DRY BRUSHING – YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE
Your skin is the largest organ in the human body and part of its job is elimination. In fact, one third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. By starting a regular dry brushing routine you can unclog pores, more effectively excrete toxins, and increase your energy levels.
This is a super easy and cheap therapy you can do at home.
Physically, dry brushing is the ultimate way to exfoliate; your dry brush will loosens up all of those dead skin cells, leaving you feeling lovely and soft. Body brushing reinvigorates your skin by removing dead skin cells, dirt, pollution particles and old skincare products. By getting rid of the debris, your skin can more effectively excrete waste through the pores and release toxins. In addition your skin can also absorb more nutrients, look healthier and glow.
As your body’s secondary detoxification organ (after the liver and kidneys) the skin is responsible for eliminating waste that your other organs cannot – often because they’re overloaded.
Sources of toxins
- Foods containing pesticides and other chemicals used in food production and manufacture
- Medications and vaccinations
- Pollution or smoke in your environment
- Chemicals from skincare products or harmful substances in the work place such as dyes, paints or solvents.
When your liver is overloaded and your skin is congested, there’s no other option than for your body to hold onto toxins, they get stored in fat cells, which contributes to the visible fatty deposits that we know as cellulite :(
So forget lipo, dry skin brushing aids the break down of trapped toxins from within the body and helps your body eliminate them.
IMPROVE CIRCULATION OF BLOOD AND LYMPH
Another system that benefits from dry body brushing is your lymphatic drainage, this is a series of channels where waste picked up in your blood like old immune cells, pathogens, and other dead cells get dumped.
Dry brushing your skin will kick start your lymphatic system, which helps you remove waste from the body. The stiffer the bristles on the brush, the better the lymphatic stimulation you’ll create. Additionally, by helping the flow of blood and lymph, body brushing can improve the appearance of your body – it improves water retention, bloating, skin tone and evens out the fatty deposits under your skin.
A word of caution: dry brushing is not for everyone. If you have a skin condition (e.g. psoriasis or eczema), inflamed skin, or open wounds, don’t try dry brushing unless you’ve consulted with a dermatologist, as the process may irritate your skin. Also, people with sensitive skin should also be wary when trying this out as it may leave micro-cuts on your skin.
The Dry Brushing Technique
1 – Use a natural bristle brush (not synthetic). One with a long handles so you can get to all those hard to reach areas.
2 – Before you shower, while your body is still dry, start brushing from your a feet upwards in long sweeping strokes toward your heart.
3 – Repeating each area several times.
4 – When you reach your arms, begin at your fingers and brush up your arms, toward your heart.
5 – Brush your shoulders and chest down, again, toward your heart.
6 – Work on your stomach in a circular motion going upwards from your right hip (which helps to stimulate your bowel – this is awesome first thing in the morning).
7 – After brushing enjoy a shower, but try to alternate between hot and cold water to really get your circulation and lymphatic system going.
Try getting into a habit of doing this daily. If you’re cleaning up your diet or detoxing, it’s especially important that this becomes part of your routine. So let’s all grab a brush and get rid of the layers of dead cells that are dulling our appearance and start to glow!