The glow of children’s faces, their rosy cheeks, and their tight and resilient skin are precious trademarks of youth. While you may never regain that porcelain-like quality, there is a lot you can do to have resilient, beautiful skin at any age.
I had never realized that when old skin died if it was not removed from the surface, the new skin would suffocate. That was when I began using a natural-bristle skin brush (dry) before I bathed. If you stand on dark-colored poster board and “skin brush” yourself, you will have all the proof you require to support this healthy practice.
Your skin has its own immune system. By that, I mean it has specialized enzymes that no other part of your body possesses. The skin, your largest organ, has so much hormonal activity that medical researchers refer to it as another endocrine gland. Your skin cannot function without hormones.
Clog the pores of your skin, cutting off its ability to breathe, and you will impair your body’s first line of defense against germs and toxins.
Think of the skin as the surface layer of the real you and the reflection of your vitality. Like a lampshade that glows with the light from a bulb, your skin reveals to others your level of vitality or chi. Chi, or qi, is the life force. Science identifies the same “element” as photons (the smallest identifiable particles of light) that ride the waves of your body’s electromagnetic current. When this current reaches very high levels, it interacts with oxygen molecules in the air near the surface of your skin, ionizing them and producing a luminescence, which is your aura.
Youngsters with radiant skin tones have a glow that those in their twilight years do not. For the latter, it is as if the light has dimmed and the skin shade reveals darkness.
For electricity to flow, it must have conductivity. That is why your skin’s moisture level is so important. It is also, why people who have dry, dull skin lack that appealing quality of personal magnetism. It is all about your skin battery’s charge.
The Flow of Chi
From the standpoint of traditional Chinese medicine, your body is mapped with meridians, or pathways, of polarized strings of water molecules that allow the flow of Chi. Along these channels, the water absorbs radiations of external energy via acupoints, or energy holes (or sinks). Think of this as a network of underground streams with springs of sweet water found along each stream.
The free-flowing current of energy in the surface layers of your skin is crucial.
Both the sweat glands, which bring moisture, cooling, and elimination of toxins, and the sebaceous glands, which release anabolic hormones to grow healthy new skin, are incredibly important. They must remain unclogged for the sake of your health and your reserves of life force. You need lots of healthy fiber, both soluble and insoluble, in order to beat up dangerous LDL cholesterol, which clogs not only arteries but also the pores of your skin. Foods high in lignin, like flaxseed meal (two tablespoons are equal in lignin content to 30 cups of broccoli), are one of the best ways of improving skin and removing heavy metals. You should also add doses of the anti-stress hormone DHEA and the sleep hormone melatonin (which, incidentally, are abundantly concentrated in the skin).
New studies from Temple University confirm that skin cancers cannot get started if enough DHEA is present, and the University of Zurich published a study stating that melatonin protects against UV radiation. If you add high levels of hydration and exercise, plenty of sleep, and at least an eighty-five percent raw food diet, I believe you will have resilient, beautiful skin at any age!
Our skin is an organ of elimination. The human body excretes about one-third of its toxins through the skin pores. In the process of dry brushing, we eliminate toxins trapped in the skin.
How to Perform Dry Brushing
Buy yourself a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body. Perform the brushing in a bathtub or tiled surface to catch the falling skin.
Begin brushing by starting at your feet and move in long sweeping motions in the direction of your heart. Always brush in the direction of your heart.
Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go. Take care over areas that are more sensitive. In time, your skin will become less sensitive but remember you have to brush not to bruise.
Once you have brushed your whole body, take the shower. A good idea is to alternate between the hottest water temperature you can tolerate and the coldest. This stimulates blood circulation and brings more blood to the top layers of the skin.
After the shower, pat dry skin and apply a natural oil like coconut oil or a combination of coconut and sesame oil.
Remember to clean your brush with soap and water once a week. Leave the brush to dry in a clean, sunny spot to avoid any mildew accumulation.
Try this for 30 days and see the results for yourself!