What You Need to Know About Dry Brushing {How to & Benefits}

by | Jul 20, 2016 | Body & Skin Care, Diet & Detox, Holistic Health, Natural Beauty & Cleaning

Hello my healthy readers,

Have you heard of dry brushing?

This is something that I’ve incorporated in my sporadic morning routines for the past few years and I absolutely love it. Dry brushing is brushing of the skin in a particular way to exfoliate and is typically done in the mornings before showering…you know so you’re not all sweaty and dirty.

I typically will dry brush about 3-4 days a week but have heard of others dry brushing every day. The main reason that got me into dry brushing was the exfoliation aspect of it however, after multiple uses over time and researching more into it throughout the years I have found that my little dry brush does more than just exfoliate my skin.

What You Need to Know About Dry Brushing {How to & Benefits}

What type of Dry Brush Do I Use?

I use this awesome bristle brush as well as another one I picked up at Natural Grocers. This works great as I am able to reach every part of my body with it because it has a handle. Although convenient to buy on amazon, you might want to feel for yourself before buying, luckily dry brushing has become a bit more popular and is being sold in your local health food stores such as Natural Grocers (my all time favorite). What you need to look for when purchasing your dry brush is that it is natural bristle and not synthetic or nylon, also one with a handle is nice so you can reach all areas of your body.

What You Need to Know About Dry Brushing {How to & Benefits}

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Exfoliates Dead Skin: 

The main reason why I started dry brushing was for exfoliation. By brushing the skin firmly, your brush is able to remove layers of dead skin cells. As we age it is recommended that we exfoliate at least twice a week to help rejuvenate the skin and cells.Dry brushing also helps to improve the skin’s texture making it nice and soft as well as help prevent premature aging.

Clears Pores: 

Through exfoliation, we are not only removing dead skin but the dirt, toxins and oil with it. Having cleared all this from our beautiful skin gives it the chance to renew it self. Also the shower afterwards is helpful in cleansing, but be sure to be conscious of what products you’re putting on your skin in the shower because you don’t want to fill it back up with toxins.

Reduces Cellulite: 

A claim many people have seemed to notice through regular dry brushing is that it helped to reduce cellulite. By helping to stimulate the cells, break down toxins and release fatty deposits under the skin as well improving the skin’s texture as mentioned above are all great reasons to believe that dry brushing really can decrease cellulite. Have you noticed a difference for yourself, I would love to know!

Stimulates the Lymphatic System: 

Your Lymph nodes are located throughout your body and are connected by a system of vessels that carry lymph fluid. This lymph fluid is a pretty important for the immune system…like really important. There are many ways to keep a healthy lymphatic system such as exercise, massages (my favorite), balanced diet, and of course….you guessed it..dry brushing! Dry brushing helps to stimulate your lymph flow (that’s why its so important to always brush towards the heart!) which in turn helps you to remove toxins from your body. A healthy Lymphatic system is a healthy & happy body.

Energy & Positivity Booster: 

For me personally I always seem to feel extremely positive and energetic after dry brushing. I certainly feel my circulation increased through all the euphoric tingling afterwards but also get a sense of relief and happiness. Some have mentioned that dry brushing is a great stress reliever and meditation tool, which I totally understand. It is quite peaceful working on my body and helping it to revitalize while stimulating the senses. Distressing is a great way to also benefit your heath, physically & mentally.

How to Dry Brush

  1. Start Brushing (your dry skin…obviously) at the feet and working your way up your ankles, legs, knees and buttocks. All brush strokes are brushed towards the heart, and typically in multiple smooth strokes. Brushing towards the heart helps to circulate the lymph flow which is great for your immune system and all around wellness.
  2. Continue to brush your back, shoulders, and neck. (be sure to always brush towards the heart). Then starting with your hands brush up towards your shoulders again.
  3. Now for the stomach start at the bottom and work your way up in small circular motions. Make sure to get your hips and sides as well.
  4. For the face I use a loofa scrub and typically do this in the shower then jade roller (so I guess its not dry brushing).
  5. Too ensure all dead skin is removed, I will shower and use a homemade moisturizing sugar scrub to help exfoliate any missed skin as well as help to hydrate the newcomer.

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Depending on how sensitive your skin is should determine how hard or soft you brush. You don’t want to hurt or damage your skin, you just want to exfoliate. Your skin may turn pink and you may experience a euphoric sensation after brushing….seriously its super nice. There is also a positive and energetic feeling that goes along with this tingling feeling that I mentioned before.


Question of the Day:

What is your favorite way to exfoliate your skin? Let me know in the comments down below! 

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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Ashleigh is a mother & wife who enjoys blogging in hopes to change this world for the better. Wanting to heal others inside-out as well as healing our planet Earth. Her passions include balancing the mind through meditation, knowledge & conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating, alternative medicine, & yoga, and the soul through up cycling, gardening, & sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, follow OmLivin’ on instagram, twitter, pinterest or check her out on Google+ for more.

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