Dry Brushing

This may be one of the quickest self-care tips yet, coming in at TWO minutes! And, it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do to take care of our skin. Enter, DRY BRUSHING!

This video by an amazing natural beauty expert, Nadine Artemis, explains this simple technique:

BEAUTY FACTOID ALERT! In this video Nadine comments that dry brushing affects your brain. In mentoring with her I have found out that is the case because in utero the cells that make our brain are the same that make our skin. Save this tidbit for your next cocktail party! :)

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing:

• stimulates all organs of detoxification
• can reduce the appearance of cellulite
• helps shed dead skin cells, encourages new cell growth, resulting in smoother, brighter, and younger looking skin
• helps prevent ingrown hairs
• improves blood circulation
• stimulates lymphatic drainage
• eliminates clogged skin pores
• rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
• strengthens the immune system
• stimulates hormone & oil producing glands
• helps digestion
• reduces the need for body lotion

Make sure to use a natural bristle brush {not one made from nylon or synthetic materials}. This is the one I use.

For added benefit, use one drop of an essential oil. The best essential oils for a synergistic affect {because they stimulate the lymphatic system} are cyprus, eucalyptus, yarrow, rosemary, frankincense, lavender, or laurel. Place one drop in your palm and gently rub the bristles over it prior to brushing. (Click here to learn more about which essential oils I recommend.)

A Few More Tips:

• Always brush your skin when dry, followed by a warm shower.
• Remember to brush in the directions of the heart. The lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction.
• Avoid brushing any broken or irritated skin. Be careful of sensitive skin around the breasts, and never brush inflamed skin, sores, sun-burnt skin, or skin cancer.
• Avoid skin brushing before bed as it can be too stimulating and disrupt sleep.
• Clean your brush once a month with water and some gentle soap. If you’re able, let it dry in the sun.

SELF-CARE EXTRA CREDIT: HYDROTHERAPY! Before you exit the shower alternate the water temperature from hot to cold for three rounds, making sure to end with cold. This further invigorates the skin and stimulate blood circulation.

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Download a copy of the DRY BRUSHING CHEAT SHEET to keep in your bathroom! {I have mine taped to the inside of my medicine cabinet door.}

If you’d like more info about adopting a clean and green body care regimen, get the low down on over 10 recipes (!!!) for easily-made-at-home personal care products — everything from a non-toxic facial cleanser to a luxurious eye cream to delightful foot soaks — download a recording of a Non-Toxic Personal Care teleclass on this very topic.

 

 


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