Your body detoxifies constantly by way of organs, glands and transportation systems, including the gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. But guess which one is by far the largest? Your skin! In fact, your skin rids nearly 1/4 of your toxins every day (and yes, it's an organ). However, if you are slathering on toxic moisturizer,not skin brushing and exfoliating then you are missing out on an amazing and invigorating way to detoxify! One of my favourit ways to do (which I do almost daily) is dry skin brushing!
What is a Dry Brush? Where can I find one?
A dry brush is a brush made of dense stiff bristles. Make sure you purchase a brush made of natural fibers, not plastic or synthetic! Most health food stores will have dry skin brushes. Just make sure you purchase a brush that has bristles strong enough so that it feels comfortably uncomfortable. Meaning, not too soft, but doesn't scratch your skin either - somewhere in between. We carry the one I use and love in the joyous shop! Check out the dry skin brushes in the JOYOUS SHOP!
There are many reported benefits of skin brushing, including the following:
1. Skin detox
Sloughing off dead skin cells rejuvenates the skin and allows toxins to move out of the body.
2. Cleanse the lymphatic system
Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system connected to your immune system.
The Lymphatic System is a network of vessels that transport metabolic waste and important molecules to be cleansed by the lymphatic organs (spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes, liver and tonsils.) These important molecules include: fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K, foreign particles and microorganisms. If the lymph system is not flowing properly then the immune system does not get a chance to kill invading foreign particles and microorganisms. This includes cancerous cells. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system.
Did you know you have more lymph fluid in your body then you do blood? That's right, but your lymph fluid doesn't have a pump how your blood does. As long as the heart keeps pumping, the blood moves around and we stay alive. Since the lymphatic system does not have a pump it relies on muscle contraction (exercise), jumping (trampolines are a great way to stimulate), yoga and of course a great compliment to daily exercise is a regular dry brush before you shower to keep the lymph system flowing, stimulated and invigorated!
3. Get your glow-on!
Removing dead skin layers softens rough patches so your beautiful fresh skin can shine on through!
4. Helps to reduce cellulite and prevent it
Toxins are stored in fat and when we dry brush, it helps to eliminate toxins. Dry brushing = potential cellulite reduction!
5. Soft skin
When we dry skin brush, it clears the oil, dirt and residue from our pores. It's also going to stimulate the hormone and oil producing glands, giving us soft soothing skin!
6. Stimulates circulation
Unlike our circulatory system, our lymphatic system doesn't have a pump. However, when we dry skin brush, it acts like a manual pump which increases blood flow to aid in healing and carry nutrients throughout the body.
7. It's incredibly invigorating!
I would recommend dry skin brushing in the morning before you shower versus at night because it can actually be very stimulating! This is because it increases blood flow (much like exercise does) which is naturally going to give us a joyous boost of energy!
Go get dry skin brushing and let me know how fabulous you feel!