The skin is the largest organ on the human body. It’s also the only organ that’s on the outside of the body and is the only organ we’re guaranteed to see every day. Oddly enough, the skin is also the most neglected and abused organ we have (other than maybe our livers). We cover it in toxic cosmetics and skincare products that are absorbed into the body and wonder why, after years of abuse, our complexion is mottled and our skin looks unhealthy.
It’s time we all start taking better care of our skin.
It’s important to realize our skin isn’t just there to make us look pretty. It’s a barrier between the inside of our bodies and the outside world. Perhaps even more importantly, it’s an exit route for toxins and our body excretes more than a quarter of the toxins in the body through the skin each and every day.
Waste Excreted Through the Skin
Dead skin cells are the number one form of bodily waste the skin needs to get rid of. As new skin cells form, the old skin cells die and slough off, at a rate of more than 30,000 skin cells per minute. In addition to dead skin cells, sweat glands in the skin are used by the body as a pathway to flush out small amounts of toxins, along with extra minerals the body doesn’t need.
Skin excretes a mixture of lactic acid, water, salt, urea, carbon dioxide and trace amounts of other toxins and minerals the body is attempting to rid itself of. Also, the skin excretes sebum, which is an oily substance used by the body to prevent skin from drying out.
How Dry Body Brushing Helps the Skin
Dry body brushing can help the skin by removing dead skin cells that are building up at the surface of skin. Brushing your skin regularly with a natural body brush can have the following health benefits:
Soft, supple skin that has a nice glow to it.
Reduced chance of acne developing.
It stimulates the lymphatic system.
Improved muscle tone.
Cell regeneration is stimulated, resulting in reduced appearance of both scars and stretch marks.
Reduced appearance of cellulite. Body brushing can help evenly distribute fat deposits, so those tell-tale cellulite dimples aren’t as obvious.
Improved circulation. May reduce the risk of varicose veins.
How to Dry Brush the Skin
Dry body brushing is easy. All you’re going to need is a natural body brush that has firm bristles and a long enough handle to where you can reach your entire body. Follow these directions to dry brush your skin:
The best time to brush your skin is when you wake up in the morning. Brush your skin before taking your morning shower.
Brush your skin in the direction of your heart. Your lymphatic system flows toward your heart, so brush strokes should always be in that direction. Start at your hands or feet and brush in long strokes up your arms and legs, respectively. Brush the rest of your body, taking care to always brush toward your heart. You don’t have to spend a lot of time brushing. A good dry body brushing session usually takes around 5 minutes.
After brushing your entire body, take a shower to wash away any dry skin cells and impurities you may have lifted from the skin.
Moisturize your skin with a natural moisturizer like coconut oil.
Don’t forget to wash your brush! You don’t want to add toxins back to your skin. Wash it with water and a gentle natural cleaner like castile soap.
SOURCE: HEALTHY SMART GREEN
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