The Scoop on Dry Brushing

Brushing your bare skin with a dry brush might not sound too appealing at first, but it’s taken the wellness world by storm. From doctors to celebs, everyone’s touting the health benefits of this ancient wellness ritual in which you slough dead skin cells off your body with a soft body brush.


Why dry brush?

Your skin is the body’s largest eliminative organ. Every day, your pores release toxins. Dry brushing helps with this elimination process, flushing the lymphatic system while stimulating blood circulation.


Every minute, your skin sheds about 30,000 dead skin cells, and these skin cells can stick to the body, clogging pores and making your skin look dull. Dry brushing helps your skin stay clean, exfoliated, and rejuvenated.


And just in case you needed more convincing, dry brushing encourages cell turnover and strengthens the skin’s internal structure, helping slow the effects of aging.


How to dry brush effectively

Always dry brush before hopping in the shower, when both your skin and the brush are dry.


Strip down and begin brushing the bottoms of your feet in firm, circular motions. Work your way up to the tops of the feet and then the legs, always stroking up toward the heart in long, overlapping sweeps. Once you get to your buttocks area, apply firm pressure to get the circulation going so you can break up fat deposits that contribute to cellulite. Continue the sweeping movements, and when you get to your stomach, apply clockwise motions, and then continue upward sweeps toward the heart.


Remember: certain areas of your body will be more sensitive than others, so change the applied pressure accordingly.


Don’t forget to dry brush your armpit area! Multiple lymph nodes are in this area, so apply circular motions here to help drain the lymphatic system.


The low-down on your delicate facial skin

Once you’re done with your body, switch brushes to a gentler one specifically made for delicate facial skin.  Begin with gentle upward strokes on the neck and then move up to the jawline, applying upside down U shapes along the cheeks and lips. Apply short, upward strokes as you work your way up the bridge of the nose and then up to the forehead. Remember: don’t brush too harshly. You’re brushing delicate facial skin, not scrubbing a floor.


Next, jump in the shower and wash with natural face scrub to finish the exfoliation process. After your shower, moisturize with a rejuvenating oil. Your skin will be glowing in no time!


At first, your skin might get red and feel irritated. This is normal at first, but if redness persists, discontinue the practice and consult a dermatologist.


Care and keeping of your dry brush

Remember, a clean brush contributes to clean skin! After brushing, spray the bristles with an organic tea tree spray. Once a week, wash it with organic soap and let it dry out in the sun.


Have you tried dry brushing yet? We’d love to hear how it’s worked for you!

Rebecca is a freelance writer and creative director who loves writing about health, wellness, and living the good life outdoors. She lives in the Ohio countryside with her husband and Australian Shepherds, and when she's not writing, she's playing piano and guitar in her folk-rock band.

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