Dry Body Brushing

Who wants to have a bright, youthful glow to their skin?  Who doesn’t, right?

Your skin is your largest organ and this is a very easy and inexpensive way to detox your body at home.

Dry body brushing has been around for centuries.  It opens pores, stimulates sweat glands, gets your lymph system moving (especially important for all of us with compromised lymph systems due to radiation and surgery), increases your blood circulation and encourages your body to release waste material from cells near the surface of the body.  By simply dry brushing each day before you shower you get rid of dead skin, dirt and even some uric acid.  It also strengthens your immune system, helps in digestion, and tightens skin and removes cellulite.  Now who doesn’t want that?

All you need is a natural bristle or natural hair brush and for best results do this 3 to 5 minutes each day before showering.  You lightly and gently stroke or brush your skin, always in a motion toward your heart.  If you are getting red skin or scratches you are brushing too hard.  When dead skin comes off you have fewer bacteria on your skin.  When you take a warm shower after, you open the pores and allow the toxins to be washed away.

You can also rub in essential oils which are good for moisturizing your skin after you shower.  My favorites are all natural coconut and almond oil.  Your skin takes in lots of toxins so treat it with care and use all natural moisturizers, not ones filled with chemicals and toxins.  Other prefered oils which can aid in relaxation and circulation include; peppermint, lavender, rosemary, tea tree, bay laurel, lemon, sweet orange, or fennel.  You can also go to the EGW (environmental working group) website (www.ewg.org) to research how your health care products score on a health concern scale.

Dry body brushing only takes a few minutes each day but the way it makes your skin feel is priceless!  Give it a try.

-Kristen

Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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