Dry Brushing: How To Do It & Why You Should
Your Skin & Detox:
Whether you know it or not your skin plays an important role in detoxification, but if it’s overrun with toxins or dead skin cells, it can’t eliminate wastes efficiently. This is where dry brushing is invaluable. It removes dead skin and activates waste removal from your lymph nodes.
Lymph is a fluid in our circulatory system and it contains white blood cells, so lymph also affects our immune system. It picks up bacteria, toxins, and other waste from our blood and filters it through the lymph nodes, where the bacteria is destroyed. Poor blood circulation means the lymph cannot properly do it’s job resulting in cellulite, varicose veins, and a weakened immune system. Dry brushing improves the lymph flow.
And for men? Don’t be so Macho, man up and take care of your skin and lymphatic system, it can take just 30 seconds a day for all these benefits:
Here Are More Benefits of Dry Brushing:
1. Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
Your lymphatic system eliminates cellular waste. Hundreds of miles long, these tubes allow waste to collect from your tissues and transport through the blood for elimination, known as lymphatic drainage.
If not working properly, waste and toxins can build up causing inflammation and disease. Dry brushing can help to prevent this.
Removing the dry dead skin, improves appearance, clears clogged pores and give you the healthy glow you’re looking for.
3. Increase Circulation
increased circulation will help to eliminate metabolic waste and improved health and flow of what the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to as your Chi.
4. Reduce Cellulite
Cellulite is essentially hard fat deposits below the skin, which dry brushing can help to soften. In fact, the Huffington post reported it to be one of the more successful ways to smooth away less than perfect spots on your legs in their anti-cellulite road test.
5. Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
improving circulation through Dry skin brushing has been shown to support your digestion and organ function.
Dry Brushing: How to Do It
I would suggest a stiff dry brush made from natural materials, with a long handle so you can reach your back. Such as either of these: (Click the photo for amazon link)
You should do it daily for best results prior to going in the shower or bath. You can do it after work as well. Brush towards your heart, aiding the circulation of your lymphatic system. Start at your feet, including soles and work your way up your legs, arms front and back of your torso. Don’t brush your face, genitals or any irritations or abrasions on your skin including varicose veins.
The pressure you apply should be firm but not painful (don’t scrub). Your skin should be pink afterwards (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between 30 seconds and 15 minutes. It might hurt a bit at first but as your skin gets used to it, it will no longer hurt. (This is a good thing)
I just do it from my feet up towards my heart and above my heart I move down towards my hear but if you really want to go crazy with this try this dry brushing video: (technique starts at 4:30)
Try It…You Won’t Go Back
Many people I’ve showed this to have become hooked, feeling softer smother skin, and even less brain fog, better sleep and more energy.
My Plan for Healthy, Flawless looking Skin
Understanding proper nutrition is the best plan for healthy skin. See my video here for what I eat for breakfast, all of which has healthier skin in mind including, Omega-3 fermented cod liver oil, organic green vegetables, Fermented Vegetables, Astaxanthin and more supplements all shown here in my blog on which supplements I take.
For healthy skin overall see my video here for shaving and skin care. I also suggest never using soap, buying a shower filter and using coconut oil or real aloe to moisturize your skin, even your body.