Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dry Skin Brushing

Since I started this weight loss/healthy lifestyle change I've not only deleted a few really bad habits from my daily regimen, I've added a few as well, such as:
  • running
  • oil pulling
  • gluten free eating
  • sugar free eating
  • dry skin brushing
  • coconut oil for nearly everything
  • green smoothies all day long
 If I absolutely HAD to give up all but one thing--and this would be a very difficult choice---I believe I would have to continue dry skin brushing.

I first heard about dry skin brushing at Divine Health. It was just after her oil pulling (I'll cover this on 'O' day) challenge that she talked about dry skin brushing. So I tried it.

I think I am addicted to it. I love it.

It only took three days for this to happen. My skin was not nearly as dry as it had been, my energy level went through the roof as did my good mood!

By the 19th day my feet were dramatically different. Living in the low-country of SC, there's rarely a need for shoes other than flip-flops. Which is great except that I think this contributed greatly to my feet being a total mess. Especially my heels. Seriously. I could have been in that Heeltastic (which I tried, by the way, and it did NOTHING) commercial and not needed anything to make my feet look that bad.

Nineteen days after beginning dry skin brushing, my feet were just as soft as they could be. They still are. No a single bit of dry, cracked skin to be found. As a matter of fact, any dry, scaly spots anywhere on my body have disappeared! Gone!

Even my face apparently. Now, some information tells you not to brush your face and others say it's ok just be gentle. I went with the ones that said it was ok. By day day 10 DoodleBug (who knew nothing about dry skin brushing at that time) said, "Mom! You look so young? What are you doing?!" Younger looking and smoother skin, feeling energized and healthier? YES PLEASE!

I no longer use lotions. If there is an occasion that I feel I need moisturizer, I use coconut oil.

I look forward to dry skin brushing every single day. It's such a pleasure.

There are some things that are important to know about dry skin brushing such as the type of brush to use, how/when to dry skin brush for the best benefits, etc. 

My suggestion, if you're interested in trying any new practice, is to RESEARCH. ReadReadRead! Then, make you own decision.

Here are several places I started reading about dry skin brushing.

Divine Health
Whole Body Detox
Natural News
The Raw Foods Witch

This is the fourth day of the A-Z April Challenge. I thought I might try a theme this year and focus on my personal journey to health and fitness, including weight loss.


Today's letter is D and my word for the day is Dry Skin Brushing.

18 comments:

  1. great post for a D
    do check out my D at GAC a-z

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  2. wow, never heard of this before.

    will check it out!

    best,
    MOV

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  3. If this had been posted on April 1, I would be sure it was an April Fool's joke. I've never heard of dry skin brushing! I'll have to look into this.

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  4. I´ve never heard of this before, but you sure made me curious now. Will be checking out those links.
    I love reading how great you are feeling!

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  5. Never heard of this. I'm going to check it out because who doesn't need more energy?!

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  6. I do this too, and it's great! really detoxes and great for circulation! I agree re research, and type of brush (natural bristle) is important.
    I combine it with Epsom Salt baths, and essential oils (aromatherapy) and it is THE best way to detox without any fad diets.
    Well done again on your healthy regime, you rock!

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  7. I've never heard of this before. I sounds refreshing. I'm visiting on the A to Z Challenge.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

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  8. Never hear of it but my feet are SO interested in it,especially my heels :)

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  9. Yes Pam, dry skin brushing is a big thing over here. I think you have to be careful to always brush upwards towards the heart, or that's what I've read anyway. Blimey, I think we'll all be rushing out to buy the special brush now that you said your daughter told you how young you were looking!! Hee Hee! Perhaps it could knock 25 years off me!

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  10. Another new-to-me idea. Am I living under a rock or what? I am going off to research right now. It sounds as heavenly as a head massage - my current favorite relaxer.

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  11. ummm, never heard of it except on the heels to get rid of dry skin...vry interesting and I'll have to check out the sites you mentioned...So proud of your lifestyle changes!

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  12. PU-Thanks!

    MOV-It’s awesome! I don’t miss a day!

    Judy-After I dry skin brush I take a hot shower with your soap! It’s lovely! LOL on the April Fool’s joke!

    Betty- It’s is the most wonderful new thing I’ve tried yet!

    Joyce- Check it out! Hubs gets more from the oil pulling but I get most from this!

    Mimi-It’s the best thing I’ve done for myself in YEARS! I have two brushes! The first one, I went soft. Soon, I needed a firmer one! And they’re not expensive which is quite helpful!

    Kathy- I loveitloveitloveit! Really!

    jen-I wish I had taken pictures of my heels before and after. Probably nobody would believe me anyway. LOL

    Diane- Yes, towards the heart is what I read too. I start with the feet, then to the arms, etc. When she made that statement, she didn’t even want anything! LOL

    Stephanie- I don’t think you’re living under a rock at all! You do tons of healthy things! Let me know what you think about it.

    Tracy- Definitely check it out. The sites I found were great and I’m sure there are plenty of others out there too!

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  13. I might just give it a try!....:)JP

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  14. I have never ever heard of this but I am certainly going to check it out!

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  15. Interesting -- think I better check it out.

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  16. Very cool Pam -- I just read sue of your links and ordered a brush. I'll let you know how it goes!
    :)

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  17. hmmmm...I used to do this then got 'bored' with it ;)
    Can't say i was consistrnt enough to notice the changes you have. I'm gonna have to get that brush out and get going again!

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  18. I've been Dry Skin Brushing since July 2011 and I am sold on it too! I have some blog posts about my experience with Dry Skin Brushing at www.fitinfun.com if you are interested. I also stopped using lotion other than Coconut Oil. Such a coincidence!

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