Just Brush It Off
Several years ago, my naturopath recommended that I include dry brushing, a technique used for hundreds of years, as a part of my overall healthcare regimen. He explained that dry brushing removes dead skin cells and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, which stimulates the lymphatic system and increases the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Dry brushing, known as Garshana in Ayurvedic practice, stimulates hormone and oil-producing glands, it opens your pores, removes dry skin cells, helps break up fat deposits, and leaves your skin feeling soft and looking rosy.
We all know that it is important to clean our skin regularly to get rid of dirt, oils and environmental pollutants in order to keep our pores clear and our skin healthy, but most of us don’t realize that our skin has an important role in our health – it is our largest eliminative organ, excreting 25-30 percent of the body’s toxins every day! The less our skin is able to eliminate waste, the more strain is placed on our liver, kidneys, lungs and mucous membranes, and the more likely our bodies our to harbor toxins, which can lead to disease, weight gain and, horrors, cellulite!
So, how do you give yourself a dry brush massage? It is best done before a bath or shower so the dead skin cells can be rinsed off the skin. Use a soft, natural, vegetable bristle brush that designed specifically for this purpose. You can find them in most natural food stores. Begin by brushing from your fingers and toes and work in circular motions up your limbs toward the heart. Brush all of your skin, using light pressure, except the sensitive skin of your face and inner things. Finish off by brushing from your back towards your stomach. If you don’t have a body brush, you can also use washcloth or loofah, but the dry brush feels the best!
If you integrate dry brushing into your daily bath or shower routine, you will see noticeable improvement in the appearance of your skin. Soon you will have healthy and glowing skin.