The Benefits of Dry Brushing in Detoxification

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It’s no secret that the skin is the largest organ in the body, but did you know that it’s responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day? The skin is considered one of the most important elimination organs that we have. Toxicity can gather beneath the skin’s surface from soaps, skin creams, antiperspirants, and synthetic fibers worn next to the skin. Any one of them can contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions.


  • The skin is the largest most important elimination 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

  • The skin is also known as our third kidney

  • The skin receives one-third of all the blood circulated in the body

  • 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 skin, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes, and dry brushing is a way to stimulate these organs into detoxification


1. Cleans the lymphatic system

Between the cells in all tissues are minute channels where fluid collects. The fluid is called lymph and helps nourish the body by transporting various nutrients such as salts, minerals, and proteins to all parts of the body. Lymph also collects the waste products generated by the cells of the body and turns them over to the blood. The blood then carries the toxins generated by cell metabolism to the lungs, kidneys, colon and skin for elimination.

When you do skin brushing, you help your lymph system to clean itself of the toxins that collect in the lymph glands. This process improves surface circulation on the skin and keeps the pores open, encouraging the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes and resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria.

The blood system has the heart to pump and keep it moving, but the lymph system has no help. Dry skin brushing breaks down lymph fluids that have thickened over time or if chronically ill. When the lymph fluid has a better flow consistency, it can produce more white blood cells, thus helping our bodies fight negative invaders. Regular dry skin brushing prevents stagnation and accumulation of the waste products that can deposit in our muscles, organs, and joints. 

2. Improve skin texture and cell renewal

Dry skin brushing helps shed dead skin cells which can improve skin texture and encourage cell renewal. Dry skin is a sign of detoxification, therefore it’s good to keep the process going by removing the dead skin daily.

3. Helps with toxin elimination

The skin is your body’s largest organ. When improperly maintained the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. So give your kidneys a break—keep your skin clean and rejuvenated. Do a dry brushing before your shower or bath to help stimulate blood flow to the surface so that toxins can more easily escape.

4. Tightens the skin and lessens the appearance of cellulite

Our bodies make a new top layer of skin every 24 hours – skin brushing removes the old top layer allowing the clean new layer to come to the surface resulting in softer smoother skin, thus lessens the appearance of “dimpling.”

5. Tones the muscles

Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. It also helps mobilize fat and helps to even distribution of fat deposits.

6. Stimulates circulation

Our skin breathes, and yet in most people, this vital route of detoxification is operating far below its capacity because it is clogged with dead skin cells and the un-removed waste excreted through perspiration. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed, and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energized and invigorated. 

7. Helps digestion

Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores. When you brush the pores of your skin open allowing your skin to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. Clogged pores are not just a cosmetic concern. Healthy breathing skin contributes to overall body health.

Dry skin brushing is a good way to energize your body in the morning and increases circulation. This is important because your skin releases up to 2 pounds of toxins daily. For best results, it should be done 5 or 6 days a week. Mornings are best because toxins are released and built up during sleep. Dry skin brushing helps you feel alert, and by removing the dead skin cells and stimulating more blood and lymph flow and circulation, it will help the skin to produce more oils from the unclogged pores. Oil glands are free to release more of their protective and moisturizing oils.

Once a day is sufficient. You should avoid brushing over open or inflamed skin areas. You’ll need a ‘natural’ bristle brush with a long handle, and this can be found at most department and health food stores. Get The Gloss, an expert health and beauty blog, has curated a list of tested and recommended body brushes. See the list here.

Skin brushing is done by brushing from the feet, up the legs, the back then the stomach and chest area. Always brush in the direction of the heart as lymph flows upward. When you reach the heart area, then brush down the arms, the underarms, then the back of the neck, the top of the chest (avoid brushing over the nipples), and finally very lightly on the sides of the neck in a downward motion.

The stiff natural vegetable fibers may seem too hard at first, but give yourself a week or two to get accustomed to dry skin brushing. You’ll find you get addicted to the energized feeling and clear mind you get from the process.

Should you decide to pamper yourself and indulge in a treatment that has dry brushing incorporated into it, The Spa at Yellow Creek has two very luxurious treatments to choose from:

  • Energizing Organic Optimal Boost (60 or 90 minutes) – This treatment will create a feeling of radiant elation. Begins with a stimulating dry brushing of the body to open receptors and boost circulation. Next, a massage with a warmed rare essential oil blend of berries, using special techniques, release shoulder, hip and leg tension. Hot towels placed on the feet and warm bags on the shoulders and torso create a sense of harmony and peace.

  • Wanderlust (60 or 90 minutes) – A full body massage to refresh and uplift, the treatment begins with a stimulating dry brushing of the body to boost circulation and enhance product penetration. A Swedish style massage is followed, designed to link earth and life through long flowing medium pressured techniques. Warm towels placed on the legs and feet and warm bags on the shoulders and torso create a sense of peace through the body

Anything we can do to help eliminate toxins from our body has to have multiple health benefits, and dry skin brushing is a quick, easy and natural way to achieve that.