The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects the body, helps regulate body temperature, and eliminates wastes. Dry skin brushing is a natural way to support this organ detox.
How does Dry Skin Brushing work?
- Dry brushing exfoliates and removes dead skin cells that may be clogging pores on your skin’s surface.
- It also stimulates your circulation and brings blood to the surface. This has many benefits, one of which is supporting the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system and helps fight infections.
- By increasing circulation and helping to remove toxic materials, dry brushing may also help reduce cellulite.
- Lastly, dry brushing can bring your attention to individual body parts and serve as a preventative check-in.
How do I do it?
- Obtain a natural bristle brush. It should preferably have a long handle for help with hard-to-reach areas of your body.
- Brush your skin with the dry brush standing in your bath area. Note: The skin may flake off and fall in the area.
- Start at your feet and move upwards. Make sure you always brush towards your heart. If you are brushing the head and neck area, brush downwards, and if you are brushing the legs and torso, brush upwards.
- After you complete the brushing, continue with your shower or bath. Once complete, pat yourself dry and moisturize with a natural oil (like coconut oil).
- Start gently and be careful over sensitive areas like the breasts. Over time you may be able to tolerate more brushing.
- Do not dry brush your scalp, face, eyes, genital areas, open wounds, eczema, sores or areas of weakened skin.
- Dry brushing should be avoided if you have dry skin with scaling, itching or cracking.
- Remember to wash your dry brush with soap and water once a week to keep it clean and free of dead skin cells.
- Dry skin brushing is only intended for adults. Do not dry skin brush children or infants.