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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Andrea Jones March 21, 2012 at 8:15 am

I dry brushed, my skin feels so so soft.

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LW March 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

brushed this morning. Will try to get my 4 yr old to brush with me tomorrow.

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Andrea jones March 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

Dry brushed today

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Melody March 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

I dry brushed today and yesterday. Yea! I especially like dry brushing my face. :)

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Jody March 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Dry brushed today!

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LW March 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

brushed again this morning

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Jody March 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Dry brushed.

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Andrea Jones March 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

dry brushed again

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LW March 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

brushed and oil pulled today :)

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Hannah March 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I finally picked up a dry brush from the store today. After my first ever dry brushing session, I am hooked. My skin feels so good; like its breathing. Thanks for all the helpful and healthful encouragement.

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Jody March 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

I have brushed most every day! I just can’t seem to remember to post! I did post today and yesterday.

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LW March 27, 2012 at 9:44 am

brushed today :)

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Melody March 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

Dry brushed today!

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andrea jones March 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

I dry brushed

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Jody March 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

I dry brushed and did my feet today.

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LW March 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

brushed this morning :)

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Angela March 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I ordered my dry brush yesterday. Looking forward to trying it. I have enjoyed hearing about everyone’s results! I tend to hang back and see how these things go before I just jump in and try them.

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Tammy Rodriguez March 29, 2012 at 7:37 am

i’ve been brushing every day… ‘cept yesterday… plum forgot… but every other day… just haven’t been postin’… i’ll continue this .. i like it!!! :)

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Andrea jones March 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

Already dry brushed this morning

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LW March 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

Brushed this morning again.

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Melody March 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

I dry brushed yesterday. I love how my face feels!:)

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LW March 30, 2012 at 10:08 am

brushed today! :)

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Andrea jones March 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Dry brushed today

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Melody March 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

Dry brushed yesterday before I showered!

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Andrea jones March 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I dry brushed again

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LW March 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

brushed today. Will continue

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Melody April 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Dry brushed yesterday and this am!

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Tammy Rodriguez April 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

thanks!!!!!!

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Meenal Shaikh July 20, 2013 at 12:40 am

I have been dry brushing my body for almost a year.. believe me d result is too Gud…my body was never this smooth before..

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Judy October 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Do this challenge again with warning so that I can get a brush. I didn’t see it in Feb.

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