This series is about detoxing, but so far I seem to have given you more cautions about what not to do than practical tips on what you can do. And where’s the fun in that?! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather hear about – and focus on – what I CAN do! So today, let’s turn the tables and start talking about easy, practical things anyone can do to help their body detox.
One of my newest favorite ways to detox is Dry Brushing. Dry skin brushing is quick, cheap, easy and safe for everyone – adults and kids alike! But don’t let that fool you – it also comes with a slew of benefits. Dry brushing is an excellent way to improve circulation, flush toxins (especially from your lymphatic system), and leave your skin softer and clearer.
Sounds good, right? So where do we start?
- Get a brush. You want one with all natural bristles that are fairly stiff, but not so stiff that they’re uncomfortable against your skin. (If flexibility is an issue, look for a long handle style to make it easier to reach extremities like your feet!). You can find brushes online, or in the natural foods/health section of many stores for less than $10.
- Get Down to Your Birthday Suit. Technically this one is optional. You could just get mostly naked, but you need direct access to the skin you’re intending to brush. (Right before your shower is a great time. Try not to do it before bed, though, as some people find that it interferes with sleep.)
- Begin brushing by starting at your feet and moving in long sweeps toward your heart. (Check out the great diagram here for more detail.) Move the brush over each portion of your skin several times, being extra gentle on sensitive areas.
Ideally, you should try to dry brush your entire body every day. But if you can’t, it’s okay – just do it as close to daily as you can! It’s also important to make sure you’re drinking enough water. Dry brushing will loosen toxins and push them into circulation; your body will need appropriate amounts of water to finish the job of flushing them out of your body.
Clean your brush with soap and water once a week, and leave to dry in a clean, sunny spot. Then sit back and enjoy the results!
Have you ever tried dry brushing? Will you give it shot?