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What is Dry Brushing?
Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. The dry brushing technique deals with detoxification of the skin, while also stimulating all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage. Dry brushing also helps improve brain function, flushes your lymphatic system, improves immune function, alkalinizes your blood, and is great for your skin and hair health.
Materials for Dry Brushing
A soft natural fiber brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. One with a removable pad with a strap for your hand is a good choice. A loofah sponge or a rough towel can also be used. Most nylon and synthetic fiber brushes are too sharp and may damage skin. The important thing is to find something that is just right for your skin.
Directions for dry brushing
Always dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.
Do the brushing toe-to-head. Long sweeping circular strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart.
Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good.
Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts, and infections. Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy.
Finish up with your regular shower and ending with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as olive, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter.
Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.