If you have never tried it, you need to! If you have, I bet your skin looks amazing. Did you know that skin is the largest organ of the body and one of the most important organs for detoxification? It is sometimes referred to as the third kidney ;)
Not only do we detoxify through our skin but we also breathe through it, and vitamin D is manufactured directly on the skin by the influence of sunlight. So, if the pores become clogged with dead cells, the functions of the skin are ineffective and impurities remain in the body which can then contribute to all sorts of health problems.
What are the benefits?
Dry skin brushing can:
- Exfoliate the skin and help remove the dead skin cells.
- Improve skin’s appearance (think: soft soothing skin).
- Encourage lymph flow which is helpful for our immunity and detoxification.
- Help with the elimination of toxins.
- Stimulate our circulation which can reduce cellulitis.
How to do skin brushing?
It is best to skin brush before a bath or shower so you can wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.
Start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upwards, or work in a circular motion. The lymphatic system responds to gentle strokes so if the skin turns red you are using too much pressure.
Any basic brush with natural bristles (not plastic or synthetic) is great for this.
Don’t dry skin brush if you have sensitive skin, a skin condition (such as psoriasis), or sunburn.
As you can see, dry skin brushing is a simple detox technique and very easy to incorporate into your routine. You brush your hair and teeth every day, now you can also brush your skin. Go on an pamper yourself! x