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Dry Brushing: A Powerful Home Detox for Softer Skin
Dry skin brushing is the secret method to detoxification and it has long been a part of Ayurveda’s cleansing philosophies. Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old science originating in India and is believed by many to be the oldest healing science. Detoxification can be performed by a number of organs and glands, that’s what makes your body marvelous. It’s a continuous, self-sustaining machine but every now and then, it doesn't hurt to acquire some assistance. Your skin is an organ of elimination - being the largest organ in your body - one-third of your daily impurities are excreted through the skin.
Dry skin brushing is not only one of the cheapest, most efficient forms of skin indulgence; it is also truly the most effective form of skin detoxification. Dry brushing takes about 5 minutes in total and won’t hinder your usual morning routine. Do this daily, at least once or even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time to dry brush is in the shower before you turn on the water. Don’t brush wet, hence dry skin brushing ;) You can apply moisturizers and oils to your skin afterwards, as dry brushing does leave the skin more receptive to products later on. Numerous benefits come from dry brushing, not only does it banish cellulite and improve skin tone; it cleans the lymphatic system and strengths the immune system.
Here’s how to go about dry brushing; the act itself:
1) Brush towards the heart, making long sweeps. Don’t scrub or make circular motions. Avoid a back and forth sweep.
2) Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest.
3) On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise.
We recommend a firm brush for the feet, legs, buttocks, and arms while opting for a lighter brush for the torso.
The more benefits we learn about dry brushing, the more we fall in love with this relatively simple routine. Do you dry brush or if you don’t, will you start now? Feel free to let us know by commenting below with your thoughts. We would love to hear about your history with dry brushing or if you’re new to this technique!