I wasn’t able to post for One Simple Change last week, but the good news is you’ll get 2 One Simple Change posts this week! Today I want to introduce you to the practice of dry skin brushing: a great way to cleanse and stimulate the skin, your body’s largest eliminative organ.
Dry skin brushing is good for anyone who desires healthy skin (um, who doesn’t?), and it is specifically recommended if you are doing any type of “detox”. It’s excellent for unclogging pores, removing dead skin cells, and can help break up cellulite, giving the skin a more even appearance. It also helps to improve circulation and can enhance digestion.
In order to dry brush your skin properly, you should purchase a loofah or natural fiber brush that has a long handle. These are available at any natural foods store. Plan to do your brushing before showering or bathing: you can do it once a day, if you like, or just a few times a week. Or reserve it only when you are doing any sort of cleanse or detox…it’s up to you.
Instructions for Dry Skin Brushing
Give yourself 5-15 minutes to brush your whole body. You can start with your feet and move up your body, or you can start high and work your way down. Take care with areas that have thin skin and that are generally sensitive, such as the face, breasts and stomach, and avoid damaged skin or very sensitive areas (I think you know which ones I mean).
Use circular motions, brushing toward your heart, and brush in the counter-clockwise direction on your abdomen in order to enhance your digestion.
After you do your dry brushing, it is suggested that you take a warm, not hot, shower, and if you are up to it, end with a cold rinse. After you towel off, you can apply some liquified organic coconut oil for a real skin softening treat.
More about Dry Skin Brushing:
The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing from Jash Botanicals
Detox: Dry Skin Brushing from The Crunchy Chicken