Day 3: Dry Brushing

woman using bath brush

Your skin is the largest organ of the body. But you knew that, right?

Did you know that healthy skin protects your body from chemicals and extreme temperatures and produces antibacterial substances that enable your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun.

Another vital role your skin plays is detoxification. So think about it, if your skin is overrun with toxins and dead skin cells, it won’t be efficient at eliminating waste.

Here are some of benefits you’ll see after several weeks of daily brushing.

• Reduces appearance of cellulite by breaking down and moving around fat cells. Although not clinically proven, many have seen amazing reduction in cellulite appearance, especially when paired with a healthy diet and exercise, naturally.
•Helps remove dead skin cells and encourages new cell renewal resulting in smoother, brighter skin.
•Helps reduce pesky ingrown hairs
•Improves vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage encouraging your body to get rid of waste. Therefore helping the body run more efficiently.
•Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin. For those who are doubting how scrubbing yourself with a bristle brush could feel good, try it!
•Helps muscle tone and distributes fat deposits more evenly
•Eliminates clogged pores

All you need is a long-handled natural bristle brush, not one made from nylon or synthetic materials. You want to find one that comes off the long handle, so you can hold it in your hand when getting the easy to reach spots. Brushes usually run from $4 to $10 and can be purchased at drug stores, health food stores or stores with a beauty section. Mine came from Target, of course.

Here’s how to do it:
•Skin should be dry
•Work in gentle circular, upward motions, then longer, smoother strokes.
•Start at the feet and work your way up towards the heart. Lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it’s important that you brush in the same direction (with the exception of your back; brush from the neck down to the lower back).
•After you’re done with the ankles, move up the legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms.
•Be gentle on more sensitive skin and never brush over sunburns, rashes, sores or cancerous areas.
•Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities and remember to alternate temps in the shower to further stimulate blood circulation (check out Day 1 Detox Bath)
•Follow it up with a good moisturizer. I use Burt’s Bees Lemon and Vitamin E Bath Oil

I have been doing this daily for about two weeks and love the way it feels. I can’t say at the moment that my cellulite is better, but I can say that my sunless tanner goes on with no streaks and my skin feels great. Also if anyone suffers from Keratosis Pilaris (KP or “chicken skin”) this makes a huge difference on the backs of your arms.

Try it. You’re body will love you for it! Just ask fans actress Molly Simms and Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr who swear by it!

Photo credit and some helpful info from Queen of Green

About Cluttercafe

Wife to a great guy. Mom to two active, wonderful kids. Full time working woman trying to keep it all together.
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