A Brush with Health


Dry Skin Brushing is something I learned about last year as I was attending school for Holistic Nutrition. I had never heard of it before then, but the subject surfaced in several of my courses until curiosity got the better of me. Now, dry skin brushing it is part of my daily routine and from this simple act I have seen many positive changes take place…

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day, also making it, one of the most important elimination organs. More than one pound of waste products are discharged through the skin every day! Toxins from everyday soaps, cleansers, antiperspirants / deodorants, lotions, cosmetics and synthetic fibers worn next to the skin, can gather beneath the skin’s surface and contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions, as well as prevent the skin from breathing. If the skin becomes inactive with its pores chocked with millions of dead cells and chemical residues, then impurities will remain in the body. The other eliminative organs, mainly the kidneys and liver, will have to increase their labor and will eventually become overworked, thus eventually creating disease.

When you do skin brushing, you help your lymphatic system, responsible for ridding the body of toxins. Skin brushing improves the surface circulation on the skin and keeps the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, and resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria, plus helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient!

Dry Skin Brushing Benefits:
• tightens skin.
• helps digestion.
• removes cellulite.
• stimulates circulation.
• increases cell renewal.
• aids lymphatic system in detoxification.
• removes dead skin layers.
• strengthens immune system.

How To Dry Skin Brush:
1 Buy a natural (NOT Synthetic), bristle brush, since it does not scratch the surface of the skin. These are available on-line or at your local health and natural food store.
2 Buy a brush with a long handle so that you’re able to get to the areas of your body that are difficult to reach.
3 Skin brush before showering or bathing. It should take you about 5 minutes to do your whole body.
4 Do NOT wet the skin as it will stretch it and not have the same effect.
5 ALWAYS skin brush towards the heart (see diagram above).
6 Do circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
7 Do lighter strokes over and around breasts, but do NOT brush the nipples.
8 Brush each part of the body several times vigorously, completely brushing the whole body.
9 Brush the soles of the feet first because the nerve endings there affect the whole body. Next brush the ankles, calves, and thighs, then brush across your stomach and buttocks and lastly brush your hands to the arms.
10 Take a warm bath or shower, which should always be followed by a cool rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation and stimulate surface warmth.
11 Wash your brush every few weeks in water and let it dry.

Dry Skin Brushing will change the health of your whole body. Circulation, skin softness and quality, skin infections and irritations, whole body freshness, your level of stimulation, the prevention of colds, and you personal rejuvenation are all areas of improvement you can look for, when you make it to a regular habit.

info source: http://healingtools.tripod.com/skinbrush.html
http://www.bestcare-uk.com/skin_brushing.htm
photo: http://daybreaklavenderfarm.com
http://www.bestcare-uk.com/skin_brushing.htm

Copyright 2012 My New Roots at mynewroots.blogspot.com

13 comments

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  2. DD

    Hi Sarah,

    I am so thankful for this blog! My introduction to you was in the Kinfolk Cookbook. I noticed that you cited Daybreak Lavender Farms in this article. Have you or do you use any of their products? I was wondering if you had a review…?

    Thank you!

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  5. Mee

    Thanks for this amazing blog! I’ve decided to start reading it from the beginning and I love it even more!

    I immediately bought the brush (it cost something like 2,50 euros 😉 and started brushing daily and after only about a week I’ve noticed an amazing change in the smoothness of my skin, especially in parts which were always my biggest problem, as I’m diagnosed with hair follicle inflammation. I could never even use a peeling, as it made the problem even worse (that’s why I was a bit scared of the outcome of the brushing in the beginning), but somehow (I can’t explain why, as it’s also kind of peeling mechanism, isn’t it?), it just works wonders!!

    I don’t even have any ingrowing hair anymore (like after shaving legs etc)!

    And it’s also amazingly pleasant. I’ve made it my daily ritual and I will continue doing so!

    Thanks Sarah!

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  7. Anonymous

    I guess I have just one comment/question. Wouldn’t it be kind of gross to brush before a bath? Don’t most people take a bath bc they are stinky or sweaty? Wouldn’t the brush be kind of yucky?

  8. Kaitlin

    I am addicted to the feeling I get from dry skin brushing. My whole body tingles, and it is something I now look forward to every morning. I can almost hear my pores singing “la Vie en Rose”, or something by Rod Stewart. Thanks for the info my dear!

  9. Debbie

    Winter is here, and my skin gets so dry. Mostly my face. I’ll start drinking much more water, as of now. what about skin moisturizers? I’ve gone through a couple “higher-end” creams, but I so avoid using them. I don’t like rubbing chemicals on my body just almost as much as I don’t like eating them. What about “organic” (?) moisturizers, made mostly out of good stuff? Know of any?

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