Help skin do its job: Add dry brushing to your morning routine
December 20, 2012
By Jesse Nattamai
The average person has anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 square inches of skin, and one of its jobs is to remove toxic wastes. Yet clothing, skin creams and environmental pollution can clog pores, making it more difficult for skin to function as an eliminating channel. In recent years, dry brushing has gained extensive attention for its toxic waste-eliminating benefits. It’s also easy to do and brings with it some other perks as well.
Why dry brush?
“The purpose of dry brushing is to remove the dead skin cells and the residue of catarrh and other wastes; then the skin can breathe and eliminate properly,” says Bernard Jensen, a renowned clinical nutritionist. He asserts that we should aim to rid out bodies of up to 2 pounds of waste a day, and dry brushing is a beneficial means of doing it.
In addition, when the body is regularly dry brushed, it opens up a method of elimination for the body to fully use. As a result, it can enhance the function of the lymph system, reduce cellulite, stimulate the immune system and boost circulation. Bruce Berkowsky, a leading authority on skin brushing, claims that the Japanese, Cherokee Indians and Greek athletes practiced dry brushing because of its positive impact on the entire body.
One other benefit you’ll love? Dry brushing can make your skin impressively soft and velvety, and can reduce ingrown hairs.
How to dry brush
Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author and wellness activist, advocates that dry brushing should be practiced before your shower using a natural bristle brush, or loofah gloves. Beginning at your feet, use circular and long strokes that move upward toward your heart. The skin should become a little pink — use gentle care on sensitive body parts, and avoid areas with breakouts.