The skin is one of the body's most important eliminative organs. It is responsible for one-fourth of the Body's detoxification each day. Toxicity from soaps, creams and anti-perspirants can get deposited in the skin and contribute to a variety of skin problems.
The lymphatic system can clean itself of the toxins that collect in the lymph nodes. You can help the lymphatic system to move out the wastes by dry skin brushing before you shower. Plus, it helps your skin feel softer and look less dry by getting rid of dead skin cells and activating sebacious glands to lubricate the skin.
Buy a natural-bristle brush, not a synthetic-bristle brush. It needs to have a long handle so you can brush the hard-to-reach places on your body. Wash your brush every few weeks in water and allow it dry.
Brush your skin once or twice a day. Do not wet the brush or your skin prior to brushing. Do not brush the face or the nipples. Brush each part of your body gently and do not make the skin red. Don't brush over open skin lesions or any skin disease.
Exfoliation of the skin is an important part of Asian health maintenence. The cultures that practice it reap the benefits into their old age. In Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, the skin is related to the lungs and the large intestine--two important eliminative organs of the body. The immunity is referred to as the Wei Qi and it is on the surface of the skin during the day. So, the skin not only helps to get pathogens out of the body, it also stops us from picking up pathogens from the exterior. Also, the skin reflects the integrity of all organs of the body--as seen in acupuncture theory and practice. So, by keeping your skin in good condition, you are keeping your entire body in good condition.