Photographer Brian Sassmann, Model Kristen Gebert.
Among long-lived individuals whose lifestyles reflect an understanding of the laws of nature, skin brushing is almost invariably a primary aspect of their formula for longevity. F.O. Havens, in his 1896 publication- The Possibility of Living 200 Years- describes three centenarians' regimens as follows: "The first, for the last 40 years of his life used skin brushes vigorously applied. The second, Old Gabriel (who died March 16, 1890 at an authenticated age exceeding 120 years), induced perspiration by heated smoke and vapor while scraping his body with sticks. The third, now in his 100th year, has for the past 60 years followed this unvarying habit: Before retiring he has used a towel dipped in water at the temperature of the room, then drying by vigorous rubbing.
Dry skin brushing
tones the skin,
and aids in relieving
Our skin is the largest elimination organ, which is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney” (the second being our lungs). In fact, up to a third of all body impurities are excreted through the skin. It releases a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity. If your skin cannot efficiently release toxins, you may experience rashes, acne, hives, itchiness, body odor, or even eczema and psoriasis.
Daily dry friction brushing is far more cleansing and eliminates more waste material than any soap could. Dry skin brushing tones the skin, improves circulation, and aids in relieving skin conditions while not robbing it of its natural oils.
How dry skin brushing will benefit you
- Regulate and increase blood circulation and lymph flow.
- Revitalize and increase your skins ability to eliminate toxins out of the system.
- Rejuvenate the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
- Contribute to healthier muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits (with continued use, it can break down cellulite).
- Gently remove dead layers of skin and other impurities (keeps pores open).
- Stimulate the hormone and oil producing glands responsible for keeping your skin looking and feeling young, smooth and strong.
How to choose your brush
Choose a dry skin brush that has natural fiber bristles and a long handle for reaching all of your back. The bristles may feel too firm at first, but your skin will adjust to this over time. If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start with a softer brush or a dry towel. You can always brush while standing under the shower, its a softer scrub but efficient none the less. The most popular brush at currently is the Japanese style sisal fiber brush that has a soft bristle. It can be found on Esty, Amazon, Anthropologie and many online stores.
How to “dry skin brush”
Dry skin brushing means brushing the skin without the use of water or soaps. Use a separate brush for face and body. With the face, start by brushing the forehead and work down over the eyes, along the nose, cheeks, chin, ears and finally neck, using a firm, brisk rotary motion. Your face is usually too sensitive to use a dry brush, use can use a soft brush or cloth. When dry brushing the body, brush the limbs with an upward movement. Every brush motion should be directed towards the heart. Start by brushing skin gently until it becomes conditioned. Avoid brushing the breasts entirely. Avoid brushing the parts of your body that are irritated, damaged or infected. The scalp should also be brushed. It can stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation and will keep the scalp clean from dandruff and stale oils.
Cleaning your brush
Wash your dry skin brush with non-toxic soap approximately every two weeks. Dry it in the sun or a warm place.
Consistency is key
Dry skin brushing stimulates and invigorates the whole body. If done consistently (3-5 minutes morning and night), it will drastically improve the look of your skin and overall feeling of well-being.