I was first introduced to dry skin brushing years ago by a friend and have utilized the technique ever since. The first thing you should know is it has nothing to do with the hair on your body (unless your man looks like an ape and needs that type of grooming). Dry skin brushing is an easy, inexpensive way to invigorate your health. Through the gentle brushing of your entire body, you can actually improve cellulite, drain your lymph system, stimulate digestion, improve dry skin, increase circulation, and even stimulate a low libido. The key to the effectiveness, however, is consistency.
What Do I Need?
The only thing that you need to buy for this therapy is a good, natural hair or fiber brush in which to brush your skin. Personally, I use a brush that is actually a natural shoe polisher (I’m resourceful). It works perfectly and has just the right amount of tension in the hair. You can find the real deal at your local health food store or the bath/toiletries section of the drugstore. I like natural hair or fibers as they don’t stress your skin like some synthetic types can. Also, a brush with a long handle is helpful for the hard to reach areas.
How Do I Do It?
• Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
• Continue brushing up your legs.
• Proceed to your hands and arms.
• Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
• Use circular strokes on the abdomen.
• Lightly brush the breasts.
• Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.
Follow along with this video for detailed instructions.
Key Points to Remember
1. Always brush toward the heart as brushing away from it puts stress on your heart valves.
2. Start at you feet and work your way up.
3. Brush the abdomen in the circular direction that digestion occurs (right ascending colon to the left descending colon).
4. For effective lymph drainage, use the technique every day for at least 3 months.
5. Try to do the brushing for at least 10 minutes a day before bathing.
6. In times of illness, skin brushing can be done twice a day for a more aggressive cleanse.
I hope that you get a chance to try dry skin brushing. It has a powerful impact on your body for such minimal time and effort on your part. Be well-be beautiful.
***The content of this article is informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your health care provider. Women’s Life Link, it’s authors, associates, commentators, and linked sites do not claim that this information will diagnose, improve, or cure any condition or disease.
Photo by Poiupoiu
Video by Carolyn Dickerson