Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing is a wonderful compliment to include during a juice cleanse and add in your regular detoxification routine. This quick and inexpensive self-care technique will give your skin invigorating effects immediately. Dry brushing improves the body functions by naturally stimulating the liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system and nervous system. With improved lymph movement and blood circulation, metabolic waste and other toxins can be more easily eliminated from the body.
The benefits of dry skin brushing go beyond feeling healthier and renewing our organs from the inside. Since skin is our largest and fastest-growing organ (and it’s considered an elimination organ); keeping it healthy is vital for our survival both emotionally and physically. Regular skin brushing helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores and stimulate follicles for new skin growth. As a bonus, it prevents ingrown hairs leaving buffed, glowing skin that looks and breathes healthier. Studies also show that daily brushing can help re-distribute fatty deposits on the skin’s surface- leading to reduced cellulite.
Let’s explore all you need to know about dry brushing so you can live your vibrant juicing lifestyle to the fullest!
How to Dry Brush Skin
What You Need To Know About Dry Brushing
Dry skin brushing has been used for centuries; prescribed by Russians and Scandinavians to promote healthy skin before a hot bath. The good news is that dry skin brushing doesn’t require sophisticated equipment. All you need is a natural bristle brush and a little technique to get the best results from your skin brushing experience. The process should take no longer than 10-15 minutes and can be done morning or night as long as it’s followed by a bath or shower to wash away the impurities.
Dry Brush Pressure
Pay attention to levels of pressure on different areas of the body. For example, the soles of your feet, elbows and buttocks will require a firm pressure; whereas the inner thighs and chest should have a lighter pressure. You may need to brush a couple of times, overlapping in areas, to maximize blood circulation and get rid of dead skin cells.
Brush Toward Your Heart
After you undress, begin dry brushing your skin by moving the brush gently in an upward motion toward your heart starting on the left foot, moving up to your ankles, knees, thighs and buttocks (remember to lighten the pressure on the inner thigh area). Repeat on your right leg.
Don’t Forget to Brush Your Backside
Focus on your backside next and move the brush from your lower back to your upper back up to the shoulders. You may need to request some help from a loved one to accomplish all areas on your back; or purchase a dry brush with a long handle to get to those hard-to-reach spots. Next up, brush your right arm beginning from the palm of your hand to your elbow and into to the front and back of your upper arm. (Repeat the same steps with your left arm). Again, remember to always brush toward your heart. Finally, brush your abdomen and chest area including breasts and don’t forget the underside of your chin and ears (remember to use light pressure in these areas).
Once you have finished dry brushing, take hot-cold shower. Loofah the body in warm water to remove any additional dead skin cells, then quickly turn the faucet to cold for about 10 seconds…then turn it to warm again. Repeat this hot-cold shower stimulation a couple of times which will help to increase the circulation even more. Towel dry and finish up by moisturizing your skin with some essential body oils.
How to Care for Your Brush
To get the most use out of your dry brush, clean it with hot soapy water and leave it to dry in the sun to avoid any mildew accumulation. If your brush bristles look ragged, it’s time to replace it with a new one. You may find that bristles fall out when you brush (along with dead skin cells), this is normal which is why some suggest brushing in the bathtub or over a towel you can shake out outside. Be sure to use a dry, all natural bristle brush that is made of boar bristles or natural plant fibers (synthetic bristle brushes will irritate the skin).
Compliment Your Juice Cleanse with Dry Skin Brushing
As you can see above, dry skin brushing has many amazing benefits inside and out; the best part? It gives our largest organ a chance to absorb more nutrients that our bodies crave so much. So, whether you add this practice to maximize the detoxification of your next juice cleanse or make it a goal to dry brush your whole body every day for 30 days; you’ll experience the difference immediately and give your skin a chance to shine!
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