When I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter and feeling heavy and fatigued, my acupuncturist recommended skin brushing, or “dry brushing” to help clear the lymphatic system – a complex network of tissues and organs that eliminates toxins from the body. People all around the world, as far back as ancient Greek times have engaged in dry brushing. It is a common ritual practiced by women in Japan, South Korea, and Eastern European and Scandinavian countries – all of which are renowned for their clear luminous skin. Drop by any Korean spa in Los Angeles, and you will find countless women meticulously scrubbing away every inch of their bodies.
Here are just a few of the known benefits of dry brushing
- Helps the lymphatic system eliminate toxins and other wastes from the body
- Increases energy and blood flow by increasing circulation
- Exfoliates dead skin cells and prevents cellulite
- Aids in the regeneration of collagen
Dry brushing should be practiced before a shower or bath. To engage in this ritual, simply brush the skin on the body (not face) in long gentle strokes in the direction of the heart. My personal favorite brush is the Merben Sisal Body Brush, but there are countless other natural options to explore. After brushing, rinse in the shower or bath. I like to enhance the exfoliation process by using an OSEA body scrub such as Salts of the Earth Body Scrub, replete with nourishing organic botanical and essential oils. Following the bath, replenish your skin’s moisture with a natural body oil or lotion. I alternate between OSEA’s Undaria Algae Oil and Ocean Lotion. For those of you with extremely sensitive skin, you might find that dry brushing with a little of OSEA’s Undaria Algae Oil slathered on first helps prevent any possible irritation that may occur.
I have been dry brushing in conjunction with OSEA products for over two years now, and have truly noticed increased energy and smoother skin. Perhaps as a result, I did not end up with many stretch marks, despite the 40 pounds I gained during pregnancy. The few stretch marks I did have, quickly faded in the post-partum period thanks to my daily OSEA and dry brushing, exfoliation and moisturizing ritual. Skin is the largest organ of the body. Isn’t it time we gave it the attention it deserves? Happy brushing!
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