One of the easiest ways to detox everyday is to incorporate dry skin brushing into your weekly routine. It’s quick & effective. The time investment for you: 5 Minutes 3-4 times a week - but be warned, you will begin to look forward to this time with yourself & 5 minutes may not be long enough!
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Our skin is our largest organ but it’s also one of the most important elimination organs in the body. It plays a HUGE role in daily detoxification.
When our blood is full of toxic materials from all the ‘gunk’ we put on our skin, our nails, hair and scalp, not to mention air pollution & the pesticides used on our food we start to see these signs of imbalance & deficiency through our skin in the form of rashes, dry patches, acne etc.
And so we turn to dry skin brushing!
- It increases circulation.
- Ladies, it’s been rumored to reduce the appearance of CELLULITE (Cellulite is toxic material trapped in your body’s fat cells). This is why detoxing is so important! Dry skin brushing is 1 easy peezy way to help break down unwanted toxins and is considered an everyday detox!
- It sloughs off dead skin cells & encourages new cell renewal which results in smoother, brighter, GLOWING skin. I’m sorry, who wouldn’t want that?!
- Pesky ingrown hairs? It can help with that too!
- It helps to improve lymphatic drainage. Which is intimately connected to our immune system. We all know that a strong immune system=strong body.
- Helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
- Helps improve digestion
- Tightens the skin
- Rejuvenates the skin and allows toxins to move out of the body
- My favorite part about dry skin brushing? It improves the relationship you have with your body. It forces you to get up close and personal with all the areas and bits you try to avoid looking at. Get to know your body again, examine it & show it the love it deserves:)
- The best part, however, is that it’s inexpensive skin therapy and can be done in the privacy of your own bathroom.
What you’ll need:
- A natural bristle brush made of dense stiff bristles. Synthetic brushes will scratch the surface of the skin & are harsh & irritating.
- A brush with a long handle is ideal to reach all areas of your body like your back.
- You can find these brushes at Nature’s Emporium, Body Shop, or other health food stores
- It’s best to dry skin brush on dry skin before you shower or bathe as this will increase toxin removal and allow the skin to breathe better
- It’s important to shower after dry skin brushing to wash away the dead skin cells and toxins
- Follow your shower with a nourishing non-toxic moisturizer such as sweet almond oil or Cocoon Apothecary’s Magic Bean body lotion (my FAV!!!)
- Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes
- Always start at the bottom and work your way up.
- Start with the soles of your feet in soft circular motions.
- Work up each leg & don’t forget to include the buttocks area.
- Once you’re done with the lower section, work on your hands. Again using soft circular motions for the palm & top of your hand.
- Work on your arms, using long strokes towards the heart.
- Always stroke towards your heart - the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
- The only exception to this rule is the back and the breasts. When brushing your back, brush from the neck down to the lower back.
- When you get to your stomach, start with the lower abdomen and work your way up to your breasts.
- When you’re brushing your breasts, first, it’s important to be gentle! Second, brush towards your armpit and away from your heart. Lastly, avoid the nipple area.
- As I just mentioned, be cautious of softer, sensitive skin around the chest and the breasts. Never brush over inflamed skin, sores, sun burns & skin cancer.
- Avoid brushing your face
- Be sure to wash the brush with soap and water after each use and leave it out to dry.
- Always use long gentle but firm strokes. Your skin, however, shouldn’t turn red, which means the pressure on your strokes is too heavy.
- Remember the idea is to stimulate, not irritate:):)
The first two-three times I used my dry skin brush I do remember it feeling a little sensitive to the skin but this goes away and eventually it starts to feel good. I definitely recommend doing this at least 2 times a week but daily is a good practice to make your skin look and feel healthier:)