It’s the time of year to revisit our health goals and create habits that will keep us staying vibrant and lively.
Skin brushing is a quick daily practice that not only cleanses and exfoliates our skin but also eliminates metabolic waste and promotes circulation of our lymphatic system.
Our Lymphatic system is a major part of our body’s immune system comprised of a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, cellular waste and other unwanted materials. Comprised mainly of white blood cells, the lymph fluid and organs make and transport these immune cells throughout the body to fight infection and remove debris. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow metabolic waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination- a process known as lymphatic drainage.
When your lymphatic system isn’t working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Because our body doesn’t have a pump for the lymphatic system, movement is essential for its function. The lymph fluids rely on muscle contractions such as exercise, dance and play and through skin brushing we can manually help drain and circulate our lymphatic system.
The technique I recommend for optimal skin brushing is long smooth strokes with light pressure (you want the skin pink, not red) along every surface of the skin in the direction towards the heart (see picture). Do not scrub or massage the skin while brushing. This process is done without water and is best when done daily. It will leave you and your skin glowing and healthy.
Written by Dr. Brooke Weitz, Naturopathic Medicine