Dry skin brushing for enhanced detoxification

by | Apr 26, 2011 | Columns, Featured, Optimum Health

Dry skin brushingYour skin is the largest eliminative organ. Healthy skin should eliminate two pounds of waste acids every day. Skin brushing before dressing, and before every bath, will remove the top layer of dead skin that would otherwise block the effective elimination of toxins through the skin. You can look closely at the iris (colored part of the eyes) in the mirror and tell how well your skin is eliminating.

If you can see a darker ring around the very most outer edge of the iris, you have what is called a scurf ring. Seeing a scurf ring always indicates that your skin is not eliminating toxins well, and it is being reflected on the iris of the eye. It is not a disease of the eye but simply a reflex sign of an overload of toxins at the level of the skin. You can observe your eye and watch it improve as you progress with your detox protocol.

You will need:

  • Natural Fiber Skin Brush with a long handle. (NEVER USE A SYNTHETIC BRISTLE BRUSH — these can cause an adverse electrical charge on the body.)


  • Use this brush dry, without any soaps or water, prior to bathing or dressing. It should take you about 5 minutes or so, brushing your entire body, except the face.
  • Brush in all directions, but generally moving towards the heart. Imagine you are brushing the lymph fluid up from your feet, up the legs toward your heart.
  • Do the same with the upper body, starting at the hands and moving lymph fluid up the arm towards the shoulder and on to the heart.
  • Reach to the lower back area and brush the lymph up the spine and sides, moving it up and over the shoulders to the heart.
  • Your skin may at first be very sensitive, and you may think that you are scratching and hurting the skin. Make sure you are not damaging the skin, but after a week or so of doing this you will usually find that it feels good.
  • You may be able to find a special face brush to use on your face.


  • Accelerates toxin elimination while enhancing lymphatic flow as it cleans the lymphatic system.
  • It helps to exfoliate/remove the dead skin cells, which helps improve cell renewal and your skin texture and complexion.
  • Strengthens the immune system by helping digestion
  • It stimulates circulation
  • Helps to tighten the skin because it increases the flow of blood.
  • Helps combat and eliminate cellulite
  • The practice improves muscle tone.

Always follow your dry skin brush with a shower or bath, in order to remove any toxins and dead skin that have been released.

Consider taking one of these baths afterwards:
Hydrogen Peroxide and Epson Salt Detox Bath
Strengthening/Nutritive Bath for Detox Relief

Buy your natural fiber brush now, click here.
How often? Daily
How long? 3-5 minutes

Do you dry skin brush?  Share your experiences.

  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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