Have you tried DRY skin brushing? Right before your shower or bath, with a vegetable (not synthetic) brush, preferably with a long handle, so you can reach all the way up your back. It's the new thing! I've been doing this for a couple of weeks now and I can't tell you how wonderful I feel. My skin is of course much softer, but this goes beyond what we can see with our eyes or feel with our hands.
The skin is our largest organ, where a lot of elimination takes place. Ideally we sweat out toxins, but many of us don't sweat, especially as we get older and don't exercise vigorously.
Dry brushing your skin once or twice a day for several minutes each time will increase lymph flow as well as bring the dead skin to the surface. What else can it do?
- Improve skin texture and cell renewal
- Increases circulation to the skin, encouraging metabolic waste to be discharged
- Helps tighten skin because it increase the blood flow
- Stimulate the lymph canals to drain toxic matter into the colon, purifying the entire system
- Helps with muscle tone and distribution of fat deposits
Use a natural bristle brush, and follow the lymph flow, so you can help the lymph along. Your body should be naked, you really want the contact of the skin with the brush, and the friction that it creates. Use long sweeping strokes, starting from the bottom of the feet upwards, from hands towards shoulders, brushing towards the heart. Ideally you rinse off after brushing, and then use an oil for your skin such as plain coconut oil mixed with essential oils, preferably from doTerra as they are the purest I have ever found.
It's not a luxury, it's a necessity, like brushing your teeth. You brush your teeth, you brush your skin, and then get in the shower. I love to do it at nights before going to bed, and using a calming, soothing essential oil afterward....relaxing and soothing to the whole system.