I’ve used a dry brush for several years on and off, and with the winters woes, it’s more on! If you’re a dry skin sufferer, you’ll want to incorporate dry brushing too. So, what is it? As it sounds, a brush, (natural bristles best), is used on dry skin. From Ayurvedic ancient practices, the intention is to exfoliate the skin, detoxify the largest organ in the body, your skin, and improve your circulation by clearing the lymphatic system. The largest organ of your body, it’s estimated, one-third of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through your skin. Dry skin brushing helps keep the pores clear and the skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process. If your skin becomes inactive, its ability to remove excess toxins is impaired. Placing extra stress on other organs and on your body in general.
Body brushing can be done for as little as 5 or as long as 20 minutes. Best done in the morning before you take a shower, you increase the results by applying a natural skin cream after your shower like coconut oil, or Young Living Lavender hand and body lotion, Genesis hand and body lotion, I also really like Young Living’s grapefruit oil for breaking down fat, can add to coconut oil. Let’s stay connected, get my free 3 day mini detox, essential oils and meal plans…
1. Improved Circulation
2. Break down inflammation from the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in elimination, helping to move toxins through the body. It also contributes to the strength of the body’s immune system by producing certain white blood cells and generating antibodies. The lymph system doesn’t rely on an automatic ‘pumping device’ like the cardiovascular system and it depends on the movement of muscles to keep it working.
3. Exfoliate dead skin, said to reduce dimples in skin.
4. Improve digestion, help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins.
5. Stimulate cells to refresh and awaken the body, morning natural energy boost.
There are many lymph nodes situated at different places in the body, inner thighs and armpits hold the greatest number, can be helpful to pay extra attention to these areas when brushing. The lymph system flows towards the heart so it’s important to brush in the same flow as the lymphatic system.
How to Do It:
- Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
- Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
- Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
- Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
- Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly, can do done up to 20, very relaxing, and mediatitive.
To enhance the release of toxins, end with a few cycles of hot, then cold water. Turn water first to hot, for several seconds, then as cold as you can tolerate, then back to hot. Stimulates the blood circulation, and invigorates the skin. Receive free updates and more.