Your skin is your largest organ
Generally I go on and on about the things you put on your skin. They matter so much because your skin is an organ – your largest organ, to be exact. What you put on it affects your entire well-being. It’s so important to use natural products on your skin because they work with your body rather than against it. There are natural soap brands, eco-friendly lotions and butters, and even natural lipstick and makeup. Natural products and drinking plenty of water are usually my “go-to” solutions to promote healthy skin. But there’s also another way to help your skin get its shine on. Use the dry brush method!
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Benefits when you dry brush your skin
- DETOX – the brushing helps to stimulate and invigorate your lymphatic system. In the process, it helps it do its job better to eliminate toxins in your body. When your lymphatic system isn’t working as it should, you are prone to being sick. In fact, “lymphatic congestion” is top reason for disease and inflammation, according to Dr. Mercola.
- EXFOLIATE – using a dry brush 1-2 times a day helps to exfoliate your skin by getting rid of dead skin cells. This unclogs your pores which allows toxins to be more easily removed, and it makes your skin look healthier by revealing
- REMOVE CELLULITE – seeing as cellulite is partially due to a build up of toxins in your body, dry brushing may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite by removing those toxins.
- STRESS RELIEF – think of dry brushing as a daily mini-massage. We all know that massages are superb for getting rid of stress, and we also know that stress is a major contributor to many illnesses. Therefore, dry brush your skin, have less stress, and have more good health.
What you’ll need to dry brush your skin
- First, you’ll need a dry brush. I use the Yerba Prima Tampico Dry Brush which I purchased from Whole Foods (now also on Amazon). You can also find similar brushes at health food stores and other retail stores. Make sure the brush is a soft to medium firmness. Very hard brushes will only damage your skin because of how tough they are. Also, be sure to purchase a brush with NATURAL BRISTLES made from plant fibers, not synthetic ones.
- Some people also use oil when dry brushing. If using oil, then you should dry brush after you shower. If you are not using oil, then dry brush before you shower, which is what I do. This naturally scented Acure Rose Moroccan Aragon Oil would be the perfect oil for dry brushing.
- You’ll need to be in your bathroom and ready to shower post-dry brushing.
How to dry brush your skin
- The steps to dry brush your skin are easy to remember when you keep in mind to start with your fingers/hands and toes/feet.
- The next thing to remember is to always brush towards your heart. Brushing away from your heart could damage your blood vessel and veins. On your belly, brush counterclockwise.
- Starting at you hand, brush up your arm towards your heart. Starting at your feet, brush up you legs towards your heart.
- Brush in short, firm strokes as you move from your hands and feet towards your heart.
- Remember to be gentle! Exfoliation and brushing your skin should never be done in a harsh manner.
- Dedicate 3-5 minutes to brushing.
- After brushing, shower or bathe as you would normally do.
- After showering, follow up with moisturizing your skin with a natural oil or lotion.
- For younger people (20s and under), keep brushing to once a day. As you get older, your skin doesn’t renew itself as well, so you can brush up to 2 times a day.
Add the dry brush routine to your daily beauty regimen for more glowing skin and improved lymphatic system!