Wednesday, June 30, 2010

YOU BRUSH YOUR WHAT??!!

*skin brushing diagram

Get your minds outta the gutter, Beautifuls. Lol.
I'm referring to dry skin brushing.

Dry skin brushing is a health and beauty technique that involves using a natural fiber brush or loofah pad, to detoxify the skin. This procedure is done when you are dry and naked, right before you get in the shower.

 Some facts on skin:
  • The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day
  • The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands
  • That the skin is known also as our third kidney
  • That the skin receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body
  • That the skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency

 Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. The dry brushing technique deals with detoxification of the skin.




Dry brushing is a way to stimulate all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage.




Dry Brushing was recommended by the Finnish Dr., Paavo Airola for his patients 30 years ago and is still popular in European spas and many cancer treatment centers today. The Russians, Turks and Scandinavians have used this treatment for centuries. Dry brushing is promoted as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch, but there are many other benefits as well:




Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing:

1. Removes cellulite


2. Cleanses the lymphatic system


3. Removes dead skin layers


4. Strengthens the immune system


5. Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands


6. Tightens the skin preventing premature aging


7. Tones the muscles


8. Stimulates circulation


9. Improves the function of the nervous system


10. Helps digestion


11. AND it’s easy, inexpensive and invigorating!



I consistently dry brushed my skin daily for a little over a month. At first, the sensation was a bit rough and I found my skin to react sensitively to it. I also noticed that I felt a little crappy shortly after beginning brushing. I took this as my body was going through detox. After a few days though, I felt great and so did the brush on my skin.


After dry brushing my body, I immediately jumped into the shower to wash off the impurities from my brushing session.



SOME NEED-TO-KNOW POINTERS ON DRY SKIN BRUSHING:


• Always dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.

 
• You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head. It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart.

 
• Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.

 
• Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good. You can also dry brush areas of cellulite five to 10 minutes twice a day to achieve cellulite dissolving but the technique needs to be done consistently for a minimum of five months.

 
• Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts, and infections. Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy.

 
• Finish up with your regular shower and ending with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with either hot or cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.

 
• After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as olive, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter. Add a little peanut and Castor oil to the mix if you have arthritis. Edgar Cayce says this works to take out some of the pain, and we’ve found that to be true over the years.

 
• Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.

 
• Any well designed program will take about 30 days to see and experience the changes. Please be patient and keep up the program! For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.






Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

**This information is from Natural Health Techniques.com. You can read more up on dry skin brushing here.



Also, Evelyn, from EvelynParham.com (A great healthy raw & live plant-based living site!), did a great video that you can use as a visual to show you how to dry skin brush properly. You can click the link to it here.



{{Hugs}},





 

12 comments:

  1. I love this idea.... this is the very first time of me hearing of such a thing. Sounds , quite beneificial...thanks so much for sharing this !

    Take care.

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  2. I'm loving how your blog is fast-becoming one of the spaces I must make time to check in on regularly. This, like many of your posts, was so informative. I heard of this last year when I met a detox specialist at an event, and I forgot all about it until now. It makes tons of sense to me, and I'm going to start doing it. Thanks for the reminder, mama!! YOU ROCK!

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  3. I can honestly say that I've never heard of this before, but I'm curious. Seems like it would feel so good, too!

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  4. @Zainab1 - My pleasure!

    @Execumama - Awesome! Making me gush over here.

    @Jodi - Hey Jodi! Thanks for the comment. At first, the brush felt a bit rough on my skin but after I got used to it the feeling was something I looked forward to.

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  5. I really want to give this a try. I also like the idea of taking 15 minutes before your shower to spend some time taking care of yourself. I need to get a brush!

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  6. This is GREAT Informations! I always slack off with brushing ☺ Thank you for the reminder ♥
    Have a fantastic week end ♥

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  7. I have been doing this on and off for about a year. First heard about it on Afrobella, and then went internet troliing for info. It really does work. Often time after working up a sweat at the gym (and when my brush is not available), i will shower and do the hot cold cycle. My muscles don't feel as sore when i do.

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  8. Great information. I must incorporate this into my life. Thanks.

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  9. I'm glad I stopped by to thouroughly read this post. I need to be more consistant with this. I never incorporated dry brushing long enough to notice a difference but this is a great reminder to get me back on track.

    Once again, great info CO! :-)

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  10. @naturalreviewbyl.com - Thanks for coming thru. I think I got my brush from a health food store for under $10. I want to say it was around $6 but don't quite remember.

    @Hippiemom - Always great to have you come thru. Big Hugs!

    @Anonymous - Incorporating hot and cold showers is something I need to do. Thanks for the reminder.

    @SisterDenise - You're welcome. Thanks for commenting.

    @CallaLily - You're welcome, Hon! It was my pleasure. I totally understand needing to be consistent.

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  11. I never heard of this before. So today I bought a brush and I am going to start this technique tonight. I think I'm going to do it at night at first to make sure my skin does not flare up.

    P.S. - This is one of my favorite blogs. Wish you were on facebook :)

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  12. @Carrli- Hi Lady! I can't wait to hear about your experience with dry brushing.
    Btw, email me if you want to connect on Facebook.
    :)

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