Your skin is the largest organ of your body and plays an extremely important role. It protects the inside of your body (including all of those important cells, tissues, and organs) from harsh external elements. Everything that your skin comes into contact with each day affects it, and most of those “things” expose your skin to toxins.
From perfume, deodorant, and lotion to the sun, pollution, and preservatives, your skin is continually in contact with things that cause harm. But few of us actually take the time to improve our skin other than to slather on some more lotion or use a different kind of soap.
My Secret to Improving Your Skin
I’ve been practicing how to care for my skin for years, and I can tell you from experience that the most important step you can take to care for your own skin is dry brushing. Now, before you say, “Jen, dry brushing? Really?” let me tell you this. When I first heard about dry brushing, I poo pooed it immediately. That is—until I made it a practice.
The Benefits of Dry Brushing
I dry brush my skin, and I see amazing results from it. Your skin has pores that rid your body of chemical and toxic build up. If your pores are clogged, the passageway is blocked. You’ll end up with dry skin, acne, and unpleasant smells. Dry brushing clears the pathway so your body can get rid of that chemical and toxic build up!
Dry brushing has so many benefits for your skin and your body. It helps your skin rid toxins by increasing blood circulation and improves lymphatic drainage. It even improves cellulite (I’m not kidding!).
How to Dry Brush Your Skin
When you dry brush your skin, you’ll look healthier and feel healthier! Here are the steps I use to dry brush my skin:
Step 1: Start with your feet.
Use a long-handled brush and begin by brushing your feet and moving up your legs. Use long, smooth strokes and always brush towards your heart.
Step 2: Brush your arms and torso.
Again, use your long-handled brush to dry brush your hands, arms, and shoulders. Brush in that order, and don’t forget to brush towards your heart. Next, move to your buttocks, back, shoulder blades, torso, rib cage (stop at your breasts), and sides (from your hip to your armpit). Brush your body in that order.
Step 3: Move to your face, breasts, and other sensitive areas.
Use a smaller, softer brush to dry brush your face starting with your forehead and moving down to your neck. Next, dry brush your breasts and other sensitive skin using your soft brush and gentle strokes.
Step 4: Shower.
When you’ve finished dry brushing your skin, be sure to shower to remove any remaining dead skin. When you get out of the shower, pat your skin gently to dry it rather than rubbing it. Finish by applying a natural oil to your skin so you replenish any oils that were lost from dry brushing and showering.
Dry brushing is just one simple daily shift you can make to naturally detox as part of your Simple Clean and Whole journey! Once you try it, I know you’ll see the benefits and love it as much as I do!