I am always on the lookout for simple, effective additions to my daily routine. Dry skin brushing is just one of those techniques that can achieve real health benefits with a minimal amount of time (and expense).
So, what is dry skin brushing and what are the benefits?
The exact origins of dry skin brushing are unknown, but references to the practice have been found in many cultures for hundreds if not thousands of years.
The skin is your body’s largest organ and it plays an essential part in the elimination of waste and toxins. At its most simple, dry skin brushing helps keep the skin in tip-top condition and allows your body to eliminate waste effectively.
Dry skin brushing:
What’s not to like!
How do I do it?
Use a natural bristle brush (I have one with a removable long handle which I attach so I can reach my back). These are not expensive. Synthetic bristles can be too harsh and can actually damage the skin.
Aim to brush for about 5 minutes per day before showering until your skin feels tingly.
If you wish to apply a body oil do so after the shower as it will be absorbed much more fully on brushed, clean skin.
As with all new techniques, practice makes perfect. This should not hurt, if it does, you are brushing too hard. Yes, it is refreshing, but should not be painful.
Do not brush sensitive of broken skin.
To gain full benefit of the technique practice regularly (ideally every day, but let your skin guide you to what is appropriate for you).
See the difference after a few weeks of practice!
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