Did you know you can reduce the burden on your kidneys by regular skin brushing? Sounds a bit far fetched, doesn't it? When you consider the facts, it does make sense.
The skin is the largest eliminating organ of the body. If we stimulate it in a constructive way, the skin increases its rate of elimination of toxic waste products. Less demands are then placed upon the kidneys.
In Each square centimetre of skin there are as many as three million cells, 15 sebaceous glands, 100 sweat glands, a metre of blood vessels, 3000 sensory cells, 4 metres of nerves, 200 pain detectors, 25 pressure sensors for touch, two cold sensors and two heat sensors.
All of these components have vital functions and, brushing is the surest way of stimulating them and improving their efficiency. This type of stimulation is positive and does not lead to exhaustion as do unnatural stimulants such as caffeine, tannins, alcohol etc.
Except when the skin is physically covered with dirt or grease, soap cannot clean it as effectively as a brush. Dry skin brushing
removes the dead cells from the surface of the skin, which would eventually shed off.
Because skin brushing contributes to cleansing the blood stream, it improves the skin everywhere on the body, although the skin that is brushed would benefit the most.
How to Skin Brush
Brushing should be carried out once or twice a day for best results, on rising before you dress and on retiring. If you are having a shower, skin brush before the shower so that the dead skin and other debris will be washed away.
Spend a few minutes brushing, working on each limb from the extremities towards the heart in a sweeping motion, the front of the trunk and on the back. You may find some areas sore to brush over, especially if they are fluidy and or cellulity areas, this is normal. Brush over these areas more and you'll find the discomfort will decrease as the toxin are moved on. Take care over damaged skin and varicose veins.
You can use a softer brush on the face area if you wish to face brush (the face is best brushed in a upward and outward motion, or a gentle circular motion.)
Please ensure that the brush is used dry. Using a good quality natural fibre brush is best, as synthetic brushes can damage the skin.
A really nice thing about skin brushing is that it warms the body up in less than a minute. In cold weather, the massaging effect instantly stops you feeling 'freezing' which is a much better way to start your day or get into bed.
Caring for your brush
Once you star body brushing, your brush is best to be used by you only, afterall you don't really want to share dead skin do you? Always use your brush dry as using it wet will wear it out quicker, and the bristles will become squashed and soft. Also using it wet will give lesser results. Ever 2 weeks or so it pays to wash your brush carefully with warm soapy water, then straighten the bristles and leave it out in the sun to dry fully. A well cared for, frequently used brush should give you 6 months of faithful service.