Did You Know…that dry skin brushing helps stimulate the lymphatic system and detoxifies your body?
Your skin is crucial to your health. It is your body’s largest organ and its primary detox system—every day, a full pound of toxins is flushed out through your skin!
But your skin can’t eliminate toxins if your lymphatic system is sluggish and overworked. Toxins then build up, which shows up outwardly as dull, wrinkled skin, and inwardly as chronic disease.
Dry skin brushing is an effective way to make sure your lymphatic system is functioning optimally.
Skin Brushing Benefits
Your lymphatic system is a labyrinth of hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules that transport cellular waste from your tissues. When this system malfunctions, waste accumulates and leaves you vulnerable to illness.
Dry brushing your skin has significant benefits, because it:
Encourages the elimination of metabolic wastes
Deep cleans the skin’s surface of leftover soaps, lotions, and antiperspirants
Helps detoxify, promotes circulation, and improves digestion.
Reduces bloating (because massaging the lymph nodes helps to drain water and toxins from the body)
Helps to ease muscle tension
Keeps skin invigorated and exfoliated
How to Dry Brush Your Skin
Skincare experts recommend using a brush with firm vegetable bristles and a long handle for hard-to-reach places. The lymphatic system is made of one-way valves, and you want to follow its flow in order to encourage elimination. Be methodical with your brushing technique.
- Start with dry skin. Work your way up from your fingertips to your shoulders.
- Start at your lower back and brush up towards the shoulders.
- Brush down the neck towards the shoulders.
- Begin at your belly button, and then brush up to the center of your chest, around each breast, and then move up to each armpit.
- When brushing your lower body, start at the bottoms of your feet, and then work up the leg to the groin all the way to the belly button.
More expert tips: Skin brushing is best done before a shower. Skin should be dry, and always brush with gentle sweeping strokes toward the heart—beneficial for both circulation and your lymphatic system. Don’t rub too hard—your skin may be a little pink after a skin brushing session, but it shouldn’t be red.