Want to increase the benefits of your juice cleanse or just lead an all-over more healthful lifestyle? Dry brushing is the perfect addition to your daily repertoire.
I first started dry brushing about a year ago after I read Dr. Alejandro Jungerâ€™s Clean. I had committed to a serious overhaul in my diet & Dr. Junger touted dry brushing as basically the answer to lifeâ€™s problems. OK, maybe thatâ€™s a little dramatic, but the point is, I think everyone should jump on the bandwagon.
Â WHAT IS IT?
Dry brushing is essentially a â€œmassageâ€ for your largest organ â€“ your skin.
Not only does it exfoliate & slough off dead skin cells, but it is perfect when detoxing as it helps skin to breathe, increasing blood flow & circulation while stimulating the circulatory & lymphatic systems. Translation: nutrients in, toxins out.
NOTED BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING
Â Glowing, smooth skin [ buh-bye cellulite! ]
Improved digestion & kidney function
MY TIPS & TRICKSÂ
- Pick your brush carefully. You want one that has stiff, natural [ not synthetic], bristles with a slight give. Here is the brush I USEÂ [ I got mine at Whole Foods].
- Only brush skin that is 100% dry. No water. No oil.
- There isnâ€™t an ideal time to brush. I brush before showering, usually at night. Some prefer brushing in the morning as it gives them an energy boost. For me, itâ€™s calming, but I do sometimes brush twice a day. Play around with what works for you & always listen to your body!
- Brush in an upward motion towards the heart. This is the way the lymph flows naturally, so always follow this rule! I start at my ankles, brushing in long, sweeping strokes up each leg & towards the chest. For arms, start at the shoulders &Â brush towards each hand. For stomach, brush in a counter-clockwise motion. Focus on any problem areas [ back of the legs, anyone? ].
- Brush with light, yet firm strokes. Yes, it will be a bit uncomfortable at first, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Skin should feel â€œbuzzedâ€ &Â be slightly pinkish in color. If itâ€™s red or irritated, lighten up!
- 2 is the magic number.Â Try to brush for 2 minutes. If that seems tedious at first, work up to it. I keep it around 30 seconds perÂ leg &Â 60 seconds for upper body.