The skin is the largest organ of the body and one of the main organs responsible for detoxification (surprised?). The body actually releases one third of its toxins through the skin, so you can imagine how important it is to take good care of your dermis, making sure pores are regularly unclogged and dead skin cells sloughed off.
Dry brushing has been practiced by Scandinavians for centuries for just this purpose (it’s also often recommended by acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners as a detox aid). Here is a quick guide to the basics:
Use a soft brush with natural bristles and a long handle. Gently brush your legs, arms and torso using long strokes moving upward toward your heart. Continue for 5 minutes. You can do this before your shower, so you rinse off any leftover dead skin cells afterward, then follow with coconut oil or your favorite moisturizer – your skin will be perfectly primed to absorb the maximum amount of hydration after being dry brushed.
Dry brushing helps increase blood flow and circulation, thereby naturally brightening skin and encouraging cell turnover. It’s also said to boost the lymphatic system, which is essential in ridding your body of toxins. Stimulating the lymphatic system can also help the body shed excess water, making it a great technique to decrease bloating. By removing dead skin cells (more important once you’re over thirty), dry brushing can act as a gentle daily exfoliator. It’s even believed to improve digestion and kidney function – both key functions in achieving your best skin health and appearance.
Try adding a dry brushing practice to your daily routine for 2 weeks and see if you can detect an improvement. The shift may be subtle at first, but the benefits can be profound.
What self care rituals do you practice every day? Do you meditate? Exercise? Give yourself an at-home facial? Share with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.
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