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Dry Skin Brushing
The benefits might seem to good to be true, yet many people are unaware of what dry skin brushing can do, not only your body, but your mind and spirits too!
Our body's circulatory system is stimulated, skin is detoxified and emotional congestion can be improved by a gentle 10-20 minute session with a wood (not plastic or synthetic), long handled, natural bristle brush.
The brush should pass over every part of the body, always toward the heart. Use long strokes, no scrubbing. The proper direction of skin brushing, as well as the light pressure, are essential to effective lymph flow.
If you get swelling in groin or throat, you may be using too much pressure - another marker would be if the skin turns red, then you are using too much pressure.
All strokes should be positioned to move blood towards the heart. That means depending on where you are brushing, it could be upward strokes, or downward strokes.
Brush up the arms, including palms, toward the shoulders. Brush up the back toward the shoulders. Brush down the neck toward the shoulders. Brush up the chest, starting around the belly button, up the center of the chest and up and around the breast and up under the arms.
Then brush up the legs starting with the soles of the feet, then up the lower leg to knee, then upper leg to groin and groin to belly button. This is the direction lymph flows in the body. A complete skin brushing takes no more than five minutes.
The skin is the largest eliminative organ in the body. Along with the lungs and kidneys, it is responsible for one quarter of the body's detoxification each day. The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids via the skin's sweat glands. (just one reason to drink more water!)
A few of the benefits of dry skin brushing:
Detoxifies the skin
Stimulates blood flow
Cleanses lymphatic system
Removes dead, dull skin cells on the surface of the skin
Stimulates and strengthens the immune system
Stimulates hormonal and oil producing glands
Relaxes the nervous system
Skin becomes softer and smoother
Skin brushing is like a gymnastic workout for the circulatory system and skin
Monday January 17 2011
I've been doing this every morning for the past two months and I can say that I look forward to it before my a.m. shower. It really does wake me up, feels amazing and has helped with cellulite and circulation in my legs. I usually do it for less than 5 minutes, but a longer session once a week would be great. Love the body maps and thanks for the detailed explanation!
Wednesday January 19 2011 07:11 PM PST
When using Rosehip oil to lighten age spots is it only effective if used pure or can it be blended with the other carrier oils and what is a good percentage if blended with otheroils?
Saturday January 22 2011 11:27 AM PST
It's been my experience that at 100% concentration, rosehip seed oil appears to offer very targeted therapy for all the purported benefits that topical applications of it can provide: anti-aging, improved tone, scar reduction, anti-inflammation, and decrease of hyper-pigmention. I suggest using 2-3 pumps twice a day of our RoseHip Treatment Serum (100% certified organic rosehip seed oil).
I have not had direct experience, nor have I seen as remarkable a result for this issue in particular when using a blend. That said, I certainly would not discount the possibility of improvement and benefits, it would depend more on the therapeutic + synergistic values of other carrier oils in the blend.
Sunday January 23 2011 12:57 PM PST
Hi Evan! Loved this post, thank you for the details. After my first dry brush experience I felt much more energized and positive, not to mention my skin felt great. How often should this be done? I love the way it makes me feel, would every other day be too often?
Monday January 24 2011 08:15 AM PST
No I don't think that is too often, in fact, daily seems to be the rule of thumb. If you have more delicate, sensitive skin you can still maintain benefits by brushing just a few times a week....It's really what feels right to you.
Monday January 24 2011 01:27 PM PST
I'm 24 and have been dealing with a recent increase in blemishes and had tried many things, but your blemish kit and tweaks to my diet is what is finally working for me. I'm very grateful, but now I have a question. I still have very many stubborn blackheads across the bridge of my nose and my chin. Do you have any products or methods that you would recommend for this? Feel free to just link me to an earlier post if you've answered this before and I missed it. Thank you! P.S. I'm looking forward to skin brushing!
Wednesday January 26 2011 11:58 AM PST
I read about dry skin brushing a few years ago in a spa book that I friend of mine had. I had forgotten about this technique and am glad you posted about it. It really is energizing!
