- improves circulation
- stimulates your lymphatic system.
- unclog pores and exfoliates your skin.
Your skin, the largest organ in the human body is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin.
I love this ritual, which is designed to stimulate the lymph system and circulation. It feels amazing, like an exfoliation and brisk massage all in one. Skin brushing works in a few ways: it exfoliates dead skin cells and promotes cell renewal, it helps the lymphatic system drain and remove toxins, and it aids digestion and kidney function. Some say it also smooth the appearance of cellulite, which is always an appealing benefit. Using your skin brush with natural bristle’s (never synthetic), brush your whole body in long sweeping strokes toward your heart. Start at 1 foot and sweep up to the knee, then up to the thigh, and then repeat first with the other foot and then on the back of each leg. Again working on one side and then the other, start at the fingertips, sweep up to the elbow, then up to the shoulder. Starting at the pelvis, sweep up the torso and then sweep up the lower back. Give each section a few minutes of attention and you’ll be amazed at how invigorated your whole body feels. The brushing will leave your skin feeling tingly and awake. Now follow up by rinsing off in a warm (not hot) shower. If you are brave enough, try a brisk, cool rinse for an extra invigorating experience.
After getting out of the shower, pat dry skin and apply a natural fruit oil like rose hip or coconut oil.
Continue to dry brush your entire body every day. Twice a day is recommended for best results. Remember to clean your brush with soap and water once a week. Leave to dry in a clean, sunny spot to avoid any mildew accumulation on your brush.
Let me know in the comments how you feel after trying this out.