Dry Brushing: Everything You Need to Know + How to Get Started
“Dry brushing” might sound a little weird, but the actual process is simple and easy to incorporate into your routine. It can also be quite relaxing (or maybe that’s just me).
In today’s post, we’ll talk about the benefits, what you need to know, how to get started, and my personal brush recommendations.
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing is the process of exfoliating dry skin (as opposed to wet or damp skin) with a densely bristled brush. This helps exfoliate skin, improve lymphatic drainage, and improves circulation.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Improved lymphatic drainage
This is important because your lymphatic system is not good at draining itself. It relies on musculoskeletal movement and manipulation (eg. massage) to move lymph. Basically, not only does dry brushing help clean your body externally, but internally as well.
Really, ridiculously soft skin
Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate the skin. The result? Amazingly soft, baby-smooth skin.
Skin looks tighter and firmer
Need I say more? Some people claim that it helps with the appearance of cellulite as well.
How to Get Started Dry Brushing
Take your brush and on dry skin, start brushing in a circular motion from your ankles while slowly making your way up your legs and to your butt. Make sure to pay a little extra attention to your thighs when doing this.
Next, start at your hands and brush in a circular motion up your arms towards your chest.
As for your stomach, instead of circular motions, brush downwards towards your bellybutton.
Dry brushing is best done in the morning because of its ability to stimulate and energize your system. However, if you do it later in the day, try to do it before you shower rather than after.
Dry brushing should be done daily if possible. It may feel a bit uncomfortable the first couple of times, but this is normal and your body will get used to it after a while.
Where to Buy Brushes for Dry Brushing (My Recommendations)
There are many affordable and high quality options available from Amazon. I personally own this kit (pictured below) and highly recommend it due its 100% natural boar bristles and quality. It also comes with a face brush which is a nice bonus!
Comment below if you try this out!
P.S. To learn how to make a DIY coffee sugar scrub (amazing for cellulite), check out this post.