I just got an order from you this week which included the Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf. I used it as a mask the other night and it left my skin so soft! The texture is amazing- very light and almost like frosting.
Is there any chance you will be able to put your tele-training series in a podcast so that those of us who can't call in when it's live can listen to it later?
Thursday January 27 2011 09:42 AM PST
Glad you like the Whipped Shea Butter, it is my favorite too!
Yes, we will post the tele-training series (so far we've only done one) on our website. It will be available asap, we will aim for posting it tomorrow (sunday jan 30)...All the series will be posted asap after the class.
THanks for your interest!
Saturday January 29 2011 02:23 PM PST
Thanks so much Evan! I'm really looking forward to listening to the series and learning more about skin care. Your tips are always so helpful.
Monday January 31 2011 07:54 AM PST
This is off-topic, so I apologize if this is not the place to ask this question!
I have VERY acne-and-blackhead-prone, but aging, skin. I LOVE the Tea Tree Gel and clay masks, but am looking for a moisturizer that doesn't contribute to breakouts or blocked pores. My skin is a combo of dry and oily (weird, huh?) and definitely needs more moisture than the average oil-free moisturizers on the market. Will the Light Moisture Replenishing Fluid or Pomegranate Serum fit the bill? I'm a little worried about trying them, given the oils in them. I tried the Rosehip Serum (Blue) and found my skin got clogged by it. I would appreciate any advice, as I am at my wit's end!
Thanks in advance!
Wednesday February 2 2011 11:17 AM PST
just wondering about the maltodextrin used in the sea algae serum; Isnt this a genetically modified filler? I trust you use the safest most effective ingredients and was just curious about this recently added ingredient.
Thursday February 3 2011 04:24 PM PST
Margo Lambooy said...
I have dry skin and a dry itchy scalp, made worse by our Canadian winters. Thanks to your products, my face is relatively under control. I have been trying to find a shampoo for my hair and scalp that is free of toxins. I had read that people have used your tea tree gel as shampoo. My question to you is, do you think that would be drying for my dry itchy scalp? Thanks for your beautiful products and your informative web site.
Friday February 4 2011 12:23 PM PST
I did brushing last night, and it hurt a little bit. Maybe my brush is too hard?
Also I'm having issues with 'bacne' since going off the pill and I just started using some of your oils on my back since they helped my face. I picked up the blemish kit today, just to try on my back (my face is generally blemish free). Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated.
Love your products!
Thursday February 10 2011 02:40 PM PST
We checked and have been assured by our supplier that this ingredient, which is actually a dried honey, is non gmo.
That said... (this comment is a PS to my original comment): We played around with removing this ingredient and happily discovered that it had no effect whatsoever on the quality, activity or feeling of our SAS! Our subsequent batches and labels (which we will need to reprint) will reflect the fact that we have taken out this ingredient.
And thank you for your feedback!
Thursday February 10 2011 05:39 PM PST
Thank you for your kind words!
I don't think the Tea Tree would contribute to drier scalp primarily b/c it is a non-detergent base, made from coco-protein. It's pH balanced to face + scalp, so its action is gentle, I have used it myself and find it works very well!
But everyone's situation is unique, give it a try and see what you think. Many customers have written in to tell me they use it as a shampoo and it seems to be pretty universally successful. And the essential oils are not in high enough concentrations to be drying either.....cheers, Evan
Thursday February 10 2011 05:42 PM PST
Yes - many people make the mistake of scrubbing hard for a variety or reasons, primarily that they equate a harder scrub with more benefits, as in "the harder I scrub the more i will scrub off acne"! And actually the exact opposite is true - the harder you scrub the more you will irritate your skin, creating irritation and possible secondary infection.....so, less is more. Be gentle, but do it consistently.
