Dry Brushing – Four Beautiful Benefits

Dry Brushing - Four Beautiful Benefits | RealFoodCarolyn.com

What could be better?? A wellness practice that gives you glowing skin, improved health, and takes just a couple of minutes of your time each morning. Think it’s too good to be true? Not at all! Lucky for us, it’s a very real, and very health-conscious treatment. Let me introduce you to dry brushing!

Dry brushing is just what it sounds like. It’s the process of brushing your skin in a particular pattern with a natural (not synthetic) dry brush. It’s an ancient practice that supports the lymphatic system and stimulates the release of toxins.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it plays a major role in eliminating waste. In a day alone, we eliminate lots of waste through our skin… {insert bug-eyed face here!}…try not to think about that too much, right?! The lymphatic system is the body’s powerhouse that says ‘see ya later toxins’ and makes our cells happy. An optimal lymphatic system is achieved through exercise, eating whole foods, and drinking plenty of water. To support your lymphatic system and boost toxin elimination, add dry brushing to your routine!

In addition to an improved lymph system, dry brushing will:

  • Exfoliate dead skin and unclog pores.
  • Keep your skin supple, soft, and glowing year round.
  • Increase blood circulation which revitalizes and tones the skin, and may also be linked to improved energy levels.
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite. Yes, you read that right! Cellulite occurs when toxins accumulate in the body’s fat cells and get trapped. Dry brushing can help break down these toxins and promote elimination. Just remember that cellulite is normal, and has zero impact on how wonderful each body is. 💗 

Dry brushing should be done daily, ideally before a shower. You’ll want to use a firm, natural fiber, long handled brush… The handle just helps you reach your back and legs. This one is my favorite. When dry brushing, be sure to move in gentle strokes, being careful not to press too hard. If it’s your first time dry brushing, expect your skin to be a little pink afterwards. Don’t worry, that’s totally normal! Over time, it will become less sensitive. If your skin is red or stinging, you’re probably brushing just a little too hard. Try a lighter touch to avoid irritation.

If you’re ready to give dry brushing a try, follow these easy steps. Be prepared for vibrant, supple skin!

  • Stand in a bathtub or shower so that the dead skin is easily washed away.
  • Begin brushing at your feet, moving in long, smooth strokes toward your heart.
  • Repeat the same strokes with your arms, starting at the palms. Don’t forget the armpit – that’s where many of your lymph nodes hang out.
  • Then move to your abdomen and back, using the same strokes.
  • If you want to dry brush your face, go for it but GENTLY. It’s recommended that you use a more delicate brush, so just make sure you do! For this technique, I love this type of brush the best.
  • Clean your brush with soap and water once a week.

I challenge you to try brushing once a day for 30 days!! You’ll have skin that looks like the result of a spa day splurge, and an improved lymphatic system all rolled into one. What could be better?

EXCLUSIVE TIP for healthy looking skin: Moisturize afterward with a lovely carrier oil or non-toxic unscented lotion combined with one or more of these essential oils known for their rejuvenating properties: Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood, Frankincense. You can get the certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils through your own doTERRA wholesale account through me HERE.

 

 



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