By Christina Pasternak — One of many Hair and Skin blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
Did you know we release up to a pound of toxins through our skin, our largest eliminative organ, each day? That’s about a quarter of the total waste excreted from our body on a daily basis. Though we can’t see what’s going on inside our body, our skin usually tells us. Skin abnormalities, such as acne, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis are signs that we’re in need of some toxic dumping, but when our skin is clogged full of dead cells, our toxins get stuck in a traffic jam and have nowhere to go. Instead, they get reabsorbed into the body, taxing our kidneys and liver, or stored in fat cells, which can contribute to cellulite.
Dry brushing is a simple and inexpensive way to keep our skin clear of clogging debris, which can significantly assist in our body’s natural detoxification process. This is especially important if you are recently incorporating more nutritive foods into your diet - specifically fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, such as green smoothies.
When you start to give your body the nutrients it needs for optimal organ and systemic functioning, your body will start expelling toxins at an increased rate. Your body can use all the help it can get during this process, especially considering detoxification symptoms often include skin eruptions. When I first started drinking green juice (which aids in detoxification much more intensely than smoothies), I began getting eczema on my legs for the first time in my life. Once I started dry brushing before my morning shower, and moisturizing with coconut oil, the condition eventually subsided.
When starting a dry brushing regimen, select a natural-bristle brush (vegetable bristle brushes are typically preferred, rather than synthetic fiber brushes). They can usually be found at a health food store or online. Look for a brush with a long handle so you can get to your back and other hard-to-reach areas with minimal difficulty.
Once you start incorporating dry brushing into your skincare routine, it’s important to be consistent. After about a month, you will start to notice some of the benefits outlined above, with significant results after 90 days of regular brushing. Just like any good habit, it takes commitment before it becomes part of your routine. Your body will certainly thank you for it with glowing skin, less ingrown hairs, less cellulite, and a deeper level of detoxification.
Lastly, always remember that the key to beautiful skin is internal balance. Our skin can only be as healthy as the food and lifestyle choices we make. This means a diet rich in health-promoting foods, drinking lots of water, regular exercise, and getting adequate, restful sleep. Your skin is truly a reflection of your health, so be good to yourself - inside and out.
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