Dry Skin Brushing – How to and Benefits

The skin, sometimes called the third kidney because of its eliminative function, is the largest organ of your body. It is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification, making it one of the most important eliminative organs. When you dry skin brush, you help your lymph system cleanse itself of toxins that collect in the lymph glands. It helps the detoxification process by increasing circulation, stimulating the lymphatic system, opening the pores, and invigorating the skin.

Dry skin brushing removes the top dead layer of skin, encouraging new cells to rejuvenate. It helps make the skin glow. The gentle brushing of the bristles also has a beneficial effect on cellulite and is one of the easiest methods to improve your overall health and beauty.

There are various types of brushes, available at most health food stores. You will need a brush with a handle (some are detachable) so that you can reach all the inaccessible parts of your back. Make sure that your brush is a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush, so it won’t scratch the surface of the skin.

If you don’t have a dry skin brush, a loofah may also be used as long as it isn’t wet. If using a loofah, you’ll need a softer brush, or a flannel, for your face.

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

  • stimulates the lymphatic system
  • helps eliminate toxins from the body
  • increases circulation
  • helps digestion
  • strengthens immune system
  • encourages cells to regenerate
  • removes dead skin layers
  • helps combat cellulite
  • improves muscle tone
  • stimulates the nervous system and brings a great sense of well-being
  • invigorates and enhances your general health

Dry skin brush each part of your body daily, just before showering. Do not brush wet skin as it won’t have the same effect. Always brush toward the heart, beginning from the soles of your feet.

How to Brush Your Skin

  1. With long sweeping strokes, work upward from the soles of your feet to the legs and thighs.
  2. Move brush across your stomach and buttocks.
  3. Sweep brush from the palm of your hand toward your elbow and shoulder.
  4. Move from the neck down toward back and/or chest.

And some tips when brushing your skin.

  • The best time to brush is before your shower, after your morning exercise, and before breakfast (on an empty stomach).
  • Brush gently where the skin is thinnest (use a softer brush for your face).
  • Always use a natural fiber brush.
  • If your new brush is too rough, or you wish to clean it, wash it with water and mild soap and let it dry in the sun.
  • The brush is personal—do not share it with anyone else.

And you may find a visual application of dry skin brushing in this good explanatory video.

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