detox: no green juice needed

January 30, 2014

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our skin is the most important organ when it comes to eliminating waste {ok…eew.}

so if you’re a current member of the ubiquitous kale cleansing club, dry brushing should be more important to you than that added shot of ginger.

easy and crazy economical, dry brushing is a daily detox i’ve been performing for years.

as the name implies, dry brushing is done on dry, lotion-free skin. i dry brush every morning before my first bath.

these invigorating strokes stimulate the lymphatic system, where all detoxification starts; the nervous, immune and digestive systems are then triggered to renew and replenish.

cosmetically, dry brushing does remarkable things for the texture and tone of the skin….i can definitely see a difference in the prettiness {or lack thereof} of my skin when i don’t dry brush; typically when i’m on vacation.

i also get a kick out of the psychological benefits….those bristles are NOT cashmere soft, but i sorta, kinda look forward to my early morning perk-me-up session with my dry brush {although it’s not as romantic as it reads.}

so how does one dry brush?

1. always start with a dry brush on dry skin {duh. hence the reason it’s called dry brushing.} i like the yerba prima brush because the bristles are strong.

2. starting with the feet {bottoms and top} you always want to brush upwards toward your heart.

3. quick, strong, rapid strokes are best. it shouldn’t be a languid, marcia brady movement.

4. from the feet, move up onto the front and back of your legs and backside {a dry brush loves to attack cellulite.}

5. for your stomach make sure you brush in a counter-clockwise direction; this helps stimulate the digestive system.

6. the tops and back of hands need love too; and then moving UP your arm toward your shoulder and heart. a dry elbow is mush in the hands of a dry brush.

7. for your back, brush DOWN from your shoulders and brush UP from your low back {again towards the heart.}

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there you have it!

any other dry brush addicts out there?

happy brushing m’loves.

  • I have been hearing so much about dry brushing lately! Time to try… and oddly excited to! 🙂

    • try it, and let me know how you like it…it definitely feels weird at first, but i dig it now…happy weekend kristin.

  • I did it long ago; but obviously not for lONG enough. Your post makes me want to give it a go. JUST found you. Will be lost in your blog for a while…

    • hi virginia!
      thanks so much for visting…yes, dry brushing feels weird at first..but now it feels weird not to do it…happy weekend.

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