Step 2: Dry Skin Brushing
Next up: Dry Skin Brushing
Who suffers from DRY SKIN???? Today’s practice will make your skin super soft & smooth!!
Start with dry skin brushing- one of the best ways to detoxify your skin, eliminate dead skin cells and find a healthy glow! I also find it energizing!
Starting on your legs, make 7 long strokes up the legs leading to the heart. Then move to the torso, then down the arms. We are always brushing towards the heart. You can make clockwise circles around your abdomen to enhance digestion. Avoid really sensitive areas like your face and genitals. This should only take about 5 minutes. Some people like to dry skin brush daily while others, like myself, have super sensitive skin and can only handle it 3x/week. You’ll have to try it yourself to decide.
After you’ve done your dry skin brushing rub coconut oil ALL OVER your body. Oil up your face and scalp too (bye, bye dandruff!). We are going to leave it on for about 5-10 minutes.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – why am I putting on oil before my shower? For years, I would dry skin brush, shower, then oil. And I can’t tell you how many shirts and shorts I ruined because the oil would stain them. Then I learned in Ayurveda that we’re supposed to shower AFTER oilation. You’ll let the oil sink in for a little and once you get into your super hot shower your pores will open and the oil will sink in deeper giving you more luxurious skin! Plus, I don’t ruin any more clothes! Genius, right??? So just sit back and let that coconut oil sink in right now.
Don’t have time to let the oil sink in? Doing anything is better than nothing. Change can only happen through action. Do your best today and leave the guilt behind.
PRO TIP: Use a handheld kitchen mixer and add essential oils to your coconut oil for an even more blissful experience! How does your skin feel?
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The Art of Cleaning Like a Yogi
Kriyas, Karmans, sat-karmas - whatever you call it, yogis like to be clean, inside and out.