Did you know the skin is the largest organ of elimination?
This makes it a really key organ to work with in supporting the natural detoxification process of the body.
If I’m totally upfront here, I always thought skin brushing looked a bit of a faff, but once I tried it I was hooked. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not fully rested, I sometimes feel my body could use a small rocket behind it to get it going in the morning.
A quick skin brush and my lymphatic system doesn’t know what’s hit it, my circulation kicks in and I’m suddenly far more alert (and less in need of the rocket).
Here’s the science behind why skin brushing is so great:
Why Skin Brush?
The main purpose of dry skin brushing is to remove the uppermost, or ‘scurf’ layer of skin.
This scurf layer naturally holds some acidity and toxicity – so by removing it with a dry skin, or body brush, you’re helping to unload toxins from the body.
5 Toxin Busting Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing
When I started skin brushing I noticed the benefits immediately. I felt more invigorated and my skin also felt softer. But skin brushing comes with a host of other healing benefits too.
Dry skin brushing:
- Removes Toxins: By removing the ‘scurf’ layer of skin, you remove toxicity from the body. You also make way for a fresh new surface skin area, through which the body can excrete further toxins.
- Supports Lymphatic System: Skin brushing promotes movement within the lymphatic system. When your lymphatic system stagnates or doesn’t work properly, waste and toxins can build up and lead to ill health. So by stimulating your lymphatic system, you help your body to naturally detoxify.
- Improves Circulation: Brushing the skin can lead to feeling more refreshed and alert (a similar effect to exercise) due to the movement it creates within your body. This makes skin brushing an excellent activity to do first thing in the morning to aid circulation and blood flow.
- Exfoliates Skin and Cleans Pores: Dry skin brushing gently removes dead skin and cleans pores, allowing your skin to ‘breathe’ better. This offers a fantastic way to naturally exfoliate your skin, which generally leads to improved skin appearance.
- Can Help Reduce Muscle Tension: Dry skin brushing lightly massages the entire body, which can help reduce muscular tension and even induce an increased feeling of calm. When I brush my calves and shoulders, for example, (which can both hold a lot of tension) I always feel a gentle sense of release in both areas.
How to Dry Skin Brush
Here’s how to body brush and the exact routine I now use on a regular basis.
- Begin at the top of your right foot and start brushing with gentle, brisk stokes. Work your way up the whole leg, (front and back), using a brushing motion upwards towards the heart.
- Move to your left foot and repeat the process in step 1.
- Brush your front and back torso, again using brush strokes upwards towards the heart.
- Brush your right hand, then work your way up the whole right arm to the shoulder.
- Move to your left hand and repeat the process in step 4.
- Brush from your neck down to the heart area – first on the back and then the front torso area.
Note: Always brush towards the heart area, as this is where the lymph enters the bloodstream. Avoid the face and head area, as well as any broken or sensitive skin, rashes or varicose veins. When I brush my skin does tend to go a little pink, but avoid brushing so hard that your skin goes red.
It’s also best to avoid skin brushing if you are constipated, as skin brushing will create more toxins that require excreting via the bowel.
What Sort of Body Brush Should I Use?
When skin brushing you need a moderately stiff brush, ideally with a handle (like those on back brushes), as this makes reaching all parts of your body much easier.
Keep the brush just for skin brushing and avoid getting it wet, as this can affect the brushes effectiveness.
You can buy dedicated skin brushes from many health stores or chemists, or you can just as easily pick one up online. I use a Botanics brush (now unavailable), but the following brushes are highly popular choices, both with great reviews from consumers:
- Yerba Prima Tampico Skin Brush
- SpaVerde Body Brush and Face Set (great if you want a dedicated facial brush too)
I love the benefits of skin brushing. It’s so simple to do, yet with powerful results and it literally only takes a few minutes to do. I now make it part of my daily routine.
Have you tried dry skin brushing? Let me know below…