What’s Dry Brushing and Should You Try It?

What’s Dry Brushing and Should You Try It?

Dry brushing is both soothing and stimulating all at the same time. And the name actually provides a good explanation for what you’re doing -brushing your skin with a natural brush to remove dead skin cells when the brush is dry. While dry brushing has become all the rage in salons and spas, you can do it at home for free and enjoy the same benefits.

Dry brushing involves running a natural brush all over your skin, starting from your ankles and gently moving toward your heart. Move along the body’s lymphatic system, paying particular attention to the armpits where many lymph nodes are located. Brush your stomach and then your arms and shoulders. Make long, sweeping strokes on your arms, legs, and sides but circular strokes on the joints. Read more about keeping your joints healthy

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

The skin is the body’s largest organ for absorption and elimination and if the skin isn’t exfoliated, it can be clogged with toxins and dead skin cells. Dry brushing increases circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, which is important for the elimination of toxins. It also makes your skin shine by removing dead skin cells. It creates a smooth, glowing, and delightful complexion. Dry brushing can also promote tighter skin and cell renewal. It’s even been used for the reduction of cellulite. Give dry brushing a try. There’s nothing to lose if you’re gentle on your skin.

Tips for Dry Brushing Your Skin

  • Use a natural brush not a synthetic brush. You can purchase a brush at the natural food store.
  • Shower after skin brushing to clean off the dead skin cells, but make sure your skin is dry when you’re dry brushing.
  • Stay away from cuts, wounds, and rashes, which can become irritated.
  • The skin should be flush, but avoid brushing the skin so hard that it produces redness or worse irritation.
  • Dry brush your skin daily.

If you're interested, take a look at this great how-to video on dry brushing:

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Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger, HowStuffWorks.com, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.