The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
December 10, 2012 Colleen Emery

The skin is the largest elimination organ of the human body. It is responsible for 15% of total body elimination therefore making it an advantageous area to focus when improving overall wellness. Including Dry Skin Brushing in your daily routine will remarkably improve your overall health.

Dry Skin Brushing is both economical and easy to do.Not only does Dry Skin Brushing improve the appearance of your skin by eliminating dead cells and helping new skin to regenerate, it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination. Brushing the skin gently stimulates the lymphatic system and is considered to be one of the best natural lymphatic cleansers available. The lymphatic system is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs. Part of the body’s defense system, the lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances. They act as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.

The benefits of a regular dry skin brushing regimen include:

  • Cellulite reduction
  • Removing the dead skin layers
  • Encourages cells to regenerate
  • A strengthened immune system function
  • Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
  • Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
  • Tones the muscles
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved function of the nervous system
  • Tones digestion
  • Aids the skin in its detox role for the body
  • Cleanses the lymphatic system

The Dry Skin Brush Method

What you will need: a quality natural bristle dry skin brush with a long handle or a loofah.  Be sure that each family member has their own brush or loofah. It is recommended that you wash your brush once every 10 days or so with a mild soap and dry completely to reduce any mildew buildup.

Method: Prior to showering or bathing, stand unclothed in an area where you can reach all areas of your body. Working from your feet upwards begin to brush the skin, always in a direction towards the heart. Move upwards to the thigh and buttocks area. Brush your torso thoroughly and then your arms and finally your neck, avoiding your face, ending by brushing towards the lymphatic nodes that are located near your armpits below the collar bone.

Take your time and enjoy the lovely feeling of dry skin brushing.  It is beneficial to Dry Skin brush daily as a preventative measure. While participating in a detox program you may wish to increase your frequency of this wonderfully stimulating practice. Once completed you may wish to continue the detox experience  by having a contrast shower or a detox bath that may include salts such as epsom salts and certain essential oils.