Dry brushing is an internal, lymphatic self massage that can cleanse the body of toxins by brushing the skin while it is dry. Most people have no idea that the skin is the largest, most important eliminative organ of the body. It is responsible for much of the body’s detoxification every day.
Your body releases toxins after they are processed by the liver. Sweat is a waste product that secretes through the pores of the skin. In the course of a normal day, your skin will eliminate about one to two pounds of this waste.
Over time, the skin's pores become clogged and less efficient. As it ages, skin is less able to shed its outer layer of dead skin cells. This is partly what causes the dry, papery look of older skin and is one of the main reasons you need to dry brush daily, to help slough off those old, dead skin cells and restore the skin to its optimal condition as a toxin screen.
The skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency.
THE BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING
Removes cellulite and cleanses the lymphatic system. Boosts and supports the immune system, even for those people who have serious conditions. Stimulates the nervous system, circulation, and hormone production. Contributes to better muscle tone and better distribution of fat deposits. Helps to create a renewed glow, suppleness, vitality and softness.
Always brush towards the heart with long sweeping strokes. You can start at the toes and brush upwards or start at the fingers and brush towards the shoulders, draining the lymph back to the heart. Avoid rashes or other irritated areas. Use light to strong pressure, depending on sensitivity of where you are brushing.
Dry brush once a day for 10 to 15 minutes, preferably in the morning, just before you shower (so you can wash off the impurities you have dislodged from brushing). You can also repeat brush any cellulite patches for five to ten minutes, twice a day. This will improve circulation and you may see some reduction. Be patient. It could take up to six months to see results.
Clean your skin brush once a month with soap and warm water. Make sure it dries out completely to avoid mildew. Laying it out in a sunny spot does the trick.