Dry Brushing: 5 Minutes Daily to Healthy, Glowing Skin

Within the course of a single day, we’re exposed to countless toxins that can take a toll on our health and well-being.

Unfortunately, not all toxins are easy to detect they’re hiding in the skin of that shiny, non-organic apple you snacked on, in the flower-scented soap and shampoo you might have showered with this morning, and in the plastic container you used to pack your salad or drinking water. Add to that all the chemicals in the cleaning products and fabrics, plus the dyes and perfumes we come into contact with on a regular basis and it’s easy to see why detoxifying your skin has become such an important component to healthy glowing skin.

Dry Brushing is an ancient therapeutic practice common throughout the world.

Originating as an Ayurvedic practice in India and has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians. Including dry brushing in your daily routine will exfoliate and tone your skin, slow the skin’s aging process, increase circulation and alleviate muscle tension. Dry brushing relieves your body of stress because it induces relaxation, stimulates blood circulation, and helps drain your lymphatic system carrying toxins from your body. Stimulating your skin activates natural healing pathways.

Each morning before your bath or shower, brush your body to a healthy glow.

Always brushing towards your heart – below your heart brush up; above your heart brush down. Use a light touch with little to no pressure.

For your body start dry and begin at your feet, brush the soles first, then brushing tops of feet continuing up your legs and thighs towards your groin with long strokes making sure to brush your groin and inner thighs as well. Work in clockwise circular movements over your tummy, and then your hands tops and palms, arms including your armpits, move lateral across your shoulders. Your skin may redden and start to tingle because you are increasing your circulation in areas of greatest fat concentration. How firmly you press depends on how toned your skin and body are. Go easy at first. As your skin becomes fitter and more toned you will be able to brush more vigorously.

For your face start by washing and dry your face. Dry brushing exfoliates your skin and opens your pores to freshly invigorated skin. Clean skin is the start to rejuvenation.Using a circular motion all over your face to wake up the cells then down the sides and cheeks towards your chin. Finally, don’t stop at the face, remember the neck is part of the face. Brush your complete neck (front, sides, behind ears and back of neck). Dry brush from your chin to décolletage in long strokes down towards your heart.

Always do your dry brushing with love. Do it early as part of your morning routine to invigorate your skin as set the tone for your day.

Required Tools:

  • Smaller, gentler dry brush for the face (don’t use the stiffer body brush).
  • Make sure you choose a dry brush with natural fibers (synthetic fibers can be too harsh). The bristles should be stiff.

How to Clean Your Brushes:

Dead skin cells slough off while dry brushing and work themselves into the bristles, making it important to clean your brushes regularly. After each dry brush session spritz the bristles with an organic tea tree spray and leave to hang in a well-ventilated area. For more thorough cleaning, wash in hot soapy water with a Tea Tree Oil Soap once a week. Leave in a sunny area or a well-ventilated area, with bristles facing down to dry your body brush. With regards to your face brush, wash in the same manner as the body brush but, it is best to hang this brush to dry. Resting this brush face down on the softer bristles may bend them out of shape.

Dry Brushing Skin Benefits:

  • Accelerate toxin elimination.

The added benefit of exfoliation and toxin elimination is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. Pours will appear softer and are much less noticeable. Your skin will be glowing on the outside.

  • Stimulating blood flow and circulation.

Increases circulation and also increases energy. Stimulates both the sweat and sebaceous glands.

  • Reduces Cellulite.

Though the evidence is anecdotal, there are many accounts of people who claimed that regular dry brushing greatly helps to reduce cellulite. Not much research to back the cellulite claims, but dry brushing feels great and makes skin softer, smoother and glowing. Just give it a try to determine your own results.

  • Enhances Lymphatic Flow and Stimulation.

The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps body to detoxify naturally.

  • Exfoliation and Removal of Dead Skin Cells.

The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the body and a softer brush over the face helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. You will notice less dry skin and softer skin within the first few days which continue to improve weeks after continued dry brushing. Your skin will stay soft thanks to this exfoliation. This promotes anti-aging effects through cell regeneration as well.

Results of dry brushing are restoration and anti-aging benefits that produce glowing, moist, and supple skin on face and body.

– Patricia

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