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Dry Skin Brushing and Washing
Publish date: Feb 8, 2013
Summary: Up close, skin cells look like they have little mouths. Those pores are holes that go inside your body, so keeping your skin clean is as important as choosing a healthy diet.
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Whatever you put on your skin goes into your blood. You should only put on your skin what is safe to go into your mouth.
The little mouths in the skin, through which the body breathes, become clogged, thus making it impossible to eliminate impurities through that channel. This throws a double burden upon the other excretory organs, and disease is soon produced (Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 101).
Keep Your Pores Open
Your skin expels three per cent of the carbon dioxide produced by your body. And about three per cent of the oxygen used by your body enters through pores in your skin. It is very important that you keep your pores clean and open.
A young woman was covered in gold paint for a movie part. After only a few hours, she had to be taken to hospital.
Another young woman took her place on the movie set. This time, a small area of skin was left unpainted just to keep her alive. Even so, she only lasted a couple of hours before she too began to get sick and had to be cleaned off. This story shows how important it is to keep your pores unclogged.
Did you know that 80% of house dust is made up of dead skin cells sloughed off by our bodies? Dead skin cells must be removed daily to keep the skin clean and the pores open. You might think that the best way to be clean is to use lots of soap and water. But, when you put soap on your skin, the soap creates a film through which dead skin cannot slough off. Soap also causes your skin to feel tight and forms a layer of material that prevents skin from breathing.
Dry brushing is an excellent alternative to using soap, and has these benefits:
• Removes dry, dead skin cells
• Helps to keep pores unclogged and open
• Allows skin to breathe properly
When you dry brush, remember the following:
• Dry brush your skin before you exercise in the morning.
• Use a softer complexion brush for your face.
• Use a good quality brush. Bernard Jensen brushes are well made and use vegetable fibre bristles, which don’t cut the skin.
Learn about dry brushing techniques in the video below:
Upon rising in the morning, most persons would be benefited by taking a sponge or hand bath. This will remove all impurities from the skin, and keep it moist and supple, thereby aiding the circulation (Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 107).
The simplest way to wash the skin is with a hand bath. A hand bath is simply putting water on the skin with your hands and wiping it off with your hands. The skin of the hand gently cleans the skin of the body.
Showering with a Loofah Sponge
A loofah sponge is a tropical or subtropical fruit like a cucumber. Once the fruit is dried, it becomes fibrous and can be used in the shower to remove dead skin. You can buy loofahs in stores that sell natural bath products.
For best results:
• Scrub the skin toward your heart. Stroke the body from the head down toward the heart and from the arms up toward the heart. Stroking toward the heart stimulates your lymphatic system.
• Keep the water as hot as you can stand it, but at the end of your shower, turn on the cold water to further stimulate the lymphatic system.
• After showering, make a fist and tap your breast bone in double strokes, thirty times. This super-activates your immune system, stimulating the production of disease fighting blood cells.
Read more about building beautiful skin in the next article.
This article is adapted by Tammie Burak from Our External Thermometer, a lecture from Dr. Rudy Davis' series Healthy from the Inside Out. Tammie Burak is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about topics of faith, health, nature, and education. She writes for both children and adults.
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