I have been dry skin brushing for quite some time now. I have grown to love it and really look forward to it. Since I don’t shower every day I don’t dry brush as often as I’d like. I am considering trying to make it a daily habit because the benefits are so wonderful. In my studies through NTA, we are currently learning about detoxification of the body. Dry brushing is one way to help detoxify, so this practice is fresh on my radar. (I feel another month long challenge coming on – anyone interested?) In his book, ‘Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care‘, Bernard Jensen explains the benefits of dry skin brushing;
No soap can wash the skin as clean as the new skin that you have under the old. Our bodies make a new top layer of skin every 24 hours. Skin brushing removes the old top layer and lets this clean new layer come to the surface.
The skin is one of the five main elimination channels of the body, throwing off about two pounds of toxic material each day in the form of perspiration. The skin has been called the third kidney because of it’s ability to rid the body of toxic waste material. Do not hinder the skin by using oils, creams or other noxious glop that serves only to clog it in the name of beauty. Instead, see what regular skin brushing can do for you.
Skin brushing is accomplished using a natural-bristle brush with a long handle to reach those hard-to-get-at-places. The whole body (except the face) should be brushed one half hour after rising and prior to the morning bath or shower. You may wish to skin brush again before retiring for the night. Note the powder that comes off your skin as you brush. These are crystals of uric acid and other dried waste products that came out with the perspiration.
Always brush the skin when it is dry, and never expose the brush to water. Although the bristles may seem a bit stiff at first, this is because the brush is new and your skin is not yet used to the brushing. If you find the brush is too stiff, you may, just once, hold the bristles in hot water for no longer than one minute and no deeper than one-half inch. This will soften the bristles a little. However, it will not be long before you desire a stiffer brush! Your skin will love you for brushing it regularly, and you will love the way your skin feels and looks too.
How to Dry Brush Your Skin
Use a natural bristle brush about the size of your hand or larger. The brush should have a long handle so you can reach all parts of your body. If unable to find a natural bristle brush, satisfactory substitutes are a loofah mitt, or coarse bath gloves.
Tip: It is advisable to start with a less harsh brush and brush gently at first, until the skin is “seasoned”; then switch to a coarser brush.
Starting with the soles of the feet, brush vigorously making rotary motions, and massage every part of your body. Press brush against your body as much as you can comfortably stand. Sensitivity of the skin varies with every individual. Also, various parts of the body vary in sensitivity. Brush in this order: feet, legs, hands and arms, the back, abdomen, chest and neck, the face.
Here is the dry skin brush that I currently use:
I am considering purchasing this one to reach my back more easily:
How about you? Do you dry skin brush? How has it benefitted you? Does anyone want to take part in a month long challenge to make this a daily habit? Comment below………
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