Dry Skin Brushing

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects the body, helps regulate body temperature, and eliminates wastes. Dry brushing is a natural way to support this organ detox.

How does Dry Skin Brushing work?

  • Dry brushing exfoliates and removes dead skin cells that may be clogging pores on your skins surface.
  • It also stimulates your circulation and brings blood to the surface. This has many benefits, one of which is supporting the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system and helps fight infections.
  • By increasing circulation and helping to remove toxic materials, dry brushing may also help reduce cellulite.
  • Lastly, dry brushing can bring your attention to individual body parts and serve as a preventative check-in.

How do I do it?

  • Obtain a natural bristle brush. It should preferably have a long handle for help with hard to reach areas of your body.
  • Brush your skin with the dry brush standing in your bath area. Note: skin may flake off and fall in the area.
  • Start at your feat and move upwards. Make sure you always brush towards your heart. If you are brushing the head and neck area, brush downwards, and if you are brushing the legs and torso, brush upwards.
  • After you are complete with brushing, continue with your shower or bath. Once complete, pat yourself dry and moisturize with a natural oil like coconut oil. 

Any precautions?

  • Start gently and be careful over sensitive areas like the breasts. Overtime you may be able to tolerate more brushing.
  • Do not dry bush your scalp, face, eyes, genital areas, open wounds, eczema, sores or areas of weakened skin.
  • Dry brushing should be avoided if you have dry skin with scaling, itching or cracking.
  • Remember to wash your dry brush with soap and water once a week to keep it clean from collecting dead skin cells.
  • Dry skin brushing is only intended for adults. Do not dry skin brush children or infants. 

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Shreya Soni ND

Shreya Soni ND

Dr. Soni is a naturopathic doctor practicing in San Jose, CA. She is an expert at investigating underlying causes of complex health issues with a major emphasis on endometriosis. Her training includes naturopathic medical residency from the University of California Irvine, doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.

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