Dry brushing is one of my favorite skin workouts to do before I hop in the shower or tub. I’ve been dry brushing my skin for a while now. It feels great and makes my skin softer and yummy to the touch. Skin brushing is a healthy habit to have. So, let’s get to it.
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.
In dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.
Benefits of Dry Brushing:
Lymphatic Support: the lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system.
Exfoliation: helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin.
Reduces Cellulite: dry brushing greatly helps to reduce cellulite.
Selecting a Dry Brush:
I use a firm, natural bristle brush which we carry in our online shop.
A warning for sensitive skin types. Pay attention to what works for you and your body. If you have sensitive skin or a history of eczema or other skin conditions, this is one health habit you may want to go super slow or skip. Aggressive skin brushing could irritate sensitive skin over time. As long as you don’t ignore warning signs like discomfort, itchiness, redness, or even pain, done the right way, a dry brushing session should benefit most people. Avoid sensitive areas, don’t use overly firm bristles, and stop if bothersome symptoms occur.
How to Dry Brush - The Method:
Dry brushing can be done daily over the whole body, preferably in the morning before showering. Start with a gentle brush and soft pressure. Work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time. I brush before showering and use a natural lotion after showering.
Here’s How to Dry Brush the Skin:
Brush each section 10 times. Brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains. As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.
Start at the feet: brush the bottoms of the feet and up the legs in short, smooth strokes. Then I do a few long strokes from feet to the top of thighs.
Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart.
On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
Breast area: brush under and on top (not directly on breast) to armpit.
Derriere: brush each side over to front groin area where you have a major lymph ducts.
Repeat on the back. Lower and upper back straight up to heart. I know backs are hard to reach so, do the best you can. You can also use a brush with a long handle.
Neck area: I like to do gentle downward strokes straight down towards the heart.
Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. My skin is slightly pink after brushing, but it should never be red or stinging. If it hurts at all, use less pressure.
Replace the brush every 9-12 months, as the bristles will eventually wear out. I also recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.
There you have it! A skin workout that has many health benefits. There is never a better time than now to start.
Repeat on the back. Lower and upper back straight up to the heart. I know backs are hard to reach so, do the best you can. You can also use a brush with a long handle.