Dry Skin Brushing
Fun fact: Your skin is actually an organ — and the largest organ in the entire body. Besides that, it’s designed to do more than just hold in the rest of the body. It’s actually used to eliminate toxins from the body. To ensure the efficacy of this elimination process, it’s essential to keep the skin free from dead skin cells and dry patches.
That’s where dry skin brushing comes in. Used for centuries in many global cultures, skin brushing should be an integral part of everyone’s daily hygiene routine.
Benefits of Skin Brushing
- Remove waste and exfoliate: When dead skin cells are removed, it allows the pores to open up. When the pores are open, the skin can more efficiently remove waste products from the body.
- Decrease bacteria on skin’s surface: It’s normal for bacteria to be present on the skin’s surface. However, when there’s layers of dead skin, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. This could lead to infections and stress on the rest of the body as it battles the excess bacteria.
- Enhance lymphatic drainage: Skin brushing activates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for discarding fluids the body no longer needs.
- Venous system enhancement and support: Dry skin brushing is great for encouraging the veings to more efficiently move blood from the legs and arms back to the heart.
- Move nutrients and oxygen into the skin: Stimulating the skin, lymphatic system and venous system allows more nutrients and oxygenated blood to get to the skin.
- Defy aging and improve skin tone: Enhanced circulation, removal of dead skin cells, and stimulation of the surface oil and sweat glands helps give the skin a more tone, supple appearance.
First, choose a skin brush. The best ones are simply a good organic skin brush with or without a handle! You may find that a long-handle brush helps reach certain areas of the body. If you can’t find one, then just brush what you can reach. Be sure the skin is 100% dry before brushing to enhance the benefits, and it’s best to do before a shower or bath. Be sure to brush gently in short strokes and expect to feel tingling, but be sure to not brush hard enough to redden the skin or cause pain.
- Start with the legs. Start at the toes and move toward the center of the body. This is the direction in which the venous and lymphatic systems flow. Brush from your toes towards the center of your body, as this is the direction of venous and lymph flow toward your heart.
- Next, brush upwards on your stomach, lower back, and buttocks.
- Third, tackle the arms from the fingers to the shoulders, using short strokes.
- Finally, lightly brush the shoulders and upper back.
Note: never brush your face. Facial skin is too delicate, but the neck skin could be very gently brushed.
Do not brush:
- Open wounds or rashes
- Easily damaged areas
- Areas with known skin malignancies or lymphatic malignancies