Two of my favorite things to do as a part of my self care routine is dry brushing my skin and soaking in epsom salts. With everyone trying to detox this time of year, both of these can be an important part of your routine. Our skin is the largest elimination organ and will be the first place to show signs of imbalance or toxicity is in your body. External pollution and dead skin cells can build up and clog pores which can prevent your skin from effectively releasing the toxins. If the toxins can’t be released through the skin, they can be stored as fat or they are entered back into our blood supply.
I was first introduced to dry brushing at a spa 10 years ago on a trip. I loved it and thought I would do it every day but of course I didn’t stick to the routine once I got back home. At another spa a few years ago, the massage therapist dry brushed me before my treatment and gave me the brush and again told me all of the great benefits. I once again didn’t stick to it when I got home. Now that I started school, the topic came up again about the importance of dry brushing and I decided it is time to make it part of my daily routine. It feels great and doesn’t take too much time at all. Dry brushing not only makes your skin look and feel great, but it provides you with a number of health benefits.
*It can reduce cellulite-this will take dedication and time to see results so hang in there.
*It stimulates blood and lymphatic flow
*great exfoliation for the skin by reducing dead skin cells
*It helps your skin absorb nutrients
*Rejuvenates the nervous system
*It excellerates toxin elimination
*promotes tighter skin
Buy a long handle natural bristle brush. Mine detaches from the handle for easier use and the handle comes in handy for my back.
You always want to dry brush your skin while it is dry. Before your shower or bath works great. Make sure you keep your brush dry as well.
Always start at your feet and brush towards your heart. Work on areas with cellulite a little longer.
At the spa I was at this week she told me to do long strokes on the long bones and gentle circular motion at the joints. She also said that it made such a huge impact on tightening her skin on her stomach after having her baby.
On the tummy do a sunshine radiating out motion or follow your digestive track.
Be gentle on sensitive areas and avoid any area with a rash or broken skin.
Try to spend 5-10 minutes every day dry brushing or even twice a day if you can and see how you feel. Make it a habit. It is so important to nurture your body.
I like to follow up my dry brushing with a soak in epsom salts.
Epsom Salt Bath
Soaking in an epsom salt bath feels great and has many benefits as well. It is an easy way to increase the body’s magnesium because it is readily absorbed through the skin. Magnesium plays an important role in our body like muscle control, energy production, and elimination of harmful toxins. Epsoms salts can also help soften your skin. It also is very helpful and soothing to sore muscles, aches, and pains.
~add 2 cups of epsom salt to your warm bath (I love the Dr. Teals Lavender at night and Relax and Relief for when I am not feeling well or really sore)
~do not add soap to get all of the benefits
~soak for 15 to 20 minutes
~aim for 2 to 3 epsoms baths a week if you can
I know everyone always says they are too busy to take baths and have no time for themselves. It is so important to take care of you or the you you are giving to everyone is not healthy and happy. You are worth it and everything you need to do or get done will be there when you are done.
*A note of caution, Do not take an epsom salt bath if you are pregnant, have diabetes, have high blood pressure, or have a heart or kidney condition. This information is for general references only. Always speak to your doctor before starting any new diet or treatment.