The Tea Tree applied to the back as a cleanser is ideally suited to deep pore cleanse and disinfect bacteria. If you can reach to use a wash cloth, this is the best way to do it. Or designate a new long-handled brush, a separate one from what you are using to DRY brush with, as one you can get wet. I hope this helps.....cheers, Evan
Thursday February 10 2011 05:49 PM PST
This post brings up a question I have been pondering lately:
What is the difference between the skin of our faces and the skin of the rest of our bodies? Furthermore, what is the justification for treating different areas of our skin differently?
If you don't mind, I'd like to give you a little background to the question. I have severely congested skin on my face - blackheads and little bumps everywhere, but most severely around the edges of my face (where a beard would be on a guy) and my forehead. I generally don't have inflamed blemishes, unless I contribute to them myself by trying to extract clogged pores. Interestingly, though, the rest of my skin on my body is fairly normal and balanced (I have some congested skin across my upper back, but it's not inflamed, so it's hardly visible). If you look at me from the side, my neck looks calm, smooth, and a normal color for me, but once my face starts, my skin changes dramatically and visibly. It is red now, and like I said, congested. I used to just have red cheeks (I'm fair-skinned Irish and a redhead, 25), but the rest of my face is pretty red now too - the remnants of my frustrated attempts at self-extractions (a very, very bad habit, I know!).
This condition has persisted through countless changes of products (over the years - I gave each product a fair few-month shot), detergents, climates, and now, diets. I eliminated dairy from my diet last October, and while it made me feel much better on the whole, I still have some digestive issues. I'm surprised at how often I just don't feel well after eating - it seems that I don't digest much of anything all that easily.
Which, perhaps, brings up another question: Can digestive issues create skin that is so very congested? If you eliminate something from your diet that you are intolerant of, how long does it take for your skin to start to react to that change?
I'm hoping to make an appointment with a doctor soon to see if I have food intolerances, but in the interim, would you suggest anything?
I also just bought the trial pack of your blemish line. However, I'm not sure if that line or the Blue line would be better for my condition (as I'm not sure if it's really acne or just a result of digestive issues). It should arrive today, and I'm very much looking forward to using it. I've been using your Green Tea Clay already. I am also using just argan oil as a moisturizer and gentle, all-natural washes (I've been switching around a bit- I tried an argan oil-based wash, also just honey, and a coconut oil-based organic baby wash).
I know this is a long post, and it's mostly on topic. I would so appreciate any input you could offer. Thank you so much!
Thursday February 17 2011 08:51 AM PST
The selection of products I recommend include in my Blue Line and/or the Blemish Line will be a good place for you to start. The Blemish Treatment Roll-On (small, spot area application) and Clay MASK especially will be your best friends. All HOW-TO info is on the box, or on our website….At your age hormones are still fluctuating. Maintain as much balance as possible – and stress is a key contributor to imbalance in digestion AND hormones.
Answers to your questions:
The skin of your face contains most of your mucous membrane openings. It has a high concentration of lymph nodes and oil-producing sebaceous glands. The terrain is complicated by tight anatomy, i.e., the area of nose, cheek, eye, and mouth - all in a small compact area. A rich vascular network of tiny capillaries feeds it.
Compare and contrast all this activity with the skin on your thigh, for instance. Not much is going on in comparison. There’s your justification.
What you describe as the contrast between the skin on your face and the skin on the rest of your body is, in my experience, quite common.
For instance, “bacne” (acne on the upper back) can be caused simply by touching the face, and then scratching the back. I was actually witness to this phenomenon while I was in ‘skin’ school. The woman who sat in from of me at the beginning of the semester didn’t have acne on her back but she did have acne pimples on her face. As the weeks progressed I would watch her go between touching her face, and scratching her upper back. By the end of two months she had a fairly impressive case of acne on her back, when she started she virtually had none. This makes the case for not touching one’s face if infection is present, this includes colds, flu and virus, etc.
While what’s happening on your face, vs. the rest of your body may seem puzzling, for the reasons stated above, it is actually quite common. The skin, with its thousands of tiny pores, participates with your body's digestive system by releasing metabolic impurities through the pores.
