The skin is the largest most important elimination organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day, most of it through the sweat glands and is known also as our third kidney. The skin receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body. It is the last to receive nutrients in the body but the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency.
Dry skin brushing stimulates cleansing through the lymphatic system. It also helps in removing cellulite, dead skin layers, strengthens the immune system, stimulates hormone and oil producing glands, tightens the skin and prevents premature aging. It tones the muscles, stimulates circulation, improves the function of the nervous system and helps aid digestion.
- Purchase a natural, NOT a synthetic, bristle brush with a long handle
- Skin brushing should be performed once daily first thing in the morning before showering
- Begin brushing skin in long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, from the hands towards the shoulders and in an upward direction on the torso
- Always brush towards the heart
- Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken. Do not brush on or over skin rashes, wounds, cuts, infections, poison oak or poison ivy.
- After brushing, shower and rinse off alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation.
- After showering, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with organic oil, such as almond, jojoba, sesame or coconut
- Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.
- For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.
Check out this great YouTube video for more information on skin brushing and how to properly do it!
The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing. Celebrity Diets.
The Health Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing. Natural News.
The Raw Food Institute with Lisa Wilson.