The skin is the largest organ in the body, with an estimated size of 18 square feet. Along with the liver, kidneys, lungs, lymphatic system, colon, and blood, the skin works to remove built up toxins and waste from your system, maintaining optimal health. Up to two pounds of waste products are discharged through the skin every day!
Toxins from everyday soaps, cleansers, antiperspirants / deodorants, lotions, and cosmetics can gather beneath the skin’s surface and prevent the skin from breathing, which can contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions. If the skin becomes inactive because its pores are clogged with dead cells and chemical residues, impurities will remain in the body. Then, other organs of elimination, will become overworked, which eventually creates disease. Likewise, if the other organs of elimination are overworked, the body will rid itself of toxins by excreting them through the skin.
Dry skin brushing is a great way to support healthy elimination of toxins through the skin. It is great for acne, eczema, cellulite, oily skin, dry skin, stretch marks, or just as part of your regular self-care routine. Besides, your skin will look and feel healthier and more resilient!
Benefits of skin brushing:
- Firms and tightens skin
- Stimulates circulation
- Increases oxygenation and cell renewal
- Cleanses lymphatic system and detoxifies
- Removes dead skin and cellulite
- Strengthens immune system
- Aids digestion
How to dry skin brush:
Use a long handled, natural bristle brush. Skin brush before showering or bathing. It should take about 5 minutes to brush your whole body.
- ALWAYS brush towards the heart (see diagram), and clockwise around the abdomen.
- Using small circular motions, vigorously brush each part of the body several times.
- Start at the soles of your feet and work your way up your legs, stomach and buttocks. Lastly brush your hands and arms.
- Avoid the face, nipples and any other sensitive areas.
- Take a bath or shower to rinse off.
- End with a cold rinse to close pores and further stimulate blood and lymph circulation.
- Wash your brush every few weeks and let it air dry.