Get ready for some serious self care.
Today I’m going to share something that will transform your skin (and your health) and you’ll actually like it!
Your body’s toxins are excreted through your skin and lymphatic system.
If your skin is covered with dead skin cells and your lymphatic system can’t drain properly, you will experience toxicity and inflammation throughout your body.
Dry brushing is the ancient Ayurvedic practice of removing dead skin cells with a dry brush in order to promote detoxification.
Dry brushing also stimulates your lymphatic system, allowing it to drain the built-up toxicity that your body accumulates over time.
Other benefits of dry brushing include increased circulation and oxygen flow, smoother and softer skin, and the improved appearance of cellulite.
How to Dry Brush
Dry brushing should be practiced daily. It’s quick and easy and feels great with the right brush. Here is the link to the dry brush that I use every day.
Brush your dry skin using firm (but gentle) strokes toward your heart to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
So when you are brushing your legs, use long strokes upward toward your heart, and when you are brushing your arms, use long strokes downward toward your heart.
Brush your tummy in a gentle counter-clockwise motion to stimulate your digestive system. Your stomach and chest are more sensitive, so use a lighter touch.
Dry brushing is great for cellulite so give the back of your thighs, booty, and problem areas some extra love. You can also dry brush your face, but use a separate, softer brush.
After dry brushing, bathe and/or follow up with a self-oil massage.
Abhyanga is the name for the Ayurvedic practice of self-oil massage that follows dry brushing.
Dry brushing leaves the skin sensitive and exposed, so it’s important to hydrate and heal your skin with oil afterward.
Self-oil massage also promotes further detoxification, increases circulation, and enhances muscle tone, plus it’s pretty darn relaxing.
Organic sesame oil is the usual choice for self-oil massage because it’s considered the queen of oils in Ayurvedic medicine.
Sesame oil is a warming oil, so it’s great for people like me who are always cold. Coconut oil is a cooling oil, so it’s a great choice for summer or if you run warm.
For optimal absorption, heat up your oil with a tealight oil diffuser like this one for a few minutes before applying to your skin.
Depending on how dry your skin is, you’ll use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of oil during your self-massage. Add a few drops of essential oil if you’re feeling fancy.
Once your oil is warm, use the same long and firm strokes toward your heart that you used during dry brushing.
After your dry brushing and self-oil massage session, revel in how soft your skin is and how relaxed you feel!