports your skin tone on the surface and increase lymph flow you need to have a soothing delicate touch.

Dry Body Brushing is effective, simple, quick, and easy to do yourself

Quick tips

  • Keep your Dry Body Brush in your bathroom where you can see it.
  •  Dry Body Brush daily before a shower because this is a time you are naked.
  • Always Brush dry skin
  • Use light pressure
  • Brush each area 5 -7 stokes
  • Work up the body – eg thighs first, bottom, tummy, sides of body, arms
  • Clean brush with a mild tea tree spray and leave in sunny dry place to dry after spraying
  • Make your own tea tree spray  – mix tea tree oil with water, put in spray bottle, shake before use

Protect your skin

Using SPF15 is the best way to protect your skin. The higher the SPF the more chemicals you put on your skin but the most important thing to remember with using SPF is to apply a good covering and re-apply if you are out in the sun for long periods. The SPF number tells you approximately how long it protects you eg. SPF 15 = 1.5 hours.

Use organic skin care, as the skin is largest organ of your body it only takes 20 seconds to absorb anything applied to the skin. Moisturise with organic body lotions, milks, butters, creams or oils after showering as your skin absorbs products easier when your skin is warm and moist. If you don’t like the feel of products on your skin or have sensitive skin try organic aloe vera which is reasonably priced and you can blend it with some organic coconut oil for a brilliant skin treatment.

Here’s to skin fitness!

Day Spa Oracle blog came about from clients inspiring me to share my knowledge, experience and advice. I hope it inspires you too Katrina Thorpe Day Spa Oracle

One Comment

  1. Annabel Candy November 8, 2016 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Hi Katrina,

    You’ve convinced me! Thanks for explaining how to body brush and why. It always seemed like just another thing to do but now I understand why it’s worth the time. I can imagine it’s quite a relaxing process too 🙂

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