The One Thing You’re Not Doing…

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This week you’re going to see your chiro.

Next week is Thai massage.

You almost always floss, clean your ears, and you’ve even starting oil pulling and meditating.

Though you may be quite the over-achiever when it comes to body care, and kudos for that, there may be one thing that you’re not doing, and it’s way essential.

Dry brushing.

And before you object to adding yet another task onto your morning routine because it might just tip the scale from busy-bee to frazzle-pants and mean arriving 18 minutes late for work instead of 10…

Imagine, if you will…

A zingy feeling of increased circulation first thing in the morning… total body exfoliation and invigoration… the softest skin ever… body bliss on a stick…

Not to mention the massive health benefits. (See below.)

So, actually, you won’t be late for work if you start this practice… you’ll be so high on life, you’ll be flyin’ to work.

Get what I’m saying?

No?

Look, it’s like flossing. It does take a bit more time, but if you do it, your teeth feel five million times cleaner, right?

Well, same thing with your bod’ if you take two minutes to dry brush, you’ll feel like a new person. Especially after you’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks.

Let’s get all physiological for a sec.

Our skin is our biggest organ. It’s the gateway between the external (environmental) and the internal world. Taking care of it is incredibly important, and yet, we tend to think it’s like a sort of outside container layer holding everything in instead of a living organism. In essence, it’s our outermost expression of our body chemistry.

Hmmm… let that thought sink in like lotion. Deep.

So, ready to take care of your skin? Here are the cerebral “gotta knows.”

Benefits of Dry Brushing

  • Stimulates your lymphatic system. Hello, detox! (FYI, your lymphatic system is responsible for getting rid of cellular waste.) It is also beneficial for your metabolism because your hormones, too, get stimulated. (We like that.)
  • Increases circulation. Très important.
  • Sloughs off dead skins so that your skin can breathe! Cleans out those pores!
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite. Dry brushing softens the hard fatty deposits just below the skin (responsible for cellulite), helping to distribute the fat more evenly, hence reducing the appearance of cellulite. Cool.
  • Stress Relief. It’s a sort of body massage after all. And if you’re mindful about it, it can totally be a stress-relief practice.
  • Improves digestion and kidney function. (Are you hearing this? How important and awesome is that?!)
  • Helps heal adrenals by regulating cortisol, and prepping the skin to receive more vitamin D from the sun. (Vitamin D is just… miraculous. We’ll talk more about that in another post.)
  • It’s energizing!
  • Total exfoliation… meaning dry brushing’s goin’ give ya baby smooth skin. We’re talking smooooooth.

So you see there’s a reason for every goal! Want to reduce cellulite? Dry brushing! Want to increase circulation, reduce stress, etc.? Dry brushing! Annoyed with the French bureaucracy? Dry brushing!

Heh heh. Okay, maybe not that last one, but at least it’ll calm you down enough to not mutter all your hard-earned snide remarks en français when calling the phone/gas/whatever company with the equivalent of an 800 number…

But I digress.

So…

How Do I Body Brush?

Now that you’re convinced of its virtues, you may still not be ready to jump on the body brushing bandwagon because maybe it remains sorta unknown territory. I mean, you’ve got teeth brushing down pat, but how do you brush your body exactly?

Let’s demystify. It’s about as easy as it sounds.

Here are some hints…

  • First off, find a natural bristle brush — with bristles that are firm, but not too hard. Almost any natural/organic grocery store should have them. Here’s what they look like. (Mine’s above in the photograph.) I recommend one with a long handle so that you can easily brush your back, etc. (In Paris I think Welcome Bio has them.)
  • Keep your brush in the bathroom and do your brushing before you hop in the shower. (Make sure the brush is dry.)
  • Start at the feet, and work your way upward.
  • Brush in circular motions with a bit of pressure, but not too much.
  • Brush toward the heart. (E.g. When you brush your neck — and do it gently — you’d brush downward.)
  • Use a delicious essential oil like rosemary oil (I put two drops) which makes the whole thing an über sensorial experience, not to mention essential oils are extremely beneficial for your lymphatic system.

It’s two minutes of total self-care. And you deserve that, dear Busy Bee.

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I see it this way… Dry brushing is like wearing lingerie. You’ll have more spring in your step throughout your day knowing you gave your body a scrub in the AM. No one has to know that you have the softest skin in town, just like no one has to know what kind of undies you’re sporting. You’ll know. And, foreseeably, your lover will know. And… that’s all that matters. 

To your imminent verve and vigor,

 

P.S. Still want more info? Check out this site. There are detailed graphs, etc.

{Re: The featured image — this post is not sponsored by Florame, this is just the Rosemary Oil I have/use. But, hey… Florame? I’m a fan. Maybe we could work something out? 😉 }

{Photo of me thinking about skin brushing styled by Michelle Pozon, photographed by Angela Newton Roy}

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4 thoughts on “The One Thing You’re Not Doing…

  1. Excellent post Ann! Just love your writing style. Ok, I am convinced. Going out to buy a brush this week!

    1. Ann says:

      Thanks so much, Dawn! 🙂 Let me know how it goes! I’m sure you’ll love it… Thanks again for visiting.

  2. Rebecca James says:

    Thanks, great article – I agree dry-brushing is great and it’s a such good way to help wake up your circulation!

    1. Ann says:

      Totally! We love it! Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca, and glad to hear that you’re on the dry brushing bandwagon. 🙂

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