Another detox method I have used is dry skin brushing, which is also known as dry brushing. If you never have heard of it, it’s okay. I hadn’t either until a couple months ago when I tried it for the first time.
I’ll admit it sounds a little strange. I brush my hair, I brush my teeth, but brushing by skin – well that’s a little weird. But hey, I thought I would give it a try. Your skin is your largest organ, after all, and probably deserves a little TLC.
What You Need
- A high-quality dry brush
- Look for one that has bristles made from natural, non-synthetic bristles
- A brush with a long handle makes it easier to reach your entire back
- You can find dry brushes in most health food stores or online
How to Dry Brush
If you’re like me, I didn’t really think there was a “correct” way to dry brush. But I was wrong. There’s actually a technique to it or what I like to say, “the art of dry skin brushing.”
Always brush toward your heart because this is the natural direction of your lymph system and helps with circulation and detoxification.
- Start at the bottom of your feet, then work your way up your legs brushing upward with long, smooth strokes.
- Brush your hands and arms, again brushing towards your heart.
- Then brush your back with upward strokes, as far as you can reach.
- Finally, brush your stomach and chest – using clockwise sweeps on stomach, following the direction of your digestive system.
- Take a shower.
Avoid dry brushing your face and other sensitive areas. You can adjust the pressure of the brush for the different areas of your skin. The pressure of your brush should be firm, but not painful. Your skin may be pink after brushing, but it should not be red or sore. Make sure to wash your brush every now and then!
Benefits of Dry Brushing
- Helps with lymphatic drainage, removing toxins and bloat
- Exfoliates, revealing smoother, fresher, more vibrant skin
- Helps release stubborn lumpy areas (which may improve cellulite)
How often should you dry brush? Some people say to do it daily, while others say 2-3 times per week is sufficient. I personally think it depends on your skin. So, do what you think is best for you. But don’t forget there’s an art to it!
Stay lively my friends,
– The Lively Lymie