Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dry Skin Brushing - Cheap, easy, healthy.

I've done dry skin brushing for years and while I can't claim to be cellulite free, it has helped the general texture of my skin and I like to think it's made me feel better. I fully acknowledge this could be some sort of placebo effect, but if it works, does that matter? Sometimes just doing little things for yourself make you feel better about yourself. And if you take 30 seconds to take care of your skin daily, I think that inner glow of self-care shows up in other areas. Here are the other benefits of dry-skin brushing. This is from the website I originally read about dry skin brushing in a health magazine and got my current brush from Walgreens for maybe $6.00 about three years ago.

Did You Know?

The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day?

The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands?

That the skin is known also as our third kidney?

That the skin receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body?

That the skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency?

Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. The dry brushing technique deals with detoxification of the skin.

Dry brushing is a way to stimulate all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage.

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:

1. Removes cellulite

2. Cleanses the lymphatic system

3. Removes dead skin layers

4. Strengthens the immune system

5. Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands

6. Tightens the skin preventing premature aging

7. Tones the muscles

8. Stimulates circulation

9. Improves the function of the nervous system

10. Helps digestion

11. AND it’s easy, inexpensive and invigorating!


  1. Eileen,
    while I am not a new age type at all, I have a true belief in the therapeutic benefits of massage, which dry brushing seems to share the attributes of. And I am a scrubber, so I think I will go out and buy the long handled brush and try this out.
    I did a search on it, and it looks like a good way to take care of myself.
    Thanks for bringing it up.

  2. Antionette, I too am a big believer in both massage and accupuncture. We had a terrible time getting pregant with my second son and a doctor suggested accupuncture. I was pregnant within two months. I don't think it was magical, but I do think it helped alleviate stress and stimulate certain hormones. They now offer accupuncture at many major hospitals as eastern and western medicine begins to merge. And I think taking from all the new age as well as traditional medicine is the way to go!

    An aside, good wishes for Tuesday! I'll be sending good thoughts. Eileen