You brush your hair, you brush your teeth, you brush your pets, but do you dry brush your skin???
You might think this post is coming from out of left field, but did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? If you are spending the time and money to ensure that your internal health is in the best condition, it’s important to remember your SKIN.
1. Your skin has a very important job of eliminating toxic waste. It is estimated that about 1 lb of waste is eliminated through your skin, DAILY. If your pores are clogged, your body is not able to function the way it is supposed to. We all regularly exfoliate our face, for many reasons. Why not make your entire body part of that skin care regimen?
2. As you brush, you are increasing circulation to the skin, to promote detoxification.
3. Reduce cellulite as your body is breaking down fatty pockets in the skin. As you are skin brushing, you are stimulating the lymphatic system to clear toxins from the body. The detoxification process is responsible for breaking down the fatty pockets in your skin that cause cellulite. Brushing dry skin tightens the epidermis, further causing the breakup of the fatty toxic build up we see as cellulite.
4. It improves muscle tone by tightening the skin. This is especially great if certain areas of your body are starting to sag.
5. Brushing dry skin promotes brighter, smoother, more beautiful skin!
Here are a few IMPORTANT tips:
2. ALWAYS use a DRY brush on DRY skin. Also, keep your brush in a dry area… not inside the shower. It is extremely beneficial to dry brush your skin right before the shower. This will ensure that you are washing away the dead skin cells and toxins you just brushed off.
3. Next, you will need to make sure you are ALWAYS brushing towards your heart. Here is a graphic to help you remember. You should avoid any areas that have open wounds, rashes, acne, or sensitive skin. When you are brushing your stomach, you should brush in clockwise motions.
4. It is normal for your skin to feel sensitive after you are finished, or appear slightly red. Do not apply too much pressure where it leaves your skin raw. You can work your way up. Start light! 🙂
5. Keep your brush clean. Thoroughly wash your brush at least once a month with a natural, mild soap and some warm water. Let it dry for 24 hours before you use it. This will prevent bacteria growth.
6. I keep my brush right beside my shower ledge to help me remember to brush every morning. Out of sight, out of mind… so keep yours in a spot where you will remember.