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The Benefits Of Dry Brushing

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is all the rage after going viral all over the internet lately. From TikTok to Instagram, chances are you have probably at least heard of dry brushing. But what exactly is dry brushing, and what does it really do?

Dry brushing is a massage-like practice that is performed with a stiff-bristled brush. Using the brush while dry, you brush your body to get rid of any dead skin and assist in detoxifying your body. This practice is performed daily and is said to have great benefits for your body.

Three types of dry brushes
Photo by Monstera

What are the benefits?

Exfoliating the Skin and Unclogging Pores

Due to the coarse bristle of the brush, this helps brush away any dry skin you may have. Doing so also helps unclog pores, making it easier for your body to sweat out any toxins.

Lymphatic Drainage

Dry brushing is thought to help improve lymphatic drainage through the sweating out of toxins that are flowing through your lymphatic system. 

Increases Circulation

The brushing motion with a coarse brush will stimulate your circulation. This can help leave your body temporarily looking radiant and healthy.

Reducing Cellulite 

While it is not scientifically proven, many women feel that dry brushing has helped reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

Woman on a bed, dry brushing her leg.
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch

How To Dry Brush

Dry brushing is pretty simple, and there are only a few important things to remember. 

However, before we get into the actual steps, we want to talk about the brush itself. First, you want to make sure you are using a high-quality natural fiber bristled brush. We also recommend using a brush with a long handle, so it is easy to get to harder-to-reach places.

Now you are ready to start your dry brushing session by following the tips below! 

  1. Work your way up always towards your heart using the body brush. Start at your feet and move up your body.

  2. Use circular, clockwise motions while brushing your skin. On your arms and legs, you can use long upward strokes.

  3. Adjust pressure for areas with sensitive skin, such as your breasts and neck. In areas with thicker skin, such as the bottoms of your feet, you can use more pressure.

  4. Only brush each area with a few strokes as irritation can occur.

  5. Once you are finished, take a cool shower to rinse off all the dead skin.

  6. Finish off with high-quality organic coconut oil to moisturize your skin.

Also, remember to rinse off your brush each time you have completed your brushing routine. Getting all of the exfoliated skin out of the brush is important. Make sure to properly dry your brush to prevent any mold from growing. Lastly, it is good to clean your brush at least once a week with a safe and all-natural soap.

Dry Brushing For Sensitive Skin and Skin Conditions 

If you have very sensitive skin or perhaps a skin condition, we recommend seeking medical advice on whether dry brushing is safe for you. It is important if you notice redness, swelling, or inflammation while brushing to stop right away.

It is also important to note, never use a dry brush over any cuts or scrapes, moles, or bumps. You also do not want to dry brush over any sunburned areas as this can really irritate the skin. 

Again, it is important to seek medical advice if you have any questions regarding your skin.

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Written by Kaleigh Medellin

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