BRUSH YOUR SKIN
Article from How Green Smoothies Saved My Life by Kim Caldwell
I first learned about dry skin brushing in Dr. Paavo
Airola’s informative book How to Keep Slim, Healthy and
Young with Juice Fasting.
Please do not underestimate the results you will get
from the simple act of dry skin brushing. Dry skin
brushing is a quick, invigorating and easy process that
will enhance your vitality and well-being. Once you get
used to doing it, you will be able to brush your skin as
quickly and easily as brushing your teeth. It is amazing
how good it will make you feel.
When you start adding all of these wonderful Green
Smoothies and raw fruits and vegetables to your diet,
your body will naturally get rid of a lot of old buildup. If
you are dry brushing your skin at least once a day, you
will barely notice your body cleaning house.
What benefits can you expect from skin brushing?
The most important result skin brushing offers is that it
stimulates your lymph and glandular system, which is
essential for feeling your best. This revitalizing technique
will tune up your whole system. It gives you glowing skin
in as little as a week. It will help diminish cellulite. Dry
skin patches will disappear. Rough, dry feet and elbows
will become much softer and appear more youthful. Dry
skin brushing stimulates the oil producing glands, which
will moisturize your skin naturally. You will also
experience much better digestion when you skin brush.
This adds up to feeling amazing and refreshed, all from
this one little habit that takes only a few minutes a day.
Your old skin cells are constantly dying off and new
ones are being born. This turnover is enhanced when
you brush off the old, dead skin. The new, healthy skin
underneath will glow. People who skin brush can expect
to look 10 to 15 years younger.
It is important to understand that when you start
cleaning up your diet and drinking Green Smoothies,
your body will ease through any detoxification if it is
given adequate elimination. Your skin is the biggest
organ of elimination, and dry brushing is the finest way
to assist in eliminating waste. This is why it is so
important that you give dry skin brushing a try.
My personal experience with skin brushing is that it
makes me feel refreshed. Over the last five years, I have
skin brushed off and on. I always feel much better when
I skin brush. My whole system feels much stronger. It
even lifts my mood. It is my belief that skin brushing is
central to feeling your best. It is well worth your time
and effort to give dry skin brushing a good try for at least
Here is how to dry skin brush. Use a natural bristle
brush. You can purchase one at your local health food
store or at any bath and body product supplier. Be sure
to ask for a brush that is specifically used for skin
brushing. The natural bristles have a light wheat color.
The brushes come with long or short wooden handles.
Pick the one you feel most comfortable with. It is
important to get a natural fiber brush that feels brisk on
your skin; you will just brush softly until you get used to
The perfect time to body brush is first thing in the
morning and right before you go to bed. If it is
convenient, it is a good idea to body brush before your
daily shower or bath, but it is not necessary. This way
you will remove any skin that the dry brushing loosened
up with your shower.
To skin brush, simply take your natural bristle brush
and start brushing the front and back of your hands in
quick light strokes. Always move the brush toward the
heart. Next, move up the arms with long strokes. Brush
your shoulders and the neck gently. Pay special
attention to your underarms, as there are many glands
located in this area. The glands in our underarms benefit
greatly by a gentle skin brushing. Brush both arms all
over, moving toward the heart. Now brush the tops and
bottoms of your feet, moving up your calves and thighs
with long strokes. Brush the front and back of your legs.
Brush your bottom. Brush the back of your knees, as
they also have many glands that benefit from skin
brushing. The next step is to brush the belly. Continue to
brush up toward the heart. Brush the chest area gently.
Then brush your back. These are just general guidelines.
I encourage you to create a skin brushing regimen that
feels best to you.
When you first start skin brushing, you need to brush
very gently. The longer you brush, the better your skin
will adjust to it. Like anything else “practice makes
perfect.” Go at your own pace, taking time to ensure
your body enjoys the process. Please skin brush
mindfully and with love. Make it a pleasure. Your whole
body will benefit.
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