Detox #1 - Dry Brushing
I love dry brushing. Detox is a huge topic and there a million ways to do it. However, dry brushing is one of my favorites. Why? Because it is inexpensive, fast and so simple to make part of your daily routine. THAT is when detox strategies are the most effective. If you need help getting started, let me know :)
Check out some of the benefits of dry body brushing:
On the outside, dry body brushing unclogs the pores and exfoliates the skin, leaving it looking brighter and feeling beautifully smooth and soft. On the inside, it stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to speed up the process of eliminating metabolic waste from the body. Additionally, it increases blood circulation to the skin, which helps to release toxins from within, as well. Body brushing also helps to soften fatty areas beneath the skin – and that, coupled with the toxin elimination, is actually thought to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The feeling of the bristles on your skin stimulates your nervous system and feels awesome. Some natural health experts believe that the benefits can go as far as improving digestion, too.
My favorite aspect, though? Dry body brushing undoubtedly soothes the mind. The gentle brushing motion can turn into a meditation in itself, helping to free your mind of unwanted stress and rigidity, and leaving you feeling pampered, happy, and excited for whatever this day may bring your way.
Before you bathe or shower, brush your entire body, starting with your feet and working upwards with large, upward stroking motions. Make sure both your skin and the brush bristles are dry, and always brush towards your heart, as this encourages lymph flow to the main ducts of the lymphatic system. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a brush specifically designed to do so), as well as any other sensitive or irritated areas. Use more pressure on the feet, legs, arms, and butt; and less pressure on the front and back of the torso. When you’re finished, your skin should have a nice pink glow, but should not look red or feel irritated. You can brush for anywhere from two minutes to a half hour – or more! Do what feels right for you. Follow each session with a shower or another form of hydrotherapy to rid the surface of your skin from any toxins that have been released.