Take the ‘Dry Skin Brushing’ Challenge

by lydia on February 29, 2012

Welcome to another month long healthy habit challenge. This month we will be learning to instill the habit of dry skin brushing to help aid in overall detoxification and purification, support our lymphatic systems by increasing lymphatic flow, aid our kidneys and liver by stimulating the skin to help rid the body of toxins and hopefully get some healthy glowing skin out of the deal as well. Oh and did I mention that it is reported to help with cases of cellulite. In my post Dry Skin Brushing, I discussed the benefits and the how to’s – be sure to check that post out!

The Challenge

The idea is to get up every day and dry brush your skin in the morning. If you did the Oil Pulling Challenge you could continue with your oil pulling and add the dry brushing right along with that. It does not have to happen first thing in the morning, but that is an optimal time to do it. Right before you take a shower is best, so you can then rinse off all the sloughed off dead skin. If you do not shower every day, like myself, then just have a warm soapy washcloth to wipe yourself down. This does not have to take very long at all, and once you get the hang of it you will be so proficient it will only take minutes.

Brush your whole body once a day with a natural bristle dry skin brush. I bought my at Whole Foods ages ago. I bought a stiffer bristle brush and at first it was hard on me, but now I am used to it. Since they are so affordable, you may want two if you are just starting out. One that is softer and easier to handle in the beginning and a stiffer one that you can graduate to.

Start with your arms, front and back, moving from the fingertips up into the armpit (yeah that can hurt), always brushing toward the heart. Then do each leg, front and back, starting at the feet and brushing upward. Make sure you brush the bottoms of your feet too. Follow each leg up through the pelvis, buttocks, abdomen, and lower back. Then do the chest (very carefully ladies) and upper back ( a long handled brush can come in handy here, but I have been able to do it fairly well with my short handled one), always brush toward the heart. You can do the face lightly using downward strokes, preferably using a gentler brush or an exfoliating mitten.

Every time you dry brush come back to this post and comment. Go ahead and bookmark this post so you can find it easily. I will post daily reminders during the week on Facebook, so be sure to head over and like Divine Health on Facebook if you haven’t already. I also have a couple of guest posts planned from folks that have experienced some great benefits from dry brushing. At the end of the month I will select a winner through Random.org to receive a prize! Again, I have not yet decided on a prize, suggestions are welcome, but the focus is on creating a healthy new habit! So, who’s in? Comment below, gather your supplies and let’s get started!

Here are two basic brushes you can purchase if you can’t find one locally;

Also, it could behoove you all to go ahead and consider taking care of the skin on the bottom of your feet, and your face too during this challenge. I have a pumice stone with a brush on the other side for my feet (and let me tell you, my feet need it!) I personally am shooting for working on my feet once per week. Then for your face, you can try these little loofah complexion pads to gently massage over your face. Go ahead and try to use this every day for a smoother complexion. My hope is to help with my chin area, I seem to get some clogged pores there! So if you are up for a few more items to benefit you – try these out too this month!

 

This post contributed to Fat Tuesday.

THE WINNER OF THIS CHALLENGE IS…………………….TAMMY RODRIGUEZ!

Congratulations Tammy – please contact me @ DIVINEHEALTHFROMTHEINSIDEOUT@GMAIL.COM in the next 48 hours to claim your prize!

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