The skin is the largest elimination organ of the body, responsible for releasing toxins and keeping the body healthy. Dry skin brushing is an effective and powerful way to enhance the body’s detoxification process as it stimulates the lymphatic system, removes toxic waste products, improves blood circulation, strengthens the immune system and tones the muscles.
The lymphatic system transports food and oxygen from the blood to the cells and the cells then return the waste back through the lymph to the blood. Dry skin brushing helps improve the movement of lymph fluid, so that our cells receive food and oxygen. Underlying the skin is vast network of capillaries connected to the circulatory system. Dry brushing stimulates the blood circulation and improves the flow of blood to the heart for increased vitality and energy.
Dry skin brushing also helps improve the appearance of your skin by removing dead cells and helping new skin to regenerate. The massaging effect of the bristles in the skin brush is also thought to be beneficial to eliminate cellulite. For completely dissolving cellulite, it is recommended that you brush 10 – 15 minutes daily for several months.
What do you need?
You will need a good quality natural bristle brush with a long handle for reaching your back or a long loofa. The time to do a skin brush should be about 5-15 minutes per day.
How to dry brush your body:
- Brush your dry body before you shower or bathe, preferably in the morning to awaken and invigorate the body.
- If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start with a softer all-natural bristle brush or use a dry towel or loofah.
- Start at your feet (including the soles of feet) and always brush toward your heart. Use brisk circular motions or long, even strokes.
- Brush up the front and back of your your legs, then over your abdomen, buttocks, and back. If you have cellulite on your hips and thighs, concentrate on those areas a little longer.
- Brush lightly on sensitive areas like breasts and more firmly on areas like soles of the feet.
- When you reach your arms, begin at your fingers (include the palms of your hands) and brush up your arms, toward your heart.
- Brush your shoulders and chest downwards and always in the direction of your heart.
- Avoid brushing broken skin or any areas where you have a rash, infection, cut or wound.
- Finish by taking a warm shower.
- You may use cold/hot therapy to further stimulate the lymphatic system and improve circulation. This is done by taking a warm shower and finishing off with a 30 second burst of cold water.
- Dry your skin vigorously with a towel to further stimulate circulation.
- Finish by massaging a pure organic oil into your skin such as sweet almond, grape seed, wheatgerm, or one of the natural body oils from our catalogue (Weleda’s Birch Cellulite Oil if you’re trying to firm up your skin, or the vitamin rich Botáni Nourishing Body Oil).
Support your body whilst dry skin brushing by drinking plenty of water, eating well and doing moderate exercise daily. A brisk twenty or thirty minutes of daily walking will also help move the lymph fluid around the body.
If you set aside just 5 – 15 minutes everyday to dry skin brush – your skin will glow, your will eliminate toxins from your body and your general health will improve.