What is Dry Brushing? Dry Brushing is a method of cleansing, detoxifying and exfoliating the skin using a wooden long-handled brush that has natural bristles. Dry brushing is done before a shower and can take 10-15 minutes to complete. Starting at the feet, you massage your body with the bristles towards your heart. It takes a few minutes to do each leg, followed by a few minutes on the torso, the back, and the arms.
Dry Brushing fanatics swear by it's wonderful cosmetic results, including a reduction/elimination of cellulite and tightening of the skin, while others tout it's amazing ability to eliminate toxins, cleanse lymphatic fluid, improve circulation and help digestion.
Many people forget that the skin is a vital organ in the eliminiation process and that it breathes toxins out of your body, just like your lungs, your bladder and your colon. Using chemically-laden body moisturizers only impede your body's ability to eliminate toxins as you are actually ADDING chemicals to your skin. Moisturizers that are mineral oil based actually prevent your skin from breathing out the toxins, thereby trapping them. Gee, I wonder if that is what actually causes skin cancer?!? Mineral Oil can be hidden by it's many names in an ingredient list. Look for the obvious Mineral Oil, or the less obvious names such as Paraffinum Liquidum, Paraffin, Liquid Petroleum, or Petrolatum.
Dry brushing helps to eliminate dead skin cells and the toxins that are trapped on them. The method of brushing from your feet to your heart encourages circulation and eases the strain on your heart and vascular system. It also acts to massage your internal organs and muscles and encourage your oil-producing glands to moisturize your skin.
To get the most out of your dry-brushing, follow with a warm (not hot or cold) shower using an all natural soap, such as Dr. Bronner's organic and fair trade soap (available at pretty much every health food store in north america). Then turn the temperature of the water up pretty darn warm for a few minutes, then turn it down to cool for a minute before turning all the way down to freezing for a minute. Turning the water hot and cold like this 2 or 3 times will tighten your skin, warm your core, and refresh your body and mind.
Keep in mind, that if you shave your legs, you should do it AFTER the hot/cold shower and after your goosebumps subside.
Between the dry brushing and hot/cold showers, you just may get the closest shave you've ever had!!!