Skin brushing is simple, quick and very rewarding. If I were to recommend something to improve your health, this would be at the top of my list! Skin brushing has been part of my morning ritual for quite some time. I can tell a big difference in my skin and in the way that I feel. The Utah winter air tends to be quite dry and I usually have to use a ton of lotion, on my legs especially.
After starting to skin brush, I don’t need as much lotion. One of the coolest things is, the cellulite (yuck) I used to have on the back of my legs is GONE! Yea!
Some of the benefits of skin brushing
- Stimulates blood and lymph flow
- Helps eliminate toxins from the body
- Removes dead skin cells
- Encourages cells to regenerate
- Helps combat cellulite
- Results in smooth glowing skin
- Anti-aging through cell regeneration
- Strengthened immune system
- Stimulated nervous system, toned muscles, and tightened skin
- Stimulated both the sweat and sebaceous glands (contributing to the restoration of moist and supple skin)
Would you like to know how skin brushing affects your immune system?
Even though I have been doing this for a few years, I have recently come across some new information that shows a better, more effective way to do skin brushing. I have always been taught to just brush towards the heart. However, in a video on youtube, Robyn Openshaw (Green Smoothie Girl) interviews Brandi Owens, who goes into more detail about the lymph system and how skin brushing affects our immune system. Brandi is a former ICU nurse that does lymphatic drainage therapy full time at Oasis of Healing in Mesa, Arizona. This is a great little video to watch.
All you need is a simple natural bristle brush, preferably a brush with a long handle so you can get those hard to reach places. You can find a brush almost anywhere; try to get one with natural bristles and one that is not too stiff or too soft. I like this one on Amazon.com. It has a long handle that can be removed if you want. You will want to wash out your brush occasionally with soap and water and let it air dry completely.
Brandi has a great diagram that she has drawn up to show where and how on your body to brush. She has graciously given me permission to share this chart with you and permission to share her email if you have questions. You can send her a note here. I will keep you updated on more information she will be marketing and making available.
Simply click here to access a copy of the chart.
I suggest laminating it so you can keep it in the bathroom where you can access it easily.
Make it a morning ritual, just like brushing your teeth! It is important that you brush BEFORE you shower, before you have wet skin or any lotions applied. It can also be done before bed at the end of the day.
Another aspect I like to add while I am skin brushing is saying positive affirmations while I am stimulating tissue and energy meridians in the body. I show how to do this here. I like to say statements like…”I have healthy, strong bones” “I have beautiful, radiant skin” While brushing over different organs I like to state things like “I have a healthy spleen that functions properly” ” I have a healthy digestive system” etc. This is just an example of the mind, body and spirit working together. We can’t just address the physical aspects of our health and expect results. There will be more to come in upcoming blogs regarding how thoughts and emotions affect our health.
I hope you find this information helpful and inspiring. Please comment on any successes or questions you may have!