Renata on Raw (repost from August 22, 2007)
In the last newsletter I mentioned how the skin helps to eliminate toxins from the body. The skin is actually the largest elimination organ of the body. On average it weighs about 9 pounds.
Considering the skin’s importance we can give it a little help to make its life easier and its appearance radiant and healthy with hardly any financial expenditure. It takes only a simple natural brush and a mere few minutes a day to brush your skin towards the exuberant glow. By removing the dead skin cells, you will facilitate the opening of the pores for an easy exit of the toxins such as uric acid crystals.
Be gentle with yourself in the beginning, you have the rest of your life to practice this detox regimen. Start at the bottom of your feet, proceed to the legs, arms (lift them) and brush towards your colon in a circular fashion. Back, abdomen and chest need your loving attention as well. The women want to brush around their breasts. The procedure takes about 2 -5 minutes and will highly increase the efficiency of your lymphatic system.
If you ever had a lymphatic drainage massage you know how good you felt afterwards. If not, you might just want to make an appointment with your massage therapist and experience the lightness after such an treatment.
Every skin brushing needs to be followed up with a shower to clean away the debris. Natural soaps are the best. Please avoid those fancy shower gels, shampoos and whatnot. Have you read the labels lately? Chemical concoctions at their best. My motto is: If I can’t pronounce it I don’t want it on my skin or to ingest it.
The skin is a two-way road. What you put on your skin gets into your body. Likewise, what is in your body comes out via the skin. I am really careful with skin care products. Often, the best skin care products are right in your raw kitchen such as an avocado, coconut oil or the moist skin of a peeled cucumber.
Avocado helps to ease dry skin on your heels, organic coconut oil gives your whole body a luxurious, tropical richness, and the peeled cucumber skin feels cooling on your face, especially for us in the south experiencing the 100 degree heat.