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{VIDEO} Skin Brushing: How to OPEN UP your skin (make it pretty, and detox fast)

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Updated: June 22, 2019 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Skin Brushing, How To Open Up Your Skin


The Reasons For Skin Brushing Are More Than Skin Deep!

Always wanted to know how and why to skin brush?

I’m excited to share with you, in this short video, why skin brushing should be an important part of your health and beauty routine, and exactly how to do it.

Then I’ve got a great gift for you: a printable illustrated skin brushing chart with all the instructions!

Dry skin brushing is pretty much exactly how it sounds: using a brush (in this case, a long-handled brush with stiff natural bristles) on the dry skin. The visible benefits are obvious: sloughing off millions of dead skin cells is going to encourage cell renewal while also tightening the skin and making it glow.

And obviously, clearing away all those dead cells will open up your pores, allowing the skin to breathe and detoxify more efficiently–after all, it’s the largest detoxification organ you have!

But the most important reason to skin brush is not so obvious: it stimulates the lymphatic system of the body, which is your circulatory system’s waste removal plant and a key part of your body’s ability to detoxify, heal injuries, and prevent disease.

If the BLOOD brings in the groceries, the LYMPH takes out the trash! Its function is so important, you have about twice as much lymph as blood in your body, supporting your immune, digestive, nervous, and detoxification systems.

But unlike the blood, lymph doesn’t have a pump to move it around to do its job.  It moves in the body slowly, through a series of valves, gathering and eliminating toxins along the way.

Sluggish or clogged lymph leads to a variety of conditions, from cellulite (yes, cellulite!) to low energy to infections to cancer.

The Method Matters!

Lymph travels close to the skin, and stimulating the skin helps keep that lymph moving. But because lymph travels in specific directions due to its valve system, the order and direction of brushing the skin is not just important–it’s crucial.

Don’t start brushing, then, until you know how! We’re here to help, with a free demo and instructions you can print. We’ll show you how to follow the lymphatic pathways, in the right direction.

Skin brushing should be done on dry skin, preferably right before a shower, and will give you a great burst of energy besides all the beauty and health benefits I mentioned.

Graphic of skin brushing from "Skin Brushing, How To Open Up Your Skin" at Green Smoothie Girl.

Brushing your skin is simple and has amazing benefits!

And about that cellulite?  Because cellulite is just toxins held by your fat cells and connective tissue, right under the subcutaneous level of your skin, breaking it up with skin brushing and encouraging lymphatic detoxification can release cellulite from its job and decrease it!

Ready to boost your health, increase your energy, and get prettier skin? Watch the quick video at the beginning of the post demonstrating exactly how and in what directions to brush your skin for great results.

And then download and print out our FREE illustrated skin brushing chart to keep handy while you learn!

I’ve also put together a set of my favorite long-handled natural bristle brush with the illustrated chart printed and laminated for you–get that set here.

Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie Girl

Robyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.



Skin Brushing, How To Open Up Your Skin

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25 thoughts on “{VIDEO} Skin Brushing: How to OPEN UP your skin (make it pretty, and detox fast)”

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  1. Zouvik says:

    I never knew that the toxic goes through the skin pores thank you for this very helpful skills

    1. kristie says:

      Iotion, soap, perfume, air,it al goes in through our pours,goes into our blood stream ,goes through whole body.same with breathing, smoke air freshners,bug sprays

  2. Chic Rementeria says:

    I have an incomplete lymph system on the right side from lymph and thyroid removal from cancer. Also wearing undermines for years (not anymore) has hardened the lymph nodes under my brushing still an option or am I jamming things up more so..

    1. Robyn says:

      you need this habit more than most, then, Chic! (don’t wear underwire! stay tuned, i’m doing a facebook live sometime this week about 10 things every woman should know about breast cancer prevention and treatment)

  3. Joi de vivre says:

    The “waist to armpit” demonstration looks like abdomen to waist.

  4. Ron says:

    So many of the comments seem like they are directed toward females.. Dies this apply to men also?

    1. Nikki says:

      Skin brushing is for men as well as women.

  5. Sonya says:

    Should this done naked or with clothes on?

    1. Nikki says:

      Without clothes, so the brush is directly on the skin.

  6. Kathy says:

    How often should the dry skin brushing be done?

  7. Susan says:

    Is it ok to do this when you have varocos veins??

  8. Sophie says:

    What about brushing on your face? If it doesn’t help with the lymph, it would at least help exfoliating right? Is there a certain way to do it?

  9. Enid says:

    I have psoriasis all over my body. Can I do the skin brushing?

  10. Marcia says:

    I did not receive the 1001 free instructional on my email so I could download it.
    I do appreciate the gift, please help.

  11. Guest says:

    Hi Robyn,
    Thank you very much for the instructions. I’ve always had this question – how will pushing around the lymph help get the wast _out_ of the body? Wont it simply be moving it back to the heart (or wherever the lymph is supposed to be pushed – I said “heart” because many people say that we need to brush “towards the heart”)?
    Or if the waste is going to be passed automatically from the lymph to the outside of the skin, how does pushing it around (instead of helping it move in the other direction – outside through the skin) help? It would be really great if you could clear this doubt when you get time to reply.
    Have a great day!
    (PS: I’m sorry if I ended up posting the same comment repeatedly – had some browser issue)

    1. Donald Robinson says:

      Its now 2019 and no one has answered your query so I will give it a go. Your blood circulates by your heart pumping and pushing the blood. Your blood does not rush back between beats as you have valves that close like a door that only opens one way – open, shut – open, shut – and back to the heart to start all over again.
      Your Lymph operates on a different curcuit but has no heart to pump it. It is moved by muscles contracting and sqeezing the lymphatic fluid forward. Your lymphatic system also has valves. The lymphatic system drains its end and is processed by your liver, and excreted with bile in your poop. Thats what I understand and It may not be completely correct. If you cant brush, exercise. If you cant exercise, jump gently up and down a few times. If you cant do that , shake your arm and fingers and stretch your body gently! This will move your lymphatic fluid and dump the toxins though the skin or in the bathroom.

  12. Margaret Barnett says:

    Will this help detoxify an arm where the axxillary lymph nodes have been removed because of breast cancer?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Yes Margaret, it is a gentle way of moving the lymph fluids.

  13. Debra says:

    I liked the details of brushing and information on it.

  14. Back door Debbie Bolwerk says:

    Why is it always recommended to brush the skin while it’s dry ?

    Wouldn’t there be a stimulation of the lymph nodes in a whirlpool which is also beneficial and therapeutic?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Debbie, yes there are many ways to move the lymph fluid, one gentle way is through dry brushing. Dry brushing is generally more effective than wet brushing because the exfoliating process helps with additional lymph stimulation.

  15. Gina E says:

    I tried skin brushing recently but the advice i followed said to brush toward your heart starting at the feet. When I did my legs I ended up with a swollen lymph node in my right groin area. I kept massaging the area until it went away. After researching a little I found a video that started at the top of the arms and legs, still brushing toward the heart but doing the top first then the lower part and then the hands and feet. I have not had trouble since then. Any thoughts about why this happened?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Gina, not sure why that happened but as you continue to dry brush, the lymph that became swollen may release the toxins over time. It’s often recommended to start at the bottom to move that lymph fluid up. It tends to pool at the bottom especially for those that are more sedentary. Either way, do what works for you!!

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