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Self Love Activity: DRY BRUSHING

By February 19, 2018Uncategorized

Let’s talk about how we treat the body that carries our souls around this Earth!  Let’s talk about the need to care for her greater, better and with more intention!  Today I want to share with you a detox method known as DRY BRUSHING!

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.

In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.


Benefits of Dry Brushing


1. Lymphatic Support:

The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin and proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and help the body detoxify itself naturally.


2. Exfoliation

This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. I noticed much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after I started dry brushing and my skin has stayed soft. Dry brushing is one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin. I love this benefit of skin brushing and how soft my skin feels when I do this regularly!


3. Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)

The added benefit of exfoliating the skin, is clearing oil, dirt and residue from the pores. Using a specialized smaller gentler dry brush for the face, I notice that my face is softer and my pores are much less noticeable.


4. Natural Energy Boost

I wouldn’t recommend dry brushing at night but it is great in the morning. One theory is that because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. Either way, dry brushing is a fantastic way to love the SKIN YOU’RE IN!


Here’s How to Dry Brush the Skin:

  1. Starting at the feet, brush the bottoms of your feet and up your legs in long, smooth strokes. Brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains. As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.
  2. Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again,  brush each section of skin 10 times.
  3. On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
  4. You can even repeat the process on my abdomen and back and  face with a more delicate brush.

Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best.  If it hurts at all, use less pressure!

I brush before showering and use a good lotion after showering. I love Nivea for Dry Skin!

Replace the brush every 6-12 months as the bristles will eventually wear out. I also recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.


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Leave a comment below and let us know if you have tried dry brushing before.  Let us know if it’s something you would try to care for your skin and body? Post in our FB group your plans to start or NOT, share your WHY!  Tag your partner, your coach, let’s connect!

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