Skin Brushing

There are lots of new things that I’ve learned from the raw food community. Skin brushing is one of them. Though it has nothing to do with diet, it can be part of your lifestyle.

I have a couple of different types of skin brushes, plus a couple more for my face and neck. The one I prefer is this one. The other one is like this. I haven’t found pictures of the ones for the face. I’ll take some pictures later and post them if I can’t locate them online.

Skin brushing is very invigorating and makes the skin soft and smooth. Another thing I’m hoping to do is make my skin less prone to being fragile. I know people who can get skin tears from turning over in bed. I’m sure that’s a side effect of medications coupled with aging. I can control my medication intake but I can’t avoid getting older.

DRY BRUSHING TECHNIQUE by Teresa Tapp (posted on the forum by Shari)

This may be done at any time of the day; however it is recommended for maximum benefit to be done in the morning. Use a natural bristle brush or “spa gloves” from a bed and bath store. Maximum benefit is achieved doing this just before stepping into the shower, but may be done while in the shower.

  • Begin by brushing on palm of hand (right or left) from fingertips to wrist, 4 to 8 times. Repeat on back of hand in same direction, 4 to 8 times.
  • Continue brushing upward from wrist to elbow, front and back, 4 to 8 times.
    Brush upward elbow to shoulder, front and back 4 to 8 times.
  • Brush down through armpit, 4 times, and then across armpit to center of body, 4 times.
  • Lower the arm and brush from shoulder joint to center of body (above bust), 4 to 8 times.
  • Brush under bust from side to center of body (sternum) in one semi-circular stroke, 4 to 8 times.
  • For additional benefit, brush above bust in upward strokes toward neck.
    Repeat same sequence on opposite arm.
  • Brush waistline with upward strokes, front and back.
  • Begin legs by brushing the bottom of the foot from toes to heel, 4 to 8 times. Repeat on top of foot, toes to ankle, 4 to 8 times.
  • Brush from ankle to knee all around the leg, 4 to 8 times.
  • Brush from knee to hip all around the thigh, 4 to 8 times. (Meaning 4 to 8 times on the front of the thigh, 4 to 8 times on the inner thigh, 4 to 8 times on the outer thigh, and 4 to 8 times on the back of the thigh.)
  • Be certain to brush up the inner thigh and through the groin, 4 to 8 times.
  • Brush with upward strokes over entire buttock and upper hip area.
    Repeat same sequence on opposite leg.
  • Finish with upward strokes from abdomen to waistline, 4 to 8 times, and “hip pad” area, 4 to 8 times.
  • I finish up with a shower, rinsing off with cool water. After I’ve toweled off, I use a washcloth with cold pressed organic coconut oil to moisture my skin. It takes a little extra time to do all the steps but it’s worth it!