Do you brush dry?
I just returned from a glorious week of vacation in Oregon. The abundance of trees, flowers and greenery renewed my soul. Something else I noticed was how great my skin looked. Living in the desert I have to work to keep my skin soft and moisturized.
What if I told you that there is a simple wellness trick that takes only 5 minutes a day, costs nothing & helps keep your skin looking great? Would you be interested if I told you it also promotes circulation, boosts your immunity, supports muscle tone and reduces cellulite?
I’m talking about dry skin brushing.
Your skin is an organ of elimination and the largest organ in the human body. Toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing help to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. It also removes dry, dead skin cells allowing new cells to form more quickly and give your skin a healthy glow.
One of the most important benefits of dry skin brushing is stimulation of the lymphatic system. You see the lymphatic system is responsible for removing garbage from our body but it doesn’t have a pump of its own. With a daily dry brushing routine you can support the movement of toxic junk toward the extraction points.
Dry skin brushing also stimulates the nervous system to improve muscle tone and reduces cellulite by tightening the outer layers of skin called the epidermis, breaking up toxic material that is trapped in the dimpled skin. Forget the liposuction….grab the dry brush!
You should dry brush your skin at least once a day, twice a day if you are trying to regulate a health condition. Use long sweeping motions toward your heart. For best results dry brush right before your shower or bath.
Here’s how to dry brush your skin:
- Use a natural (not synthetic) soft bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach everywhere. If you don’t have a brush you can use a clean, dry cotton or terrycloth towel.
- Get naked and stand in the shower or a tiled surface to catch the dead skin.
- Begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions up your legs and over your buttocks.
- Then brush your arms, beginning at your hands and working up to your shoulders. Then brush around your rib cage in toward the center and around each breast, being careful of sensitive areas.
- When you brush your belly use wide circles in a clockwise direction.
- Finish by softly brushing your face, starting at your forehead and working down each side. Brush down your neck.
- Once you have brushed your entire body enjoy a refreshing shower.
- After the shower, pat your skin dry and apply a natural moisturizer.
Remember to always brush towards the heart and always use a dry brush. Clean your brush regularly with soap and water allowing it to dry thoroughly before use.