December 06 2018 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Dry brushing. What is it and are there benefits from doing it?
Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like, brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering. And yes, there are several benefits by incorporating dry brushing in your skin care regimen.
But first here are a few guidelines:
DO: Get the right brush. For your body, look for firm plant-based bristles. Remember that brushing should not break your skin, and it should not hurt.
DON’T: Use the same brush on your face as you do on your body. The skin on your face is more delicate so try a softer brush, like our Dry Boar Facial Brush.
DO: Know the right technique: Grab a brush before your morning shower and use light strokes with medium pressure over each limb.
DON’T: Dry-brush if you have fragile, flare up prone skin (with conditions like rosacea and eczema); because dry-brushing may cause irritation.
The Benefits of Doing it the Right Way
To receive the best benefits from dry brushing, the skin is typically brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet and hands and brushing toward the chest.
There are additional benefits as well to you as well from dry brushing.
1. Lymphatic Support
The lymphatic system is a major part of the body’s immune system. It is made up of organs and lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that transport lymph throughout the body. Many of these lymph vessels run just below the skin. Proponents of dry brushing claim that brushing the skin regularly helps stimulate the normal lymph flow within the body and helps the body detoxify itself naturally.
This benefit is often noticed the first time a person dry brushes. The process of running a firm, natural bristled brush over the skin helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, naturally exfoliating skin. You will notice less dry skin and much softer skin in the first few days and weeks after dry skin brushing. Your skin will stay soft thanks to this built-in way to exfoliate.
3. Clean Pores (& Smaller Pores!)
The added benefit of exfoliating the skin is clearing oil, dirt, and residue from the pores. Use a smaller, gentler dry brush for the face.
4. Natural Energy Boost
Dry brushing is a sure way to give you a natural energy boost. For this reason, it is suggested and recommend not to dry brushing at night, but it is great in the morning. One theory is that because it increases circulation, and it also increases energy.
How to Properly Dry Brush Your Skin
- Starting at the feet, you can brush the bottoms of your feet and up your legs in long, smooth strokes. You can brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, you may brush toward the heart and chest area where the lymph system drains.
- As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.
- 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.
- Repeat the process on my abdomen and back, and then switch to my face with the more delicate brush.
Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. If it hurts at all, use less pressure!