The skin is the largest organ in the body and is a major elimination pathway for over one-fourth of the body’s normal, daily detoxification. This means that the skin removes toxins that are being processed by other organs such as the kidneys, liver and colon, and also the lymphatic system. It eliminates over a pound of waste each day, mostly through the sweat glands. It is the first area to show signs of imbalance or deficiency. In Chinese medicine the appearance of the skin, including the color, texture and smell, is part of assessing health.
Our first impressions of others are influenced by how their skin looks and feels. In many ways, skin is a dividing line. We may have eye contact, speak to others, nod, glance, comment and laugh, but until we touch, we do not really connect with them. Clean, smooth, clear skin is considered beautiful, and yet our skin is not truly clean unless the old, dead layers are removed. The fastest way to do this is by dry brushing.
In order for your skin to shed properly, it needs to breathe. By sloughing off dry skin cells, the body has the opportunity to produce fresh, new ones. Your skin will immediately feel silkier and look healthier after brushing.
Helps prevent dry skin
Exfoliates – removes dead skin layers and unplugs pores
Stimulates skin renewal
Removes cellulite – better distributes fat deposits
Cleanses the lymphatic system
Strengthens the immune system
Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
Tightens the skin, preventing premature aging
Tones the muscles
Stimulates circulation, resulting in better metabolic cellular exchange
Improves the function of the nervous system
Increases the skin’s ability to absorb nutrients
The only tool needed is a soft, dry skin brush, preferably with natural bristles. See the Natural Cures™ website for guidelines on skin brushing, and our recommendations for the type of brush to use. It is important to wash your brush monthly with soap and water, allowing it to dry thoroughly, preferably in the sun.
After dry brushing and rinsing off, the skin is moist and receptive. It is the best time to apply nourishing oils that absorb quickly into the skin such as almond, jojoba, or emu. Application of a thin layer of oil to moist skin prevents pulling or dragging. The skin will not feel oily, but will retain its natural moisture.
Dry brushing stimulates detoxification by providing a gentle internal massage. Don’t forget to exercise and drink enough water to help flush toxins. Dry brushing is said to be as good for the body as 20 minutes of jogging, though it is not recommended as a substitute for exercise. The Russians, Turks and Scandinavians have used this treatment for centuries. We recommend it for health and beauty, and also to stimulate the lymphatic system, which affects the quality and appearance of our skin, as well as our overall health.
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