When we think about detoxification we often think it’s all about the liver. However, our skin plays a major role in the elimination of toxins and therefore its health is important to ensure effective detoxification. The accumulation of dead skin cells decreases the skin’s ability to perform this very important function.
Dry skin brushing helps to remove those dead skin cells as well as opening up skin pores. It’s a simple process to include in your morning routine. It takes about 5 minutes and should be done before your shower.
Using either a loofah or a firm natural bristled brush start on the soles of your feet. The direction of the brushing should always be upwards, towards your body. This helps to stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluid. You don’t need to use a lot of pressure but each stroke should feel firm against your skin. Your skin should be slightly red and tingly when you are finished. Use a brisk brushing motion. After the soles of your feet, do the tops of your feet and then one leg followed by the other. Strokes of about 10-15cms are ideal for legs and arms. Once both legs are finished then continue onto buttocks and lower back. When you can’t reach any higher, start on the palms of your hands and work your way up the arms.
Don’t brush your face, any areas of sensitivity, irritation or broken skin. Remember to clean your brush with a natural soap or shampoo every four weeks.
Other benefits of dry skin brushing include:
- improves digestion
- stimulates circulation
- may help to reduce cellulite
- firms the skin with increased cell renewal
- improves immune system function