Skin Brushing

On August 17, 2010, in Health Articles, by admin

It is lovely to see the days getting longer with more sunshine and daylight; it certainly feels as if the dark days of winter are behind us. Now is a good time to start preparing your skin for spring and summer. One of the best ways to improve the condition of the skin on your body is dry skin brushing. Not only does dry skin brushing improve the condition of the skin by whisking away dead skin cells, it stimulates lymphatic drainage and the elimination of as much as one third of body wastes. Complaints such as arthritis, cellulite, high blood pressure and even depression have been linked to poor lymphatic drainage.

You will need a purpose designed natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach your back. The brush must always be used dry but cleaned in warm soapy water (with a few drops of tea-tree added) every two weeks.

Brush the body daily before you morning bath or shower. It is a good idea to take a week’s break every month as skin brushing, like many natural detoxification techniques, is more effective if the body does not become too accustomed to it.

To brush the skin, make gentle sweeping upward movements. Don’t apply too much pressure as you will scratch the skin, you will find that you will be able to gradually increase the pressure used over time, but this shouldn’t hurt so ease off on the pressure if it does. Begin with your feet (including the soles) and sweep upwards and move up the legs covering the front and back, sweep out across the buttocks and up the back. . Brush the hands; work up the arms, across the shoulders, down the chest and down the back. Finally brush the abdomen using a clockwise circular motion, following the colon. Always work towards the heart and bring toxins towards the colon.

The skin on the face is too sensitive for body brush treatment, but there are softer varieties of facial brush / exfoliating pads that are suitable for the face.

Skin brushing need take no longer than a few minutes and is easily done while you are waiting for the shower to heat up or the bath to fill. After the bath or shower apply you r favorite essential oil blend to damp skin to nourish.

Skin brushing is safe for almost everyone, do not skin brush over infected or broken skin, i.e. eczema or psoriasis. Also avoid any areas where you have severe varicose veins.

If, during the first week of skin brushing, you break out in pimples here and there, do not be put off. This indicates that your body is throwing off toxins and eliminating these through your skin. After a week or two your skin will look and feel healthy and glow!

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