Importance of the Skin
- Skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body. An average adult has 21 square feet and 9 lbs. of skin.
- Skin is referred to by some as the “3rd Kidney”; it works in conjunction with the kidneys to release urea.
- Skin contains detoxifying enzymes and antioxidant systems to combat free radicals.
- Skin produces sweat; in addition to cooling the body, sweating is an important route of elimination of many toxins including heavy metals, drugs, insecticides, and food additives.
- Skin synthesizes Vitamin D, a crucial nutrient for a strong immune system and overall good health, from sunlight.
What is Skin Brushing?
Skin brushing is advocated by some to promote the health of the skin and help remove old, dead skin cells. It is generally recommended to brush the skin once each day, though it can be done more or less depending on the sensitivity of the skin and desired outcomes. Skin should be brushed when it is dry and is usually followed by a shower to help wash the loose skin cells off. Avoid brushing areas of sensitive skin, such as the face and groin. Do not brush irritated or damaged skin. If your skin becomes irritated or hurts while skin brushing, you may be brushing too hard or too frequently. There is no ideal duration for skin brushing. Some may move quickly and finish in a couple of minutes, while others may take 10 or even 20 minutes. Some recommend skin brushing in the morning, but benefits may be seen from skin brushing anytime during the day. Experiment and find the time and duration that feels best for you.
Skin Brushing Technique
Arrows show direction in which skin should be brushed to improve lymphatic drainage. Black dots indicate lymph nodes.
1. Using long strokes on limbs and a circular motion on joints, start from one foot and work up to the hips. Repeat on the other side.
2. Work from one hand, up the arm and to the shoulder. Repeat on the other side
3. Brush the stomach, sides, buttocks, and low back. This may be done with long strokes or a circular motion.
4. Finally, brush the upper back and chest to finish.
This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.