Dry Brushing 101

Dry brushing is an old technique of skin massage from Scandinavia with many benefits for your largest organ, your skin. Your skin is responsible for protecting your body from invading pathogens; eliminating waste through sweat, exfoliation and lymphatic drainage; and instigating immune responses to wounds and infections. It is a vital organ with a lot going on behind the scenes.

Dry brushing helps your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells that can block pores and keeps your skin clean. As well it stimulates circulation which brings extra oxygen and nutrients that nourish the skin. The act of massaging the skin also promotes lymphatic drainage. This encourages the fluid in the lymph nodes to flow towards the heart, reduces blockages and aids in immune function.

Here are a few easy steps to help your skin look and feel its best:

1. Use a vegetable bristle brush such as Redecker's Well Fit natural bristle brush.

2. Brush your skin once a day in the morning. Dry brushing is naturally energizing and great for an early morning pick me up. Your body is really great at exfoliating itself and over brushing may make your skin prone to infection if over exfoliated.

3. Use long sweeping strokes from your feet towards your heart, your hands towards your shoulders and your torso upwards.This is the motion that will best benefit your lymphatic system. Use only light pressure, enough to brighten up your skin but not scratch or damage your epidermis and be careful to avoid any sensitive parts!

4. Rinse your skin afterwards in a contrasting shower of hot and cold water. This will increase your circulation even more as well as rinse off any debris. It is recommended that you start with the hottest water you can stand for about a minute followed by the coldest water you can stand for about a minute. Repeat at least 3 times, then towel dry rigorously and apply a plant oil such as coconut oil to soften the skin and make it feel wonderful!

5. The final step is to clean your brush once a week with soap and water and to make sure it has a chance to dry thoroughly before using again. 

For more information about dry brushing and other amazing tips and recipes for a healthy life check out Claire Ragozzino's vidyacleanse.com.

Celine MacKay
Celine MacKay