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 to regenerate, it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination.
In addition, the massaging effect of the bristles is known to be highly beneficial for eliminating cellulite.
Brushing the skin gently stimulates the lymphatic system and is considered to be one of the best natural lymphatic cleansers available.
The lymphatic system is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs. Part of the body’s defense system, the lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances. They act as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.
Stimulating the lymphatic system through skin brushing will activate all of the above functions as well as encourage blood circulation and cell regeneration. Both actions promote detoxification, weight loss and cellulite reduction, as well as improve body tone and skin radiance.
I have been regularly brushing my skin for the last 2 months, in addition to my Detox Bath, and am genuinely amazed at the benefits I am experiencing. Not to mention that I’m really flattered by the compliments I am receiving on how healthy and radiant I look! My normally dry skin seems a lot more supple, I am eliminating better, and the cellulite lumps on my thighs and hips are now less visible…
All you need is a NATURAL bristle brush with a long handle or a loofah…and 5 minutes.
I start with brushing my feet –including the soles- moving upwards to the tighs, in small circular motions.
For the upper body part, I put one arm up and brush down towards my armpit and then move to the other arm. When brushing my torso I brush towards the heart. Brushing over the top of the breast I insist on the armpit, where there’s a concentration of lymphatic nodes. I finish off with small circular brushing around the neck and shoulders, avoiding the face where the skin is sensitive.
I then brush my abdomen from the left side to the right, and go around in circles to gently massage the colon. I insist on the hips and thighs as skin brushing is an excellent treatment for cellulite.
As a general guide, it is more beneficial to brush from the extremities towards the core of the body.
Always brush gently, and especially over the sensitive areas. In time, and with practice, your skin will become more resilient and endure more vigorous brushing. It is important to avoid brushing over bruises, cuts or irritated areas.
Dry Skin Brushing benefits are numerous and include:
- Accelerating toxin elimination
- Stimulating blood flow and circulation
- Reducing Cellulite
- Enhancing lymphatic flow
- Exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells
- Anti-aging through cell regeneration
- Stimulating both the sweat and sebaceous glands, thus contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin.
Brushing your whole body will take around 3 to 5 minutes. Always brush the skin when it’s dry, and follow with a hot shower to wash off the dead cells.
To complete a PERFECT detox, finish up with a Sauna Sweat or Detox Bath
Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter