Did you know your skin is the biggest organ on your body? It makes up about 1/4 of the detoxification your body goes through every day through your sweat and sebaceous glands.
In my previous article about my gentle detox routine I mentioned that I try to dry skin brush every morning. I do this to open up my pores, get rid of dry skin, improve my skin elasticity, decrease cellulite, and aid my body in its daily detoxification efforts.
Our skin is permeable and porous. This means it absorbs what you put on it, which is a good reason to cut out the toxic body care products you use. A herbalist once told me that 40% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Imagine how much toxic junk people put on their skin in the name of beauty. If you are using toxic crap, it is time to switch to more natural, less toxic body care in order for skin brushing to be effective.
Your skin gets 1/3 of your blood supply, but gets vital nutrients last, thus showing issues you may have going on in your body in your skin before you may notice symptoms elsewhere. This can show up in dry itchy skin, over production of oil, acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, and many other ways. To aid our bodies in detoxification we need to make sure our skin is open and able to excrete toxins.
By brushing our skin with a natural bristle dry brush, we are removing dry skin and debris opening up the pores so that we can better excrete toxins, excess acid, and bodily waste.
Dry skin brushing also helps get the lymph and blood moving through the body. You brush your body all over, pushing the brush up toward your heart with all strokes. This moves the lymph and blood through your system and helps it get filtered through the appropriate organs to remove toxins and gives your immune system a nice boost.
People have also noticed a reduction in cellulite after dry skin brushing daily for several months! Not only does it help you detox, but it can help you look better too. Bonus!
When you dry skin brush be sure to use a natural fiber, hard bristle brush. You will want two. A large one for your body (preferably with a handle so you can get your back easily), and a smaller brush with less firm bristles for your face.
How to dry skin brush:
1. Brush your body first thing in the morning, before you shower or bathe.
2. Start at your feet and work your way up, brushing in circular motions, and straight up toward your heart. I have read both ways and do both my self, toddler willing.
Be sure not to avoid sensitive areas like behind your knees, where your elbows bend, under your arms, and on your neck. These areas have lymph nodes and lymph tends to pool in these places causing all sorts of health issues. Brush there too to help getting everything moving in the morning.
Be sure to avoid open broken skin.
3. After you have brushed, be sure to take a shower to invigorate the skin. You can even try alternating the water from hot to cold to get the blood flowing. It will certainly wake you up.
4. After getting out of the shower dry off vigorously, keeping that blood flowing, and use a natural plant-based oil as a moisturizer. Almond and Coconut oil are two of my favorite non clogging oils that leave my skin nice and soft, absorb well, and do not clog pores. Bonus with the coconut oil is you smell like coconut all day!
Keep in mind any well designed detox program needs at least 30 days of constant application to see results. I challenge you to dry skin brush for 30 days and see how you feel.
For more information on natural health and wellness, check out “What is in my natural medicine cabinet”.
Are you up for the dry skin brush challenge? What results are you hoping for?
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