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Whole Living: Dry Brushing for Health and Beautiful Skin!
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Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

Dry Brushing for Good HealthOne of easiest and most enjoyable things you can do for your health and for healthier skin is dry brushing.  The really good news is that in addition to something you can easily do yourself it also costs next to nothing.  All you need is a good natural bristle brush, a natural bristle shower brush works very well and is inexpensive and about 10 minutes of your time.


Many Spas offer dry brushing and with good reason.  Dry brushing not only exfoliates and unclogs pores but it also stimulates your circulation and lymphatic system which in turn helps your body eliminate toxins that build up and it feels great!  Dry brushing your body will also give you the beautiful smooth skin you want this summer (and winter!), and some say will lessen cellulite and may even improve your digestion.  One thing is certain, it leaves you looking great and feeling energized and wonderful! Even my husband loves it because it feels wonderful.


How to dry brush properly

Don’t look for long complicated instructions: it’s not complicated!  Start at your feet and work upwards towards your heart using short, firm circular motions.  A brush with a handle is great because it will allow you to easily get your back.  When you’ve finished your legs and torso move to your arms starting with your hands and work towards your heart. You want to use a firm pressure but don’t scrub; this in no way should be painful and you don’t want to irritate your skin – just invigorate it.  Using firm but not hard pressure you will gently exfoliate and energize your skin, not damage it.   That’s it!  You will love the way this feels! 


When finished shower as usual and apply a natural oil of your choice or body lotion if you like afterwards!  I’ve done this in the morning, and also at night – and loved both times – though some say brushing at night may leave you so energized that you aren’t able to sleep.  I didn’t find that an issue, but everyone is different.  You can do this daily, even twice daily if you want – and given how lovely you feel afterwards you will definitely look forward to doing it daily!


 Some important things to note: don’t brush sensitive or tender areas your body – some say don’t brush breasts for example, and only brush your face with a brush designed for this, these have more delicate bristles.  The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive.  Also important if you have varicose veins don’t brush them directly as this can irritate and potentially damage them, instead brush gently around the area rather than right on them.  


Try dry brushing today – you will quickly enjoy the benefits and love it!


Here's To Our Health!

Shirley Makela, AADP INHC


Alki Organix

Truly Natural Skin Care in Partnership with Nature





Alki Organix: Truly Natural Skin Care in Partnership with Nature  - Skin care based on organic and wildcrafted cold or expeller pressed oils and whole natural ingredients and featuring incredibly effective skincare with Certified Bio-Active Manuka Honey.  Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize with best selling Alki Organix Manuka Honey Facials in orginal, Honey & Rose and Honey & Avocado.  Have beautiful skin with Manuka Honey and its unique properties making it an amazing superfood for skin. Artisan crafted in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Washington state by Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Shirley Makela, Alki Organix is dedicated to providing the most effective, natural skin care possible 100% free of chemicals and preservatives. 


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