By Kyla Miller
Everybody has five major paths of elimination; the colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin. Of these, our skin is the largest elimination organ, which is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney” (the second being our lungs). In fact, up to a third of all body impurities are excreted through the skin. It releases a pound of waste each day and will be the first organ to show symptoms of imbalance or toxicity. If your skin cannot efficiently release toxins, you may experience rashes, acne, hives, itchiness, body odour, or even eczema and psoriasis.
Dry skin brushing is an important therapy you can add to your detox program. Daily dry friction brushing is far more cleansing and eliminates more waste material than any soap could, and of added benefit, the skin is not robbed of its natural oils needed to keep it from becoming too dry. Dry skin brushing tones the skin, improves circulation, and aids in relieving skin conditions.
How dry skin brushing will benefit you
- Regulates and increases blood circulation and lymph flow
- Revitalizes and increases your skins ability to eliminate toxins out of the system
- Rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
- Contributes to healthier muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits (yes, with continued use it can break down cellulite)
- Gently removes dead layers of skin and other impurities (keeps pores open)
- Stimulates the hormone and oil producing glands responsible for keeping your skin looking and feeling young, smooth and strong
How to choose your brush
Choose a dry skin brush that has natural fibre bristles and a long handle for reaching all of your back. The bristles may feel to firms at first, but your skin will adjust to this over time. If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start with a softer brush or a dry towel.
How to “dry skin brush”
Dry skin brushing means brushing the skin without the use of water or soaps. Use a separate brush for face and body. With the face, start by brushing the forehead and work down over the eyes, along the nose, cheeks, chin, ears and finally neck, using a firm, brisk rotary motion. If your face is too sensitive to use a dry brush, use a loofah or a special facial brush instead. When dry brushing the body, brush the limbs with an upward movement. Every brush motion should be directed towards the heart. Start by brushing skin gently until it becomes conditioned. Avoid brushing the breasts entirely. Avoid brushing the parts of your body that are irritated, damaged or infected. The scalp should also be brushed. It can stimulate hair growth by increasing blood circulation and will keep the scalp clean from dandruff, stale oils, etc.
Cleaning your brush
Wash your dry skin brush with non-toxic soap every two weeks or so. Dry it in the sun or a warm place.
Consistency is key
Dry skin brushing stimulates and invigorates the whole body. If done consistently (3-5 minutes morning and night), it will drastically improve the look of your skin and overall feeling of wellbeing.
About the Author
Kyla is passionate about her health; she has overcome illness through dietary and lifestyle changes, and the art of practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Master, with the hopes of sharing that knowledge and passion with the world.