So far we have covered why we should detox, the top ways we are exposed to toxins that we aren’t aware of, and which food help versus hurt our detox potential, it’s time to talk about how we can help our skin to achieve its maximum detox potential.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It is a semi-permeable membrane meaning while some substances are stopped from going in, not everything is. This is the main reason it is so important to be mindful of what we put on our skin, as most of it gets absorbed and reaches the blood stream.
The skin also provides a large potential for detoxification, via sweating. Exercise is a critical component of detox as it allows us to sweat out and liberate toxins. In order for your skin to work as an efficient detox organ, the pores must be nice and open. In today’s blog I will cover two simple changes to make to your daily routine that will significantly increase your skin’s detox potential
Dry Skin Brushing- Takes only five minutes to do and has many health benefits including:
- Exfoliates Dead Skin- The friction of the dry skin brush helps to remove dead skin which unclogs pores allowing toxins that are trapped below the surface to be eliminated
- Stimulates the Lymph System- The pattern used for dry skin brushing helps encourage lymph back to the heart where it can be collected
- Reduces Cellulite- Dry skin brushing helps to stimulate cells, remove collection of fluid and increase collagen.
- Stress Relief- Similar to massage, touch from dry skin brushing can help to lower our stress hormone cortisol.
- Epsom Salt Baths- Epsom salts are composed of magnesium sulphate. The sulphate component is used by the liver in to help make toxins more water soluble for excretion. Magnesium has a calming effect on the body and reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
Now that you know why you should do Dry Skin Brushing and Epsom Salt Baths here is how to do them!
Dry Skin Brushing How To’s
- Use a natural bristle brush with a long handle
- Remove clothing and stand in shower stall or bathtub
- Do not wet skin
- Start at the bottom of your feet and move in long sweeping gentle motions towards your heart
- Brush each area several times, more lightly over sensitive areas
- Once you have finished, shower or bathe as usual
Epsom Salt Bath How To’s
- Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to warm bath water
- Stir with your hand to allow salts to absorb
- Soak for at least 15 minutes for maximum benefit
I hope you find this little routine change easy to implement!
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Dr Alexis practices in Carleton Place at Healthy Impact Naturopathic