Dry skin brushing is one of the easiest and most popular techniques for detoxification. It greatly improves the appearance of the skin and it stimulates the elimination of toxins.
Detoxifying with skin brushing
Skin is the largest organ of waste elimination, as it is known to be responsible for 10 to 15 percent of total waste elimination in the body. This is why the skin is sometimes called “the third kidney”.
It is only logical that stimulation of the skin leads to an increased elimination of toxins accumulated in the body. This is where dry skin brushing comes in useful.
Skin brushing or dry skin brushing is a simple technique that can be done at home every day. All it requires is one or more brushes, preferably with natural bristles.
The lymphatic system is composed of lymphatic vessels, nodes and organs. It is a part of the body’s own defense system and it removes microorganisms, harmful agents and foreign substances, thus preventing many diseases and improving the overall health.
Gentle massage of the skin with brushes stimulates the activity of the lymphatic system, activates all of its functions and improves the blood flow. This way it increases the quantity of toxins that are expelled from the body.
Detox is not the only benefit of dry skin brushing. This technique improves the appearance of the skin, exfoliating it gently and removing the dead skin cells, which leaves the skin soft and subtle. It regulates the function of sebaceous glands, restoring the moisture, and also reduces cellulite.
How to dry brush the skin?
For best results it is recommended to brush daily, preferably after a warm bath or a shower. The skin should be completely dry. It is important to start from the feet, including the soles and the toes, and to move up towards the legs, with long, sweeping motions.
Arms are brushed starting from the hands towards the shoulders, and torso should also be brushed, with movements aiming towards the heart. Areas with cellulite or with dry, rough skin, like belly, thighs, upper arms, buttocks, knees, elbows and heels can be brushed longer, using circular motions.
It is recommended to have one regular brush and one with a long handle that can reach the back.
Dry skin brushing usually lasts from 5 to 15 minutes. Some people feel so comfortable while doing it, they do not want to stop.
This technique can be combined with other detox techniques, like colon cleanse, sauna and steam shower, hot shower, cold detox baths and similar.