When we talk about detox, we always associate it with strict diets for detoxing the liver or colon. Very often, we tend to neglect the detoxification of the largest organ of our body – the skin.
Approximately 10% of body elimination occurs through the skin, working in conjuction with other organs of elimination such as the colon, kidneys, and lungs. If one of these organs is stressed and not eliminating waste products efficiently, a greater burden may be placed on the remaining organs. This is why people with chronic constipation often have skin conditions such as acne.
With that, we need to detox the skin. How do we do that?
According to Peter Bennnett, N.D., author of the 7-Day Detox Miracle, dry skin brushing is an easy way to stimulate the lymph system, which in turn, enhances the body’s natural detoxification processes.
The Benefits of Skin Brushing
When you do skin brushing, you are really detoxing your skin because skin brushing help your lymph system to clean itself of the toxins, that collect in the lymph glands. It also improves blood circulation throughout the body and removes dead skin cells and debris that clog pores.
There are many other benefits to skin brushing and the benefits are listed as follow:
- Helps to shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cell renewal.
- Increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, which greatly aids the lymphatic drainage of the entire body. When the body rids itself of toxins, it is able to run more efficiently in all areas.
- Helps to tighten the skin because it increases the flow of blood. Increasing the circulation to the skin can also help lessen the appearance of cellulite.
- Stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic mucoid matter into the colon, thereby purifying the entire system. This enables the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the blood and other vital tissues detoxified. After several days of dry brushing, you may notice the gelatinous mucoid material in your stools.
- Dry skin brushing helps with muscle tone and more even distribution of fat deposits.
- Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
- Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health.
- Individuals who sit at a computer screen all day long will particularly take pleasure in the benefits of skin brushing. People who have inactive lifestyles or jobs usually experience stiff and sore necks and shoulders that reach even into their arms and down their spines and into their lower backs. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energized and invigorated.
- Cellulite is toxic. Cellulite is toxic materials that are accumulated in your body’s fat cells as they are unable to be eliminated. So, rather than liposuction surgery, how about utilizing the “dry skin brushing” techniques coupled with an alkaline diet program and a great exercising routine. It will break down the unwelcome toxic body deposits and send them scurrying out of your body through the elimination channels we discussed above.
By summing up the pros, skin brushing can help your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient. Not only that, you will find that skin brushing is a very pleasant and stimulating thing to do. :)
How to Get Started with Your Skin Brushing Regimen
Skin brushing is very easy for self-help enthusiast. All you need is a natural, bristle long brush that does not scratch the surface of the skin. You can get one at the health food store, otherwise use a loofah sponge.
Before you start your dry skin brushing, here are some reminders:
- Skin brush before showering or bathing at least once per day, and twice (if possible).
- Do NOT wet the skin. This will not have the same effect because of the strecthing effect on skin.
- Always skin brush towards the heart.
- Do circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
- Do lighter strokes over and around the breast, but do not brush the nipples.
- Brush each part of the body several times vigorously.
- Avoid the face and any areas with cuts, broken capillaries, varicose veins or any sensitive areas.
- Wash your brush every few weeks in water and let it dry.
Skin Brushing Technique
Now, the technique to skin brushing as as follows:
- Take the brush and begin with the sole of your right foot. Use firm, rhythmic strokes to cover the sole several times. Next, brush the top of your foot, brushing up towards your ankle. Then go on to your lower leg, making sure you cover the whole surface – shin and calf. Always brush in an upward direction.
- Stand up and brush the area from your knee to the top of your thigh. Make sure you cover the whole area several times, using long, rhythmic strokes. Brush your buttock area as far as your waist. Now repeat the whole procedure on your left leg, starting again with the sole of your foot. Starting from the top of your buttocks, and always moving in an upward direction, brush the whole of your back several times all the way up to your shoulders.
- Next, brush your right arm. Start with the palm of your hand, move on to the back of your hand and then brush from your wrist up to your elbow, always in an upward direction and ensuring that the whole surface of your skin is brushed. Brush your upper arm, working from your elbow towards your shoulder, again covering the whole surface of your upper arm
- Repeat on your left side, starting with your hand. Then, very gently, brush your abdomen, brushing in a circle, always in a clockwise direction. Cover the area several times but with less pressure than on your arms and legs. If it feels uncomfortable, stop.
- The neck and chest are also very sensitive areas, so, again, brush here very gently. Always work towards your heart. If the bristles are too hard on your neck, don’t brush here. Lastly, work on your face. Use your soft brush or a dry flannel and soften and shorten your action, as brisk rubbing can stretch or otherwise damage the facial skin.
- After brushing your skin, rinse off in the shower. Paavo Airola, author of Swedish Beauty Secrets, recommends alternating temperatures in the shower from hot to cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
- After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oil, such as almond, jojoba, sesame or coconut.
- For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.
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