Spring Cleaning from the Inside Out (Part 2)
Written by Holly Brown
The skin is the largest elimination organ, it is known to be responsible for 10 to 15% of total body elimination, and is sometimes referred to as the third kidney.
Dry skin brushing is a swift and powerful way to enhance the detoxification process. It’s easy, pleasant and yields tremendous benefits! Not only does it improve the appearance of your skin by eliminating dead cells and helping new skin regenerate, but it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination.
Consider skin brushing an exercise for your skin. By improving circulation, skin brushing may help to eliminate wastes and toxins. It sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth. According to Yoga Journal, skin brushing may stimulate the lymphatic system, which boosts immunity.
For best results, skin brushing should ideally be done for 5 to 10 minutes every morning before you shower. Skin brushing in the morning helps release the toxins in your body that have accumulated during the night. The time it takes to see noticeable results will vary between individuals.
Skin brushing is best done with a natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can get at those hard-to-reach areas. Start from the bottom and work your way up. Begin at your feet and brush up your legs. Give extra attention to your thighs, hips and buttocks. Continue with your stomach. Brush your chest, avoiding direct contact with your nipples. Continue with your hands and brush up your arms, including your underarms. Finish with your back, and brush lightly down your neck. The general rule of thumb is to brush using long strokes toward your heart. The natural bristles may feel rough on your skin at first, but your skin will soon adjust.
Do not brush your skin if you have varicose veins. Avoid brushing near open or irritated skin. If you are pregnant, remember to brush gently on your stomach. Use a separate brush for each family member. Wash your brush with mild soap and warm water every few weeks. As with any new treatment, talk to your doctor to determine if skin brushing is right for you.
The additional benefits of skin brushing will leave you looking and feeling healthier, giving you the motivation to achieve your weight-loss goals.
If you missed the part one of our Spring Cleaning article, you can find it here.