Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

Dry skin brushing is one of the most simple and effective ways to pamper your skin and improve your health. Don’t believe me? Let’s talk skin for a moment.

Skin gets lots of attention from the beauty industry. It seems people are always trying to get their skin look baby soft, smooth, and just the right color. Creams, lotions, potions and whatnot are sold at ridiculous prices in every mall with the lack-luster promise of “more beautiful skin.”

Of course, you guys know (because you are super smart) that what you put on the skin is usually not as important as what goes in your body. And that most commercial cosmetics are full of nasty toxins that your body doesn’t want, right? Right.

But did you know that:

  • The skin is the largest organ of the body AND one of the most important organs for detoxification?
  • In fact, the skin is responsible for eliminating one quarter of the of the body’s waste? We’re talking over a pound of waste products each day for the average adult (thank you, sweat glands!).
  • The skin also receives one third of the body’s circulated blood, too. Pretty cool.

The skin is actually the last organ to receive nutrients from the body, but it is the first to show signs of imbalances. (source) This is why, despite being super annoyed by my acne growing up, I finally learned to be grateful for it because I was able to recognize that my body needed help.

But what does this have to do with dry skin brushing?

Dry skin brushing helps your skin do its job even better. And not just because it brushes away dead skin cells (which it does). Your body has several organs, glands, and systems that help detox and clean the body. One of the cool benefits of dry skin brushing is that those organs get a boost, too.

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing: A simple and easy way to a more beautiful, healthy body.

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

  • Dry skin brushing helps exfoliate and brush away dead skin cells. This alone is worth the few minutes it takes. I notice immediately that my skin feels smoother and brighter.
  • Because dry skin brushing increases blood flow and improves circulation, one of the benefits of brushing is tighter, firmer skin. No toxic creams necessary.
  • Increased circulation can also improve the appearance of cellulite.
  • Increase circulation also encourages your body to discharge of metabolic waste. It’s a power boost to your lymphatic system which can enhance your immune system. Everything is connected. The benefit of dry skin brushing is a more efficient working body. Yes.
  • Dry skin brushing can improve muscle tone, help distribute fat deposits more evenly, help with pregnancy swelling, and help prevent varicose veins.
  • Skin brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands. Keep in mind that as the largest organ of the body the skin has a lot of work to do. Dry skin brushing can help toxins more easily escape keeping you in tip top shape.
  • Dry skin brushing also stimulates the nerve endings in the skin. I find that brushing each morning is really rejuvenating.
  • Dry skin brushing can help your skin “breathe” easier by eliminating clogged pores.

Best of all? It’s easy, all natural, and safe.

How to: Dry Skin Brushing

While fairly simple, there is a technique you want to follow. Since dry skin brushing is such a powerful aid for your lymphatic system, you want to help your lymph as much as possible. Also, it’s recommended that you try daily skin brushing for three months to really see the full benefits.

Before you start:

1. Get a good brush (or two)

This is the brush I have, and it works well. Mostly you want to find a brush that has all natural bristles and a long handle to get to the back. Some brushes have detachable handles so that you can more easily brush your feet/legs, but be sure that the handle won’t easily fall off or else it’s kind of useless. I don’t have a problem with the handle so I got one that stays put.

Also, don’t use this brush on your face. You’ll want a facial brush for that… which can also be really great. (I have this one and like it!)

2. Always brush on dry skin (before your shower is best.)

There is a reason why this is called dry skin brushing. Don’t brush on wet skin or with a wet brush as it can be too abrasive and your pores are more open (meaning you could clog your pores with all that stuff you’re trying to brush off). The best time to dry brush is before you shower. Daily is recommended.

Dry Skin Brushing Technique

1. Brush from the bottom up to support the pathway of your lymph.

2. Using long, sweeping strokes start at the bottom of your feet and always brush up toward the heart. Brush the feet, up the legs, and then the hands up toward your shoulders. Brush the torso in an upward direction back toward your heart. Brush your stomach in a counter-clockwise motion. Brush downward on the neck (toward the collar bones).

Do not stroke away from your heart as this can put extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels. Keep your strokes in a single direction. 

3. Be sensitive to your body. Use light pressure where the skin is thinner and more pressure on tough places (such as the soles of your feet). Avoid sensitive areas, rashes, bruises, cuts, etc.

4. Dry skin brushing can be done while pregnant or nursing, although a lighter stroke may be necessary. Again, listen to your body. If something doesn’t seem right: stop. I personally found that dry skin brushing benefited my pregnancy and helped my skin and circulation a lot.

5. Rinse off (shower as you normally would) and pat dry.

Taking care of your brush 

  • Shake or tap your brush over a trash can to get rid of any dead skin.
  • Don’t share your brush with other people. Everyone gets their own.
  • Keep your brush in a dry place, away from moisture.
  • Wash your brush once a week with a mild soap (I love castile) and water. Let it dry in a sunny area.

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing: A simple and easy way to a more beautiful, healthy body.

 

So… are you up for a challenge? Who’s willing to try dry skin brushing for the next month? Come back and report your experience.  


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35 comments

  1. Brooke

    I am a huge advocate for dry skin brushing. I have been doing it for about a year and just feel so energized and like my skin is healthier looking. I didn’t know about the facial brush! I always hated leaving my face out of the brushing routine because I feel like it could really use it! I am def buying now. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. melissa

      Hi. Your site is very helpful and im starting to try sone of your stuff.
      I want to try the dry brushing for my 3 year old daughter. Is there any precautions that I should tske into consideration before starting this with her. Can I use my brush set on her or should I buy anothet set fof her? Thanks


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Yes, although make sure she has her own brush and start out VERY lightly.

