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Top 3 Reasons to Consider Drybrushing

27
Apr

Top Three Reasons you Should Drybrush

The amount of drugs I have consumed since the accident is ridiculous. To say I’m not grateful for their effects would be completely untrue, but now, as I’m recovering…the holistic hippie in me shudders at the amount of drug toxins in me.

Besides the amount of assorted drugs I was prescribed for two weeks in hospital, I had to take narcotics galore afterwards. Not only that, but I took up to 8 extra-strength Tylenol daily to cope with the pain. I weaned myself off of them as soon as I felt able

However, part of my healing journey involves being as holistic as possible with recovery. I’ve been doing lots of things (you can read about them here) including changes in my diet and some “detoxing” practices.

I recently just started doing some research about drybrushing. I’ve had one for a while and I was mostly using it as way to exfoliate and keep my skin smooth, but the more I’ve been reading…the more impressed I am to use it for health reasons.

Why You Should Drybrush (Large)

Here are some things I’ve learned about drybrushing:

1. It detoxes and cleans the lymphatic system – Lymph is an enormous part of the immune system (we have more lymph than blood!). Lymph is full of lymphocytes (i.e. white blood cells) and interstitial fluid. These are the two elements that carry out waste and bring nutrition to the body. This is where the detoxification process FIRST takes place. When we drybrush we’re actually helping the lymph move and speeding up the process.

2. It allows your skin to breathe – the act of drybrushing literally opens your pores by the act of unblocking them. Honestly, it’s the most amazing thing – the more you do it, the more silky smooth and tight your skin gets! Nothing works better than shedding those dead skin cells! A lot of people say that it greatly reduces cellulite! As you get rid of dead skin cells, the new layer of skin underneath begins to surface. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, with that in mind a few minutes of a day can be spared.

3. It increases your circulation – this, in turn, encourages your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes and any other un-removed waste excreted (like when we sweat). Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed, which you can literally feel when you brush. For a lot of people, it’s an energizing morning ritual.

I used to be very dedicated with drybrushing, but I completely forgot about it (gasp)! So now, I’ve started again…

My Favourite Drybrush (Large)

This is the brush I use and highly recommend. It can be just a hand-held brush or you can slide the handle back in and use it for the hard to reach places like your back.

There is a bit of a science in the direction and order you brush, so check out How to Drybrush at MindBodyGreen.

Here’s to a healthy lymph and smooth skin!

Have you tried drybrushing? Any tips to share?

2 comments » | Healthy Living, Natural Body Care

Natural Lip Treatment

27
Jul

So you know those people who are always smearing lip balm on – like ALL the time, whether they just did it or not. Well, that’s kind of me. I have a pet peeve of dry Continue reading »

9 comments » | Natural Body Care, Reviews

Why You Should Use Natural Makeup (review)

22
Jun

Feature 01

Lately I’ve been discovering a lot about conventional makeup products. It’s crazy to look at the list of unpronounceable ingredients and then realize that all of that is going into your skin. Our skin is like a giant sponge; whatever is put on top will eventually sink in through our pores. It also blocks the pores so they can’t breathe or function normally. Conventional makeup looks beautiful on the outside, but really it’s just stacks of toxic chemicals. Continue reading »

17 comments » | Natural Body Care, Reviews

Ways to Show Your Hair Some Love

15
Jun

Natural Hair Care 01

I have super straight, long hair. It gets super dry in the summer because I’m outside in the sunshine so much. It’s a common fact that long hair needs extra care and sometimes mine seems to need intensive treatment. Continue reading »

8 comments » | Natural Body Care

Natural Self Tanner Giveaway (closed)

2
Jun

Self Tanner 03

Update: Priscilla is the winner! Congrats girl!

Yesterday I did a review on Love True Natural’s all natural self tanner and today…. Continue reading »

77 comments » | Giveaway, Natural Body Care

To Tan or Not to Tan

1
Jun

Sunshine 01

A couple weeks ago LoveTrueNatural sent me some all natural self-tanning products to try out. Honestly, I was a little nervous about it.

The first time I used self-tanner (almost 10 years ago) was a disaster. I was a teenager and I found some leftover tan towlettes in the bathroom. There was a family Christmas party that night and I thought it’d be fun to try. Stupid. Continue reading »

11 comments » | Natural Body Care, Reviews

My Favourite Natural Lotion

5
Apr

*Giveaway is closed*

Today has been a loooong day. This is why this post is not exactly an early morning post like I usually do.

I really needed this… Continue reading »

95 comments » | Natural Body Care, Reviews, Vegan

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