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Dry Skin Brushing for Detox and Amazing Skin

Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. The Dry Skin Brushing technique assists with detoxification of the skin and is an ipmortant part of our Seasonal Detox Program.

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Did You Know?

The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day.The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands? The skin is known also as our third kidney, it receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body

The Scandinavians and many native peoples have used Dry Skin Brushing for centuries. In present day, Dry Skin Brushing is promoted as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch, but there are many other benefits as well:

The Health and Detox Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing:

  1. Removes cellulite
  2. Cleanses the lymphatic system
  3. Removes dead skin layers
  4. Strengthens the immune system
  5. Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
  6. Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
  7. Tones the muscles
  8. Stimulates circulation
  9. Improves the function of the nervous system
  10. Helps digestion
  11. AND it’s easy, inexpensive and invigorating!

Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health.

What You Need for Dry Skin Brushing:

To dry brush, use a soft natural fiber brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body.  A brush with a removable head with a strap for your hand is a good choice.

A loofah sponge or a rough towel can also be used. Most nylon and synthetic fiber brushes are too sharp and may damage skin. The important thing is to find something that is just right for your skin.

Tips and Tricks for Dry Brushing:

Always dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.

You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head. It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed.

Direction of the Dry Skin Brushing:

Long sweeping strokes starting UP from the bottom of your feet and legs upwards, and UP from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an Upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart.

Note: Brushing away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels.

Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.

Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body.

If you are feeling ill, you may continue to do Dry Skin Brushing once a day if you feel well enough.

Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts, and infections.

Never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy.

Finish up with your regular shower, starting with warm or hot water

for several seconds, then alternate to cold water for several seconds,, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with cold.

Dr. Helene