Dry Brushing: A How To

by Chelsea Etheridge

Dry Skin Brushing is something that’s been on my radar for the last few years. I’ve given it a cursory go every couple months, but just recently decided to make it a part of my daily routine. I’ve seen so many positive changes in mood, skin health and overall wellness. I’ve even been able to get my husband hooked… 

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s daily detoxification, making it one of the most important elimination organs. More than one pound of waste products are discharged through the skin every day! (That is so wild to me!) Toxins from common soaps, deodorants and lotions, can gather beneath the skin’s surface and contribute to a variety of skin problems, as well as prevent the skin from breathing. If the skin becomes clogged with millions of dead cells and chemical residues, then impuritie willremain in the body. The other eliminative organs, such as the kidneys and liver, will have to increase their workload and eventually will become weary, thus creating disease.

Dry Skin Brushing works by exfoliating the skin with a brush that has coarse, natural fiber bristles over the body in a particular pattern. By lightly brushing the skin, in these particular patterns, it helps to stimulate the detoxification of the lymphatic system.  Dry brushing also boosts immune cells.  Effectively pushing them to  replicate and multiply, therefore strengthening the immune system as well. 

How To Dry Skin Brush:

1 Start brushing at the soles of your feet - lightly stroke the skin upwards toward your heart. 

2 Brushing all sides, move up each leg using long sweeping movements.

3 When you reach your abdomen, use counter-clockwise strokes. If you have GI issues spend some extra time here using those circular motions before moving towards the heart again.

4 Now move on the arms. Start with your hands, brush up each arm.

8 Brush each part of the body several times vigorously, completely brushing the whole body. Your body should be nice and pink now, a sure sign of increased circulation.

Dry Skin Brushing can affect change in your health and body. Give it a go! Like we always say, you have a life to live. Fully. So why not take charge of your wellness.

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