We are exposed to toxins every day. Our air contains microscopic carcinogens. Processed foods are filled with chemicals, and commercial produce is bathed in pesticides. Our children drink from fluorinated, chlorinated water fountains at their schools. The electronic devices we depend on emit electro-magnetic radiation. These stresses create toxic burdens on our bodies. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to detoxify.
The skin in the body’s largest organ, and it protects us from foreign pathogens. Also known as the third kidney, the skin secretes a majority of waste through sweat. People have known this for a long time, and have used Dry Skin Brushing as a regular method of detoxification. The benefits of this practice are many:
- It helps clear toxins from the lymphatic system, helping the body purify itself naturally.
- It improves liver and kidney health because the body is no longer concentrating the entire detoxification process on those organs.
- It also stimulates the nervous system and improves its function.
- It exfoliates the skin and removes the outer layer of dull, dry skin, making it noticeably softer and brighter.
- It keeps toxins from polluting the skin, which promotes a clear, supple complexion.
- People who use this technique regularly notice reduced cellulite and better muscle tone.
It is best to select a brush made with soft, natural hair or fibers. Synthetic fibers can damage and irritate skin. A long handle will help reach the back side.
To help accelerate the cleansing process, brush daily right before your shower. Always use brush strokes toward the heart to facilitate detoxification. Brushing away from the heart can adversely affect circulation in the blood vessels and lymph system.
Start from the tips of your fingers, stroking all the way up your arms several times covering all areas of skin. Next, stroke from the tips of your toes to the top of your legs. Use several clockwise strokes on the stomach, both sides of the chest, and your arm pits. Then repeat these areas with counterclockwise motion. You can also brush in a circular motion on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Concentrate on areas which suffer from dryness or cellulite, but avoid areas of broken skin or rashes.