Why Caring for the Skin is so Important.
We all know that your skin is our largest organ, yet many of us don’t really take proper care of it. There are many different things that can be done to assist the health of your skin. This leads us to the importance of dry skin brushing.
I am a big fan of shower head water filters which remove most of the harsh chemicals that are used to clean the water. Of course, another area that can be addressed is the soap that a person uses as some of the commercial soaps are no better for your skin than the chemicals used to treat the water. But that is another post entirely. This article is to explain the importance, benefits, and steps involved in dry skin brushing.
The skin is our first line of defense against the outside world. And it does a great job of protecting us from a wide variety of hazards. The skin doesn’t only keep harmful things out. It is also utilized to excrete out unwanted materials in the form of sweat. Even excess vitamins and pharmaceuticals can be carried out to the surface of the skin in the form of sweat.
The skin also contains a myriad of sensory receptors that allow us to respond to sensations such as cold and heat. And even to various amounts of pressure. The skin is highly involved in the process of temperature regulation. It is also able to make vitamin D out of the UV rays of the sun (Patton and Thibodeau, 2016, p. 111-112).
The Benefits of Using a Dry Skin Brush
When a person engages in dry skin brushing there are many direct benefits to the skin. The most obvious one is that dry skin brushing is exfoliating. This means that it clears away dead skin and helps to open your pores. This increases circulation in your skin which assists in removing built up metabolic waste from your system.
Another benefit that dry skin brushing provides is it helps to move lymph in the body. The lymphatic system is critical to a person’s health. According to Patton and Thibodeau (2016), “In passing through the node, lymph is filtered so that the bacteria, cancer cells, virus-infected cells, and damaged tissue cells are removed and prevented from entering the blood and circulating all over the body” (p. 320).
Since the lymphatic system does not have its own pump to move fluid through the body like blood does. It relies on muscle movement in order to make its way to and through the nodes. Dry skin brushing assists lymphatic drainage helping your body to release the accumulated toxins.
As if these benefits were not enough, I have also seen reference to dry skin brushing helping with cellulite and even aiding in digestion and kidney function (Mercola, 2014).
The Steps Involved in Dry Skin Brushing
Now that you know some of the many benefits of dry skin brushing it is time to get into the details of how to do it. First of all, the brush that you select is important. It is important that you select a brush with natural bristles, like these here.
Once you have selected your brush it is time to begin adding it to your daily routine. What I have gotten into the habit of doing is dry skin brushing every morning when I get up. I start at the bottom of my feet and firmly brush in small circular movements always working toward my heart. After my feet I do my legs, then hips, stomach, chest, and back. I then start at my hands and work my way to my shoulders.
I avoid my face as the brush I use is too stiff and may tear the skin of my face. And any other sensitive area or spot where I have broken skin. For me, this is an invigorating way to start the day. Set a goal to give this routine a try for a few weeks and see the difference it makes for yourself.
Dr. Mercola, (2014). Dry Skin Brushing: Benefits and How To. Retrieved 12-13-2018 from https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/24/dry-skin-brushing.aspx
Patton and Thibodeau (2016). Structure and Function of the Body (15th ed.). St. Louis, MO. Elsevier