  2. Brie

    I just found your website and love it so far! Dry skin brushing has been a part of my daily routine for quite a while now thanks to my mom for introducing it to me. I found it to be THE best way to get beautiful, soft, glowing skin!! I never have to use lotion anymore!

  3. Angie K

    My husband and I tried working dry brushing into our mornings, but I think we only did it for a week or so >_<… We should start it back up, even if only to get rid of dry skin! Thanks for the post and the re-inspiration ^_^!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I usually go in spurts when I do it really well for a while and then forget, but I do notice a huge difference in my skin… especially being pregnant right now it has helped with my circulation and swelling so much!

  4. Kissiah Aiken

    I’ve tried dry brushing, especially on my back it feels so good. How many strokes do you recommend for each body part to have good results?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I don’t know… I usually spend about 5 minutes each morning doing this. A couple big strokes over each area (feet, lower leg, thighs, etc.)

  5. Kara

    I have a 7 year old daughter with Aspergers and her OT suggested brushing her. It is amazing the difference it has made in her. We use a medical brush and do it every 2 hours only on the arms and legs. Her daycare said we don’t understand it but don’t stop because it has made such a big difference in her behaviors.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Wow! That’s so interesting. I’m glad it’s helping. Amazing how simple things can really help the body.

  6. Kimberley

    I tried dry brushing for 2 months and my skin didn’t like it. I broke out in acne everywhere; my stomach, entire back, shoulders, arms. I thought maybe it was just working the dirt out of my pores, but after 2 months shouldn’t there have been some improvement? Maybe I bought the wrong brush? I wanted to stick with it, but I’d never had pimples in these places before and as soon as I stopped dry brushing it cleared up.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hmmmm… that’s odd. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. Are you sure the bristles were all natural? And did you clean your brush weekly?

      Obviously, if you don’t have issues when NOT skin brushing there’s no need to stress over something that doesn’t work for you. :)

  7. MB

    “Brush your stomach in a counter-clockwise motion.” Where is ‘the clock’ to me? 12 at my head, 6 at my feet? Am I facing it or my back to it? I may be having a Duh Moment, but I’m puzzled by which way would be ‘counter-clockwise’ during this. Swirling to my left and down? Or, right/down? Oh dear, I’ve confused myself even more now. :o/


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      No worries. I went through the same questions. Imagine the clock is on your belly. Start at the 12 and move toward the 11. Hope that helps. :)

      1. Sami

        I’m also a little confused, sorry.

        You say to imagine the clock is on your belly, but do you mean as if someone has drawn it on and stating at the 12 and going back to the 11 would be going toward your right side? Or is it like you’ve got a clock resting up against you? Because in that case, working anti-clockwise would mean you were working toward your left side.

        I’m sorry to sound so stupid, but to me, it still wasn’t clear as to whether or not the clock on your belly was facing you or facing the same way you are facing. A clockwise or anti-clockwise action all depends on which way the clock is facing…..


        1. Post author
          Robin Konie

          Don’t worry. You don’t sound stupid. Yes, you’ll be going toward your right side (top, right, bottom, left). :)

  8. Sandy Arthur

    I only shower 2/3x wk- I “no poo”,use Castile soap, and make my own facial serum and body butter. This keeps my entire family’s skin very happy. I’ve looked into dry brushing because I use a bristle brush to thoroughly brush my scalp every couple weeks and it helps clean up the skin buildup that not using detergents leaves on my scalp. Do you have any recommendations about dry brushing every few days? Probably better to only do right before a shower than do daily?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I think the benefits will still be seen if one done every couple of days. I only do it if I’m going to shower, so if I skip a shower for any reason I just skip the dry brushing, too.

  9. Katie

    Thanks for this article!

    Can you explain what brushing technique you use on your face? You say to always brush towards your heart – does that mean I should be brushing down when doing my face?

    ~Katie


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I brush my face very lightly using a facial brush. I brush down my neck. I brush from the middle of my forehead out toward my ear and down. I do small circles on my cheeks. Down my nose.

      Hope that helps!

  10. Colleen

    Thanks for this great post! Do you know why you go counterclockwise on your stomach? I have read articles and watched videos that say clockwise and counterclockwise so I was wondering what the reasoning was behind the direction on the stomach. Thanks!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’ve often wondered that, too… I know our digestive systems works clockwise (in terms of our colon), but again it might have something to do with the lymph flow. It’s probably not a huge deal on the stomach either way.

  11. Bethany

    I have been trying dry skin brushing since this post came out and it’s wonderful! I am so glad I found your site.

    I have a question about brushing my face (I have yet to try it). If I got a facial brush when should I use it? I have been doing OCM for almost a year and it has cleared my acne like nothing else has. So, I usually do OCM after I shower at night. Should I dry brush my face before I shower then do OCM? Or do OCM then brush then shower? Or maybe dry brush my face in the morning instead?

    Thanks!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I’d do it before your shower and then OCM. And remember: Be gentle when brushing the face.

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  14. Luis

    Hey, so do I HAVE to shower right afterwards or can I wait until later on after I do my workout to do it? I feel like if I shower at some point of the day it shouldn’t matter too much if I don’t shower right away after dry brushing. I just don’t wanna shower both in the mornings after my dry brushing and then again after working out cause I don’t want my skin to stress by removing its natural oils by extra showering. What’s you take though?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I personally feel better when I shower right after, but I don’t know if you NEED to. You might, I just don’t know about that. I’ve always read about showering after so I’ve assumed it’s the best practice.

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