“Do less more mindfully.”
Ayurveda and Your Skin
These are just a few things I learned when I enrolled in a class on Ayurveda. Originating in India, Ayurveda translates to mean “the science of life” and is considered to be one of the world’s oldest healing systems. I learned easy-to-implement tips and tricks to support for nearly every aspect of my mind, body, and spirit.
Since the skin is our largest organ, Ayurveda helped me discover a lot of different ways to care for it, one of which is dry brushing. My professor advised that there are two ways to stimulate your lymphatic system: jumping on a trampoline and dry brushing your body. I figured since a tree had smashed the trampoline I loved so much as a kid, dry brushing would be easier to add to my daily routine. I had never taken a health class that outlined how to care for your lymphatic system or why it was so important, but that’s one of the reasons I found Ayurveda so fascinating.
Dry Brush Your Skin to Remove MALA (Waste)
The lymphatic system, I learned, plays a huge role in immune health and dry brushing is a great way to stimulate detoxification. In addition to gentle exfoliation and increasing circulation, there’s even a rumor that dry brushing can help minimize cellulite.
Dry Brushing Guidelines:
- Pick a natural bristle brush.
- Start brushing at your feet, moving in small, circular motions.
- Always brush upwards towards your heart.
- Make sure not to miss any places like the backs of your knees, inner groin, and armpits.
- Skip over any skin abrasions or breakouts such as eczema, varicose veins, etc.
- Don’t brush too hard! When you are finished, you should feel a tingling sensation and your skin slightly pink.
Oils and Dry Brushing
After showering, she recommends following up your dry brushing routine with a self-massage, another Ayurveda self-care practice, using organic oil (jojoba, grapeseed, vitamin E, sesame). Lucky for you, I AM Organic body oils contain a blend of these nourishing and hydrating ingredients – perfect for your post-shower ritual.
Dry brushing is a simple practice that you can easily incorporate into your daily skin care routine. Don’t forget to follow up with I AM Organic natural skin care products for a healthy, glowing complexion.
**This article was not written by a doctor or health care practitioner. The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any skin or health ailments. As always, it is recommended you ask your doctor before incorporating new practices into your healthcare routine.