“Which, perhaps, brings up another question: Can digestive issues create skin that is so very congested?”
YES. In fact, improper digestion is most likely the #1 culprit of most skin impurities and acne. And treating acne skin with cosmeceuticals or pharmaceuticals, or lines like Proactiv, only drives the disease process deeper into the body.
Efficient digestion is essential for healthy skin. You simply cannot have healthy skin and have weak digestion, unless you are treating your skin with poisonous pharmaceuticals or toxic cosmeceuticals which bypass and short circuit all the body’s alarm systems.
Dietary changes and restrictions are often helpful; eliminating sugar is always a good idea. But your digestion-assimilation-elimination are central to healthy skin. The skin (along with the lungs and kidneys) participates with your other organs of digestion by releasing impurities through tiny dermal pores. If the food isn’t being fully digested in the gut, the metabolic toxins have a harder time breaking down and being released. The skin is a key player in this process. The skin is also your external nervous system, an organ of communication and immunity. It is quite literally your body's suit of armor.
I recommend that you might want to work with your heath care provider or a nutritionist. Get blood tests and find out what’s going on, i.e., white blood cell count, are you fighting a low-grade infection? This can put quite a lot of added stress on the body…..
Shooting the Messenger:
If you only target treating the skin, and don’t address digestion, hormonal balance and stress levels - you’re only shooting the messenger. For instance, reddened, inflamed skin can be a symptom of systemic inflammation in the body, and autoimmune diseases are often diagnosed by skin symptoms.
Dry, scaly, bumpy skin on the back of the arms is another example, this is a marker of a VIT A deficiency. The skin is so interactive and complex. It is constantly communicating to us. Hope this perspective helps.
Friday February 18 2011 09:53 AM PST
Thank you so much for your thorough feedback! It is so helpful. It is just wonderful that I can communicate with the person who makes the products I'm buying. What a concept!
So far, I'm really loving the products in the blemish kit. I'll keep using them and perhaps once I sort out my other health issues, I'll be on my way to healthy skin!
Monday February 21 2011 08:51 PM PST
I have just started using your products for less than a month now and I can not thank you enough for what they have done to my skin. I had acne everywhere and have tried everything completly unscessful. The first product I tried was the tea tree cleanser and it cleared out my skin immediatly. I have since bought your entire blemish kit and my skin gets better every day. I can not thank you enough for helping me get my skin back to normal. Please keep up the good work and know that your product are the best that's out there and I'll forever recomand them to anyone I know Thank you a million
Monday February 28 2011 05:55 PM PST
Ansa....I am so pleased to hear this. We really appreciate and thank you - for taking the time to post your success story!
Tuesday March 1 2011 09:45 AM PST
I love your products and the advise you offer. I was reading through your blogs and didn't see anything about microdermabrasion (non home-based systems). Can you offer your opinion on this procedure?
Thursday March 10 2011 10:09 AM PST
Thank you for your kind words!
I do mention microdermabrasion and my comments are usually sprinkled throughout the blog, but I do totally understand it is almost *impossible* to read ALL the info, it'd be like searching for a needle in a haystack! We do have plans to organize the blog more effectively to find info like that, so we thank you for your patience!
IN the meantime, in answer to your question, in general, I'm not a fan of micro-dermabrasions procedures. Overall, I feel that they are too invasive and intense and ultimately the problem is not solved permanently. Women (and men) rely on them when all else seems to fail in the wrinkle control area. For more serious acne scarring removal, I am more forgiving, and can see that they can help to plane the face, creating a more softer, uniform skin surface.
So you could say that I don't like the 'recreational' (home) microdermabrasion treatments as they encourage the over use of this philosophy, "just grind the layers off your skin!" - I exaggerate to make a point....
But I do see their effectiveness if you are treating acne scars and more serious facial issues.
Hope this helps.....thank you for your support!
Saturday March 12 2011 08:07 AM PST