Hello SOTGC community,
It is truly a privilege and an honor to be a part of the SOTGC family. I feel the love and positive energy in the air already! I look forward to learning from you and sharing with you my simple, fun, and practical solutions on work-life balance, cultivation of joy through self-care, and living in harmony with nature.
Here I go, my first post.…
Have you experienced some form of procrastination or resistance to something lately? You know, where your heart knows what the right thing to do is for your body but your mind (ego) is giving you reasons why you should not and cannot do it? We all experience this, some of us more often than others. This is totally normal. It is all a fun part of the human experience, and fun is always a good thing.
In fact, I am laughing at myself right now as I am writing about my most recent resistance episode with dry skin brushing. I made the most ridiculous excuses in the world, such as I don’t have the right brush (it is available in every drug store under the sun), I don’t know how to get the right oil (all it takes is a search on the internet), I don’t need to exfoliate my body since taking care of my face and neck is time consuming enough, etc. … until I ran out of excuses. Does this sound familiar to you? I finally got out of my own way, took charge, and took action. I got tired of hearing myself whine.
It has been two months since I started my dry skin brushing journey, and my body has never felt so relaxed and at ease with the world. Something good is definitely happening. Most noticeable is the disappearance of my typical PMS symptoms, which are breast tenderness and water retention. I am loving this! I have also noticed a smoother and tighter skin texture, especially on the back of my hands ‑ and this is after I stopped oiling myself after my showers. Wow! I am beginning to appreciate the magic and power that is dry skin brushing.
There is much wisdom in the old saying about the thing we need the most is what we resist the most. My resistance with skin brushing clearly demonstrates this. What changes in your life are you resisting? Could it be the one thing you need the most?
So what does dry skin brushing do?
- Exfoliates the skin and clears pores to optimize waste elimination
- Improves blood circulation
- Stimulates lymph flow and drainage
Dry skin brushing is a powerful self-care solution for wellness. It has been used since ancient times across many different cultures around the world. The skin is the body’s largest organ. Our bodies eliminate on average one to two pounds of waste through the pores of our skin daily. Skin brushing exfoliates the skin and keeps the pores clear, optimizing the waste disposal process.
When we brush the skin, we are also stimulating the movement of blood and lymph in our bodies. Unlike blood, which naturally moves itself by the pumping action of the heart, the lymph requires manual stimulation in order to move. Physical activity, skin brushing, and deep breathing are effective methods for moving lymph. Lymph delivers nutrients to cells that blood cannot reach, and it collects and disposes toxins (chemicals from our foods, water, environment, the air we breathe) from our bodies.
So why should you skin brush? For two minutes of self-care daily, you get an abundance of health and beauty benefits. Dry skin brushing:
- Generates production of collagen and elastin
- Tones muscle with increased blood circulation
- Tightens skin by increasing collagen, elastin, and muscle tone
- Improves texture of skin
- Stimulates oil production that naturally pH balances skin
- Minimizes cellulite
- Eliminates puffiness
- Lifts the breasts
- Eliminates water retention
- Efficiently distributes fat soluble vitamins
- Reduces toxic load
- Calms the mind
- Supports peaceful sleep
- Creates vibrant natural energy
Have I piqued your interest? Are you ready to give skin brushing a try? This is all that you need to get started:
- Be open to self-love
- Allow yourself to enjoy the benefits, yes, you deserve it!
- Buy a skin brush with natural bristles, available in most drug stores
- Brush skin daily for two minutes before showering or bathing
My Personal Tips for dry skin brushing on all areas of body except for head, face, and neck:
- Buy a skin brush with natural bristle fibers
- Wash your skin brush once a week with warm water and soap
- Brush when your skin and brush are dry, before showering or bathing
- Brush lightly when you first start the process. Apply a bit more pressure gradually as your skin gets used to dry brushing.
- Brush in an upward motion toward the heart.
- Brush each area of your body a couple of times to start and build up to seven to 10 times depending on the amount of time you can dedicate to this.
- Do not brush over cut or bruised areas.
- To maximize stimulation of skin, lymph, and blood flow, use a lymph tonic containing circulating oils (optional)
The 6 steps to dry skin brushing the body:
Step 1: Stimulate the lymph nodes along the collarbone, armpit and groin areas by brushing gently in a circular motion. This activates drainage.
Step 2: Start with the left arm, gently in circular motion, brush back and front of fingers, hand, and wrist. On the side and back area of the arm, apply short or long strokes up from wrist to elbow, apply circular motion around elbow, then continue with short or long strokes up over the shoulder and into the collarbone area for drainage. On the front part of the arm, apply short or long strokes to move lymph from the wrist to the upper crest of armpit for drainage. Do the same on the right arm.
Step 3: Gently brush in circular motion outwards from the nipple and areola toward the armpit. Be sure to continue moving the lymph over to the upper crest of the armpit where drainage takes place.
Step 4: For the abdomen area, brush in a circular motion, clockwise, starting from the navel in small circles outwards to the outermost part of the abdomen. Continue with circular motion, from big circles counter clockwise back into small circles around the navel area.
Step 5: Brush the back of neck and upper part of back, using short or long strokes to bring lymph into the collarbone area for drainage. At the lower part of back, brush toward the side of the ribs, then up toward the upper crest of the armpit for drainage.
Step 6: With a circular motion, stroke sole of foot, toes, front of foot, and ankles. Use long strokes to move lymph into knee area, applying circular motion. Continue to apply long strokes to bring lymph up to groin area for front of leg. For side and back of leg, brush up to the buttocks, apply circular motion and bring lymph into tailbone area for drainage. Do left leg first and then right.
For the Neck and Face, gently use a jade roller in an upwards motion toward the hairline, upwards and outwards from the center of face to the left on the left side, and then do the same on the right side for lymphatic drainage and increased blood circulation. Keep roller in refrigerator when it is not in use because it helps to close pores when roller is applied cold. Apply roller before sleeping and/or in the morning before applying makeup. It is best to buy a double roller, one with both a small and medium size roller.
I hope you will give dry skin brushing a try and let us know the benefits you experience.
Enjoy, have fun, and be well!
To view my short video tutorial on dry skin brushing, here is the link:
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