Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Secret to Radiant Skin

Have you ever wondered if there was a secret to healthy, younger looking skin? What if that secret was virtually free and easy to achieve? Well, the good news is that there is a secret, and that it is easier to achieve than you might think…it is called “Dry Skin Brushing”. The benefits of this simple “Home Spa Treatment” may pleasantly surprise you.

The Facts:
Or skin is the largest organ in our body, and after the liver, it is the second largest organ of detoxification that our body uses. In fact, the skin is responsible for eliminating one quarter of the body’s toxins every day. If our elimination is poor, these toxins become trapped in our system resulting in dull or tired skin, acne and clogged pores. Clogged pores are not just a cosmetic concern. Failing to rid the body of toxins can result in poor health. Dry skin brushing actually helps to eliminate these toxins by assisting your body to shed wastes, which in turn, helps promote overall health and vitality.

There are many benefits to skin brushing, a few of which include:

·        Increased blood flow
·        Cleanses the lymphatic system
·        Removes impurities beneath the skins surface
·        Stimulates digestion
·        Stimulates nerve endings in the skin
·        Helps improve the function of the nervous system
·        Tones the muscles
·        Helps to reduce cellulite
·        Eliminates dry, dead skin cells
·        Healthier, younger looking skin with a warm glow
·        It is easy, inexpensive and invigorating!

In order to begin, the first thing you will need is a soft, natural fiber brush with a long handle so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. You can buy body brushes in most health food stores and department stores – one with a removable handle and a hand strap is a good choice.

Next, begin brushing. Always dry brush your skin before you shower or bathe; you will want to wash away the dry skin and impurities as a result of the brushing action. Begin with your feet and brush in a circular motion. Continue brushing up your legs, using long sweeping strokes, toward the heart. Repeat these same steps with your hands and arms, always brushing toward the heart. Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck. Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen, following the flow of digestion. 
Using the handle on the brush, brush upwards from the waste, up the back and down from the neck.

Finally, shower or bathe, using your favorite aromatherapy soap or bath oil. Pure oils can help to assist the detoxification process, while helping to relax and soothe your senses. After getting out of the shower or tub, gently pat your skin dry and massage your skin with a product containing pure, quality plant oils. Such as, Lemon, Lavender, or Lemongrass.

Clean your brush regularly with soap and water. Adding a few drops of lavender to the bristles before brushing will ward off bacteria while adding a bit of extra cleansing and pampering.

Important things to remember: Avoid any sensitive, irritated, infected or damaged skin and avoid facial skin as well. Never brush any skin that is sensitive or broken, such as skin rashes, wounds, cuts, and infections. Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy. Never brush areas with varicose veins.

For best results, add dry skin brushing to your daily routine. Any effective skin care routine will take about 30 days to fully see the results. For a complete lymphatic cleansing, perform daily skin brushing for a minimum of three months.

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