Dry Brushing: 5 Minutes to Health

Skin health is important!


I get it, you're busy. Sometimes, we simply don't have the time to dedicate to a healthy skin care regimen. So, we set our skincare needs aside in order to get the kids to school on time, head out to run errands before the streets get too busy, or to finally get your butt into the gym for a good sweat. But, neglecting the needs of your skin can mean that your body isn't able to relieve itself of the build-up of toxins that come from our diet and environment. 


Did you know?


The skin plays an integral part in the elimination of body waste and toxins, yet, it is the organ that receives the least nutrients. Because the skin seems to be last on the list of body-function priorities, taking care of it is a significant part of overall body health. I hate to break it to you, but skin health is more important that you may think!


How can you help your skin stay healthy?


Detox. Toxins can be absorbed through the skin, by ingesting and digesting certain foods and can be produced by the body through everyday processes. It is important that we eliminate these toxins as they are literally poison to the body.  They inhibit proper body function by weakening the immune system and liver. This can make you feel sluggish, tired and ultimately, sick. Sound familiar?


Have no fear, I've got the perfect solution.


Dry brushing is a quick and easy way to stimulate the lymphatic system responsible for eliminating toxins! All you need is a dry brush with a long handle to reach the extremities and back, and 5 minutes! 


Here's some helpful info if you would like to try dry brushing:

  1. Be sure to start with gentle, circular pressure. The natural bristles of the brush may feel abrasive at first, but when used properly they will not scratch the skin. 

  2. Dry brush right before getting into the shower or bath. Rinsing off after will help wash away dead skin cells and help open the pores for quicker elimination of toxins.

  3. Dry brushing will also eliminate dead skin cells from the body, leaving your skin soft and renewed.

  4. Pay special attention to areas that have lots of lymph nodes. The armpits, neck and pubic area will all be your groups of focus.

  5. Clean your brush regularly with warm water and tea tree oil. Simply fill a bowl with warm water, add 3 drops of tea tree and swish the bristles around in the solution. The tea tree oil will eliminate dirt and dead skin cells while disinfecting the bristles. In another bowl, add warm water and swish the bristles around to be rinsed. Store the brush in a dry area so that the water will drain from the brush properly. After 3 months, its time to get a new brush!

  6. For my favorite dry brush routine, click here.


Thanks for reading and please share your experiences or questions about dry brushing! I look forward to hearing from you!


With care,

Ashli