Dry Skin Brushing & Its Benefits

The skin is an organ of elimination just like the kidneys and the colon. More than one pound of waste products are eliminated through the skin every day. If the skin becomes inactive with its pores clogged with millions of dead cells, then impurities will remain in the body. The other eliminative organs, mainly the kidneys and liver, will have to increase their labor and will eventually become overworked. If toxins and wastes begin to build up in the tissues because the kidneys and the liver cannot cope with their job, then sooner or later disease will follow. We need to keep healthy and well functioning skin.

Does washing with soap and water actually do the job – deeply? Of course it’s still fun to jump into the tub, but once you start to skin brush, you won’t need to use harmful soap. This will make a big difference to the quality of your skin.

Dry skin-brushing will change the health of your whole body. Circulation, skin softness and quality, skin infections and irritations, whole body freshness, the prevention of colds and personal rejuvenation are all areas of improvement you can look for, when you make it a regular habit.

Benefits:

TIGHTENS Skin.
HELPS Digestion.
REMOVES Cellulite.
STIMULATES Circulation.
INCREASES Cell Renewal.
CLEANS Lymphatic System.
REMOVES Dead Skin Layers.
STRENGTHENS Immune System.
IMPROVES Exchange between Cells.
STIMULATES the Glands, thus helping
ALL of the Body Systems to perform at PEAK EFFICIENCY!

How To Do:

Buy a natural, not Synthetic, Bristle Brush, since it does not scratch the surface of the skin. (Health Food stores carry these for about $10.00) Buy a Brush with a long (detachable) handle, so that you’re able to get to the areas of your body that are not easy to reach, when doing your own skin brushing.

Skin Brush, before Showering or Bathing, at least once per day, and twice if possible. Do not wet skin, since it will not have the same effect, because this stretches the skin. Always skin brush towards the heart. Do circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen. Do lighter strokes over and around breasts, but do not brush the nipples. Brush each part of the body several times vigorously, completely brushing the whole body.

Brush the soles of the feet first, because the nerve endings there affect the whole body, next brush the ankles, calves, and thighs, then brush across your stomach and buttocks and lastly brush your hands to the upper arms.

Take a warm bath or shower, which should always be followed by a cool rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation and stimulate surface warmth.

Wendy McPhail, FDN-P, CNC, NBCCT

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