When you hear the word “organ” the first thing that may come to mind is your heart, liver, kidneys, or other major organs in your body. But did you know that your skin is actually your largest organ of elimination and detoxification for your body?
Most of us don’t think of our skin this way, but it makes sense when you do. I mean it covers your entire body. That’s a pretty large organ. An organ that is responsible for detoxification and excretion of over one third of your body’s daily impurities. That’s no small job.
You know that in order to function at your optimal levels, stay healthy and fit, and reduce your risk of disease you must take good care of things like your heart, for instance. So why wouldn’t you do the same for your skin?
Whether it’s the food you eat, the stuff you slather on your skin, the toxins you absorb through the air, everyday your skin takes a beating. Which is why I’m going to share with you the benefits of and how to skin dry skin brush for optimal health and detoxification.
Your Skin and Your Lymphatic System
In simple terms your lymphatic system is essentially your body’s built in waste disposal system. It’s made up of a network of vessels, tissues, and organs who’s primary function is to transport infection fighting white blood cells via lymph fluid, and help move toxins and waste out of the body via lymph nodes.
The body contains more lymph fluid than blood and does not have a “pump mechanism” like the heart to move it through the body.
So if there is no pump system, how does lymph fluid have a chance to move out of the body as it needs to? Well it does so by way of stimulation with things like exercise, brisk walking, rebounding (jumping on a trampoline), yoga, massage, cleansing, and dry skin brushing.
It turns out, your skin is one of your lymphatic system’s best allies, so why not join in the alliance and help it out with a detoxifying and invigorating dry skin brush?
Health Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
- Stimulates the flow of the lymphatic system
- Detoxifies the body by eliminating dead skin cells
- Increases blood flow and circulation
- Reduces appearance of cellulite
- Keeps skin in peak condition adding a healthy glow
How to Dry Skin Brush
About 3 minutes is all the time you need to do this. Personally, I have a hard time not making it last longer – it’s just so invigorating – either way, you’ll reap the benefits.
Make sure your brush and skin are both dry. You want to do this right before a shower or bath, whether it’s morning or night doesn’t matter. I like to dry brush right inside the shower and wash all those icky dead skin cells down once I start the water. For extra detoxification benefits try soaking in a nice hot warming mustard bath (recipe here) after you dry skin brush.
Once a day is ideal for best results, but at least 3 times a week will still do a whole lot of good.
The method is important, since you are stimulating lymph flow and drainage you need to follow it’s natural path, so always brush toward your heart. Start with your feet, working your way up your body using long strokes, move onto your arms, and end at your abdomen and back, applying enough pressure but not so much that it hurts.
Give a little extra love to areas that contain lymph nodes and areas you want to reduce cellulite like the backs of your knees, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, armpits, and abdomen. Circular brushing on your abdomen benefits healthy digestion too. The following tutorial will show you exactly how to become a dry skin brushing pro in no time!
Where Do I Get a Dry Skin Brush?
You want a brush with natural bristles, not synthetic ones. You can get them in most health food stores. Personally I like this circular Mio Body Brush, featured in this video. It’s made from bamboo, has natural boar bristles, rubber massage nodules (great for cellulite), and a comfy cotton handle – but there are plenty of great brushes to choose from.
Now go get your brush on for that beautiful healthy glow! Your skin will love you :) I promise.
Have you experienced the benefits of healthy skin from dry skin brushing? What do you think about it?