Dry skin brushing is a popular and very beneficial technique. It is easy to do at home and it gives great results. Detoxification is one of the reasons why so many people use dry skin brushing, among other things.
Dry skin brushing and detox
Skin is the largest organ in the human body. It serves as a protective barrier against various harmful agents and microorganisms. It is also a channel through which waste and toxins are expelled, via perspiration or sweating. Because of this, skin is sometimes called “the third kidney”.
In order for the skin to function properly, it has to be taken care of. If it is not cleaned well, dirt and dust will block the pores and the waste will not be eliminated completely. The skin also regenerates and sheds dead cells. These dead cells fall off, but some of them also stick and remain on the surface of the skin. Not only this makes the skin look dull and rough, but it also clogs the pores further.
Dry skin brushing is one of the best methods to remove dead skin cells, dirt, dust and other unwanted materials from the surface of the skin and to open the pores up. This technique basically involves exfoliation, which is also its main benefit. However, dry skin brushing also improves circulation, meaning that more oxygen and nutrients are brought out to the skin. The skin becomes well-nourished and looks nicer and younger.
In addition, dry skin brushing improves the function of the lymphatic system, which is also necessary for proper detoxification of the entire body. When circulatory and lymphatic systems are stimulated to work better and faster, more toxins are expelled. This is beneficial not only for the skin, but for the entire body, since accumulated toxins can seriously hamper a person’s health.
How to do dry skin brushing
Dry skin brushing can be done at home and it requires a set of brushes in different sizes. The brushes are best if made of wood, with soft, natural fibers. Smaller brushes are designed for brushing the face and they are usually softer, and those with long handles are ideal for reaching the back.
Brushing is best if done before bathing or showering and the skin should be completely dry. The initial strokes should be long, rhythmic and soft. Most people start with the feet and work their way up towards the neck and the head. In the torso, the strokes should move towards the heart and on the belly they should be circular and counter-clockwise. After the entire body has been thoroughly brushed, it is advised to take a warm shower followed by a rinse with cold water.