What’s the biggest organ of the body? SKIN!
What does it do? LOTS! (seriously)
What can you do to help it out? DRY SKIN BRUSHING!
Our skin is an organ of elimination, just like your kidneys, liver and bowel. It’s estimated that ~1/3 of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through your skin, so it’s really important to look after it!
What does dry skin brushing do?
It helps keep the pores clear and the skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process.
If your skin becomes clogged up (literally!), its’ ability to remove excess toxins is impaired and this places extra stress on other organs and your body in general.
What are the benefits of Dry Skin Brushing?
- Helps to slough off dead skin cells and other impurities
- Rejuvenates your cells
- Improves skin texture
- Helps prevent premature ageing
- Stimulates and increases blood circulation
I recommend that you do this just before you jump in the shower so you can quickly clean yourself off and it also helps increase your peripheral circulation by sending blood to your hands and feet. This will help wake you up and become more alert. It’s also a great way to help warm you up on a cold winter morning – your fingers and toes may feel a little tingly when you jump in the shower straight away, but that sensation will quickly disappear.
It is also believed that dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system by aiding the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body.
The lymphatic system plays an important role in elimination by helping to remove toxins from the body. It also is involved in the body’s immune system by producing certain white blood cells and generating antibodies. The lymphatic system vessels are located alongside the blood vessels between the skin and muscle. Unlike the cardiovascular system, which has a pump (AKA: heart) to push the fluid around, the lymphatic vessels have valves which open and close depending on the movement of the muscles. So basically the muscles contract and press up against the skin which help move the lymph around.
You may have heard about lymph nodes, which are in different place around the body, but the inner thighs and armpits are the most well-known as they have the greatest number. So it can be very helpful to pay extra attention to these areas when brushing. The lymphatic system flows towards the heart so it’s important to brush in the same direction as the lymphatic system – which means that you need to start at your fingers and toes and move towards your trunk.
Step-by-step guide to dry skin brushing
- It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
- Use a natural bristled brush or a loofah as a second choice. Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.
- Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.
- Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
- Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
- Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
- Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
- Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
- Keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it.
NOTE: Avoid on broken or sensitive skin and take care to brush lightly over cellulite areas.
Enjoy your ‘Me-Time’ dry skin brushing and if you have any further questions, or any skin issues that you need help with feel free to book in for a FREE 15 minute Discovery Call with me 😊