Skin Brushing

As more people become aware of the importance of detoxification, products and procedures are also rising in numbers–and price! Dry skin brushing is quick and easy (and inexpensive) way to detoxify daily, and the benefits will be noticed immediately.

The skin is the body’s largest organ, weighing about six pounds and covering about 21 square feet! It is also a primary detoxification organ, eliminating toxins through the pores. This detoxification ability is hindered when pores become clogged, often by cosmetics or foods we eat. Dry brushing helps the skin detoxify by exfoliating dull, dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. It also stimulates the lymphatic system (a primary component to the body’s health and immunity), as well as stimulating and improving the function of the nervous system. By dry brushing, you can also help improve kidney and liver function by easing the burden on those detoxification organs.

To make skin brushing an easy part of your daily routine, purchase a natural bristle brush (commonly available in most health food, drug, and department stores often for $5-$10). While not necessary, a long handle makes reaching all areas of the body easier. Do your brushing before a shower, both to help make it a regular practice and because showering afterward aids the cleansing process. Always brush towards the heart using long, soft strokes, following the flow of the lymph and circulatory systems. Cover all areas of your skin. For areas such as the back, armpits, abdomen, and both sides of the chest use a few clockwise strokes followed by a few counterclockwise strokes. Avoid any areas of the body where rash or broken skin is present. It will not take very long for you to see the benefits of healthy, glowing skin and feel an improved sense of vitality.

For a pampering herbal detox experience, grind a handful of almonds, plain oatmeal and herbs in a coffee grinder. Sit or lie on a sheet and hand rub the mixture into your skin, then follow with a dry brush (do not shower immediately afterward). When you’re finished gather up the sheet and shake it off outside–and enjoy how silky soft your skin feels. Herbs to consider include lavender, jasmine, chamomile, calendula, or comfrey.

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