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Dry Brushing For Your Health

Dry brushing offers many benefits to the skin. Recent research has shown that dry brushing can improve your overall health by increasing circulation and strengthening the immune system along with a host of other benefits.

As we know, the skin is the largest organ on the outside of the body. It is responsible for eliminating waste and toxins from your body and is sometimes called the third kidney due to its role in toxin elimination. The skin plays a more important role in our health than most people realize. This is why it is important to take care of your skin and allow it to do its job to the best of its ability. Below are some of the benefits of dry brushing.


1) Removes dead skin and unclogs the pores.
2) Stimulates the lymphatic system
3) Strengthens the immune system
4) Stimulates oil producing glands
5) Stimulates blood circulation
6) Improves the nervous system
7) Aids in digestion
8) Makes skin feel smooth and silky.

1) A natural bristle brush preferably one with a long handle
2) A natural body oil like coconut, apricot, grapeseed or a combination. Make sure that the oils you use do not contain any preservatives or paraben. You can find good body oils at any health food store. Just make sure that they are pure and natural without artificial ingredients. Organic oils are even better.
3) 5-10 minutes total in the morning while the shower water is getting warm
4) That's it!!!

All of these benefits for the cost of a natural bristle brush and some natural oils. The whole process only adds about 10 minutes to your daily morning routine. It's a great way to start your day. You feel invigorated and alive and ready to face the day after a dry brushing. Results can be felt almost immediately, but the healing affects of dry brushing will take a while longer. The best time to dry brush your skin is in the morning before your shower.

Start with the feet and legs. Use one long sweeping motion upwards towards your heart. Start at the bottom of the feet and move up the leg from back to front one leg at a time. Then do the hands and arms in the same manner, always brushing upwards towards the heart with a long sweeping motion. Next do the stomach and the hips in a horizontal movement from side to side. The neck and chest is next in a downward motion, again towards the heart. On your back, use long sweeping motions downward towards the small of your back.

Immediately after dry brushing, jump in the shower. Some references say to fluctuate between hot and cold water if you can stand it. The object is to rinse off the dead skin cells and open up the pores, so do whatever you can stand. Shower as usual with a pure natural soap. Towel dry, then apply the oil to your body in the same motion as you did your dry brushing. Movements should always be upwards towards your heart. You don't have to use a lot as you don't want that oily feeling all day long.

It's important not to forget your face. Dry brushing is too harsh for the face, so use a stiff washcloth either dry or with hot water (as hot as you can stand without burning yourself) and use short even motions outward towards your hairline. Never stroke towards the middle of your face. Then proceed with your normal daily facial routine.

Once you start implementing skin brushing into your morning routine, you won't be able to stop. It just feels so good and the benefits can be seen and felt almost immediately. The hardest part will be finding the 10 minutes in the morning. Do whatever you need to do to add this routine to your morning schedule. Set your alarm 10 minutes early if you have to.