The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for 1/4 of the body’s detoxification every day, making it one of the most important elimination organs. Skin that is clogged with toxins and dead cells cannot function properly because the toxins are not able to be eliminated, and with the use of chemical soaps, skin creams, deodorants and synthetic fibres worn on the body, toxicity can gather beneath the skins surface pretty quickly. While most of us tend to regularly exfoliate the skin on our face, we usually forget about the rest of the body. Dry skin brushing on a daily basis helps to keeps the pores unclogged by removing these dead skin cells, amongst many other healthful benefits, such as:
- Tightens skin
- Removes cellulite
- Stimulates circulation
- Stimulates the glands
- Increases cell renewal
- Cleans lymphatic system
- Helps digestion
- Improves exchange between cells
- Strengthens immune system
Its totally cost effective, easy and will give your skin a healthier, natural glow.
What you will need:
A simple, natural bristle brush. You can find these at your local health food store or online and they only cost a few pounds. My favourite brush is from Hydrea London which is available for purchase at Content Beauty. Make sure you buy one with natural bristles though and not synthetic ones, as these can be harsh and irritating to the skin.
How to do it:
Begin on dry skin, starting with the soles of the feet working your way upwards, to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Work in long circular movements always towards the heart. Starting of with gentle strokes, gradually increasing the pressure over the first few days until you get used to the sensation. After dry brushing, shower to ensure you wash away dead skin cells and impurities. and moisturise if necessary. I like to use my homemade body butter or coconut oil, as it leaves my skin feeling smooth and nourished.
Below is a great diagram showing the direction in which to brush: