If you’ve been curious about dry brushing, I’ve got nine helpful tips on dry brushing to provide you with some helpful hints to take the mystery out of this beneficial skin care practice. Dry brushing might not appear like much, but it provides a host of benefits for your body and skin that you’re going to love! Let’s get right into these tips on dry brushing so you can enjoy the skin care perks right away.
1 Dry Brushing 101
Before we get into the tips on dry brushing, allow me to explain what it is. Dry brushing involves using a specific type of face or body brush to gently but firmly brush your dry skin. You don’t use any kind of cream or skin care product with dry brushing. Both the brush and your skin will be dry, so once you get the brush, it’s really quite simple to do!
2 Dry Brush Benefits
As previously mentioned, there are lots of benefits to dry brushing your skin. It helps increase circulation, exfoliate your skin, stimulate your lymphatic system, smooth and soften skin, minimize the appearance of cellulite, tighten the skin and encourage your body to rid itself of metabolic waste. It’s pretty amazing that it can do all that just by brushing your skin!
3 What to Look for
When you’re looking for a brush for dry skin brushing, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, look for a brush with natural bristles like hemp or sisal rather than synthetic, since they can be a bit harsh on your skin. The best places to find a body brush are health food stores, but you can also find them online on Amazon or Drugstore.com. Look for a brush with a long handle so you can easily reach your back and other hard to reach places. Most brushes cost anywhere from $8-$12.
4 Should You Dry Skin Brush Your Face?
Depending on whom you ask, you’ll get different answers to this question but ultimately, you’ll have to decide if it’s something you want to do or not. Some people are against doing any dry skin brushing on the face, whereas others think it’s a great rejuvenating treatment for the facial skin. If you do decide to try it out on your face, make sure you use a separate brush for your face and be extra gentle. Also, use a good moisturizer to help accelerate skin recovery.
5 Where to Brush
Once you’ve got your brush, it’s time to put it to use. You’ll probably find that dry brushing your skin in the bathroom is the best place to do it. Sometimes, dead skin cells might fall off and it’s easiest to clean up in the bathroom. Undress and start dry skin brushing at your ankles in light yet firm circular movements and keep moving up. The key is to brush towards your heart since that’s how your lymphatic system flows naturally.
6 How Does It Feel?
Anytime you’re dry brushing your skin, you should never feel any pain. If your skin feels irritated or uncomfortable, use gentler strokes. Dry brushing shouldn’t be uncomfortable at all; whenever I do it, it makes my body feel warm. Also, avoid dry brushing any areas with a rash, wound or any sensitive areas like the nipples.
7 When Should You Dry Brush?
Typically, dry brushing is done a few times a week when you first start out. However, some people like to do it daily once they get used to it. That's fine too, just be sure you watch how your skin reacts. You can also try dry brushing different times of the day and see what works best for you. As a general rule, it’s best to dry brush before you’re going to shower or bathe since you can wash off any dead skin cells.
8 Dry Brushing Isn’t for Everyone
As beneficial as dry skin brushing is, there are some people with certain medical conditions who should avoid it. If you have eczema, diabetes, psoriasis, high blood pressure, rashes, open wounds or skin infections, avoid doing any dry skin brushing. Also, never share your body brush with anyone, each person should have their own brush.
9 Final Tips
Some final tips on dry brushing that I wanted to share with you are to use a good moisturizer after you get out of the shower and drink plenty of water for the best results. Also, dry brushing generally takes around 5 minutes to do, although some people can take up to 15 minutes for a really thorough brushing. Check out the video above for some dry brushing techniques.
Dry skin brushing has a lot of internal and external benefits that can help us look and feel our best. In just a few minutes, you can encourage your body to detoxify and help skin look smooth and healthy! Have you ever tried dry skin brushing? How did you like it?