Do Your Skin A Favor

By: Deanna Snyder, RN Saturday September 5, 2020 comments



The skin is the largest organ in the body. Its job is to protect the body from trauma and outside dangers, regulating temperature and sensing pain. Like with any other organ, it is good practice to pay attention and nurture its health.  The skin is also a direct correlation to your stomach and its microbiome. We have all heard the saying, that we are what we eat.  It is very true when it comes to the complexion, tone, and turgor of the skin.  We can waste hundreds of dollars on beauty creams, lotions, and potions, but if we not feeding our skin good nutrients and giving it plenty of water, then we are throwing money away! 


Another way to take care of our skin is to start a daily routine of dry brushing in the morning before taking a bath or shower.


Dry brushing, appropriately enough, is exactly what it sounds like - the brushing of the skin with a dry brush. The process removes dry, dead skin cells, leaving the skin fresh and new. 


You may be thinking that adding another step to your already busy routine is too much, but besides the baby-soft skin, the benefits of dry brushing go beyond just your skin.


Here are some of the incredible benefits:


Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is comprised of a series of nodes throughout the body that are connected to one another by lymph vessels. The nodes contain immune cells that help fight infection within the body or keep harmful substances out. Dry brushing can help to stimulate the lymphatic system to help the body detoxify.


Dry brushing with a natural bristle-brush helps to remove dead skin cells for softer, more vibrant skin. 


Natural Energy Boost
Dry brushing is said to increase circulation, which in turn leads to a nice post-brush energy boost. Maybe not at night, though!

Also, when done properly, dry brushing feels great!


When shopping for a dry brush you want to look for a brush with natural fibers. Maybe ask in the beauty section at your favorite store if you are having a hard time locating one. Or you can always find one online by searching: ‘natural dry brush for the skin.’


Once you have yours, try this method to get the softest, smoothest skin:

  • Start at the feet and brush in an upward motion, covering each section up your leg with 10 long, smooth strokes. To activate that lymphatic system, it is recommended that all strokes along the body be guided toward the heart or the center of the body.
  • Repeat this process with the arms by starting at the hands and moving up toward the shoulders, brushing each section 10 times.
  • For the torso and underarms, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
  • For the face, a more delicate, face specific brush is required as the body brush will be too harsh.

Note: Brushing too hard can cause the skin to turn red or sting. Your strokes should be smooth and soft. It is uncomfortable, you are doing it too hard.


"Be good to your skin. You'll wear it every day for the rest of your life."

Renée Rouleau


Until the next time,


🌿Be Well, de😊 

☮️ Peace. 💚 Love. 💦Oils. 


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Deanna Snyder, RN

About the Author: Deanna Snyder, RN

Deanna is a seasoned registered nurse who specialized in adult critical care, is certified as a health coach, Reiki & ARōMATOUCH practitioner. She is a wellness advocate and community volunteer.  With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Deanna will take you on a journey of health, wellness, and vitality as you crowd out old habits and replace them with natural, safe and effective alternatives.