What on earth is drying brushing? What on earth is oil pulling? Well, they are two very simple, natural and easy ways to keep your skin and oral hygiene healthy!
I have been dry brushing for nearly 4 years now and I love it, swear by it and totally recommend it. It is known to be one of the best ways to reduce (and banish, in my case) cellulite by way of cell renewal. It’s also known to detoxify the body by way of massaging the lymph nodes through the skin, while making your skin softer and even. And it aids digestion! I do it in the morning before I go surfing or before I shower! Huffington Post explains the steps here:
The method itself is incredibly easy and only takes minutes, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind, including the type of brush and the direction you move it. Below, four things you need to know about dry skin brushing:
How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.
Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.
Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary. ~Can be found at any health food store, such as Whole Foods or Down to Earth (if you live in Hawaii!).
Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.
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Now, as for oil pulling, this is new for me! I just started doing it this week. So I can’t vouch for it from a personal experience yet, but so far I’m satisfied and I have a lot of confidence in it! I use coconut oil (yum!), while others use sesame oil. The Wellness Mama explains:
Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!
The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time (5-15 minutes) each day (in the morning before eating; then brush your teeth after!) and that this action helps improve oral health. Just as with oil cleansing for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” applies, as oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.