Our skin is so much more than the bandage that keeps our internal properties safe. In fact, the skin is our body’s largest organ – it is a living, breathing, eating entity that absorbs almost 90 percent of what we put on it. It is also a self-renewing organ that continuously grows new layers of cells while shedding the “dead” ones. Often, the integrity of our skin can determine the integrity of both our physical and emotional well-being. It is up to us to properly care for our skin so that our internal systems get the support that it needs, however, the skin also happens to be the largest organ that we subconsciously mistreat. Every time we cleanse our bodies with chemical soaps, lather ourselves with unnatural lotions and spray on synthetic perfumes, we are introducing a host of toxic chemicals into our bodies to potentially cause imbalances and system disruption.
The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing:
In addition to only using natural products to cleanse and beautify your skin, practicing dry skin brushing is the best thing you can do for your skin and for your overall health. Dry skin brushing is the literal practice of brushing the dry skin with a natural soft bristle brush. The gentle daily practice of dry skin brushing can open clogged pores, exfoliate dead cells, encourage detox, stimulate circulation, deter cellulite, calms the mind, encourages lymph drainage and firms the skin.
How to Properly Dry Skin Brush:
- Get the right brush: No ordinary brush will do, you will need a soft natural bristle brush. Never use a synthetic bristle brush because they are too harsh.
- Upward brushing: Start brushing from the soles of your feet and gently work your way upwards – Gently brush up your legs, torso, stomach, arms, breasts, back, neck and face. Do not apply pressure when you brush, you should not feel pain or irritation.
- Shower: After you have brushed your skin, take a shower with the aid of a natural soap or body wash. You can also treat your body to a detoxing bath soak after brushing.
- Moisturize: After you have cleansed your skin, moisturize it with a natural formula that only contains natural skin loving ingredients – jojoba oil, coconut oil, Shea butter and vitamin E oil are wonderful ingredients to feed your skin.
- Don’t forget the scalp: The scalp should also be treated to a detoxing massage to stimulate new growth and healthy hair. You can massage your scalp with your hands or with a head massager or by gently scraping it with a comb.
- Care for your brush: Wash your brush once a week to keep it clean of build up.
It may seem strange when you first introduce dry skin brushing to your hygienic routine, however, it will become second nature once you get into the habit of it.