I was introduced to Dry Skin Brushing in my immunology class during acupuncture school. It is a technique that I have used off and on throughout the years and I can attest, that when I do it regularly, I notice health improvements as well as glowing skin. I have not done it lately and am committing myself to doing it daily for the next thirty days. Join me in this challenge, it will improve your health.

Dry Skin Brushing

  • The skin is the largest elimination organ in the body. It is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day.
  • Our skin eliminates over one pound of wastes each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands.
  • The skin closely related to the lungs and the kidneys two other major detoxification organs.
  • The skin receives one third of the blood circulated through the body.
  • The skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, and often first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency.

Detoxification occurs through a number of organs, glands, and systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes.

Dry skin brushing to can be used alone or in conjunction with a balanced detoxification program, like The 21 Day Purification program by Standard Process.

The dry skin brushing technique helps detoxify the skin and support a full body detoxification.

Dry Brushing was recommended by the Finnish Dr. Paavo Airola for his patients 30 years ago and is still popular in European spas and many cancer treatment centers today. The Russians, Turks and Scandinavians have used this treatment for centuries. Dry brushing is promoted as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch, but there are many other benefits as well:

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing Explained:

Cleanses the lymphatic system Tones the muscles
Strengthens the immune system Stimulates circulation
Removes dead skin layers Improves the function of the nervous system
Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands Helps digestion
Can lessen cellulite Reduces risk of cancer
Tightens the skin preventing premature aging AND it’s easy, inexpensive and invigorating!

What You Need To Do Dry Brushing:

To dry brush, use a soft natural fiber brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. One with a removable head with a strap for your hand is a good choice.

Tips and Tricks for Dry Brushing:

  • Always dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.
  • You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head.  It really doesn’t matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart.

Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

  • Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.
  • Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good. You can also dry brush areas of cellulite five to 10 minutes twice a day to achieve cellulite dissolving but the technique needs to be done consistently for a minimum of five months.
  • Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts, and infections. Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy.
  • Finish up with your regular shower and ending with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with either hot or cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
  • After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as olive, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter. Add a little peanut and Castor oil to the mix if you have arthritis. Edgar Cayce says this works to take out some of the pain, and we’ve found that to be true over the years.
  • Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.
  • Any well designed program will take about 30 days to see and experience the changes. Please be patient and keep up the program! For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.

How to Dry Brush (Easy, Fast Instructions):

  • Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
  • Continue brushing up your legs.
  • Proceed to your hands and arms.
  • Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
  • Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
  • Lightly brush the breasts.
  • Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.

For greater detail on this technique refer to http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/HealingTechniques/Dry_Brushing_Technique.htm, youtube also contains useful video to guide in performing this technique.

Detoxification Support Through Dry Skin Brushing

3 thoughts on “Detoxification Support Through Dry Skin Brushing

  • August 28, 2010 at 11:54 AM
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    Skin brushing has been around for more than 30 years. Joe Pilates encouraged his students to skin brush back in 1940’s,as told by my teacher and Pilates Elder Ron Fletcher.

  • June 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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    Since having my left armpit lymph nodes removed for breast cancer almost three years ago, I have learned a lot about the wonder and importance of the lymph system. I have been on the lookout for ways to stimulate my lymph system, and I will definitely join in on a 30 day dry skin brushing plan. One question: do you need to shower after every brushing. I don’t shower every day.

  • June 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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    You don’t HAVE to shower after each brushing. Just be sure when you shower you dry skin brush BEFORE the shower. I do think this will be a good practice for you and you can focus the brushing around areas of discomfort and congestion.

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