In my next book, Heal Local, as part of the section on circulatory health I recommend dry brushing as one of the most important things you can do for the system. I think at first glance that may seem odd. Some of you may even be wondering what I mean by dry brushing.
This past weekend I was talking to a relative about her psoriasis and as I began to recommend she start a dry brushing habit I realized that perhaps it would be a good topic to share with our readers here.
What is Dry Brushing?
It is best to use small, straight movements in the direction of the heart rather than circular movements. Start soft until you become accustomed to the feeling. These movements should be short and fluttery. You might envision that with each movement you are moving something that is under the skin from one area to another.
Your skin should be pink and tingly, not red and irritated when you are finished. One of the most common mistakes people make is taking their brush into the bath or shower. Dry brushing is a dry process. It should be done at least once a day and is best done before bathing or showering.
Why You Should Dry Brush
Dry brushing stimulates blood flow out to the small capillaries in your skin that are often fed less as we age.
Because you are stimulating blood flow to the outer layers of your skin, your skin is getting properly oxygenated. This means less wrinkles. It can also mean an improvement in the appearance of cellulite. It definitely means that you are getting regular exfoliation which will keep your skin glowing, remove dead and toxic debris, and may help to prevent wrinkles.
Lymphatic System Health
Our lymphatic system flows along with the circulation. It is responsible for moving toxicity out of our bodies through the skin and lymph nodes. Be sure to stimulate especially those areas near the groin, around the breasts, and under the armpits as you work your brush. Your immune system will thank you! (NOTE: The benefits to the lymphatic system are the reason I was recommending dry brushing to the relative with psoriasis.)
Do you typically feel cold? Do you need to turn your shower up to the maximum heat setting just to feel comfortable? Dry brushing will bring heat and warmth to your extremities and encourage your blood flow to continue, keeping your thermostat running better.
It feels awesome!
Seriously, once you start you may become addicted.
Important Tips & Suggestions for Dry Brushing
- For best results, your skin brushing routine should become a habit. It takes several weeks of daily brushing to see a change in the look of your skin and it takes longer to change the behavior of your lymphatic and circulatory system.
- Don’t brush over open wounds or rashes. Be gentle with yourself.
- Drink plenty of water each day to maximize the functioning of your body’s natural detoxification systems.
- Dry brushing is catching on in the mainstream so you will hear about it all over the place. I’ve heard some pretty lofty claims about the practice, including the notion that this is a way to lose weight! Be sure that you are following what feels right to you, what makes you feel healthy, and avoiding suggestions that aren’t right for your individual body.
How about you? Have you ever tried dry brushing your skin? What did you think?