What is the largest organ in the human body and releases over a third of toxins in our body? That’s right! It is our skin. Dry skin brushing is an effective daily practice to help the body detox and remove these harmful toxins, not to mention it opens and unclogs our pores. Which is why I highly recommend dry skin brushing along with other detox supporting practices in my Clean Eating Cleanse Program.
When we dry skin brush, we are massaging and helping our lymphatic system cleanse itself. We pull waste from the body as well as remove any lingering toxins from soap, environmental factors, lotions, deodorant, and other things to help improve skin health.
What is great is that skin brushing should only take about 5 minutes per day, so it can easily fit into a busy lifestyle and has great benefits!
Some of the benefits include:
- Exfoliation resulting in softer skin
- Lymphatic system stimulation
- Reduce or eliminate cellulite
- Unclog pores
Here are ten simple steps and tips for you to follow to help you get started with dry skin brushing:
- Get a long-handled, non-synthetic bristle brush.
- Remove your clothes and stand in the bathtub or on a tiled surface. You will want to do this because you are scraping off dead skin, so you don’t want that to get on your carpet or your rugs.
- All of your brushing motions should be heart-centered, meaning you will want to have all the motions be moving towards your heart.
- Start at your feet and use long flowing motions, again, towards your heart.
- You will want to brush several times in the same area, overlapping your strokes as you continue.
- For sensitive skin areas, you will want to go easy. Your skin in those areas should become less sensitive with time.
- Once you have your whole body brushed, hop into the tub or shower. I find that the benefits of an Epsom salt bath are heightened after dry brushing.
- Alternating cold and hot temperatures help bring the blood back to the top of the skin.
- Continue this practice daily, but for best results, consider dry brushing twice a day; once in the morning and once before bed.
- Remember to clean your brush at least once per week. Use mild soap and warm water, rinse and air dry.
Please share in the comments if you’re new to dry skin brushing or have been doing it for a while – I’d love to hear from you!
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