natural living | dry brushing

my experience with dry brushing |

I’m always reading up on ways to take care of your body naturally, eliminating chemicals and other bad toxins from my beauty and care routine.  When I read about dry brushing a little over a year ago I was intrigued that something so simple could have so many good results. I looked into dry brushes and read a lot about techniques and learned that there are some differences in how people approach it but overall there was a few elements that were the same across the board.

I began a dry brushing routine a couple of months ago and have gotten into a routine. I can’t attest to how it has aided me internally but externally I noticed a difference shortly after starting.  Here is my approach to dry brushing and what I’ve researched about it below.

I dry brush before I shower so roughly once a day.  It’s not a long process, it only takes me roughly 2-3 minutes to go over my entire body.  I start at my feet by brushing the tops of them and moving up the ankle and leg brushing several times in the same spot.  Always long strokes up towards my heart.  I don’t brush back and forth, just towards the heart. I use a medium pressure with the brush, it feels like a light scratching but it’s not painful. If you have extremely sensitive skin you can adjust the pressure to your needs or find a softer brush. I brush the rest of my body leading up towards my heart. When I get to my hands and arms I brush up the arm towards the heart. Same with back, torso, chest area, etc.  My skin doesn’t turn pink but feels refreshed and invigorated. Once I hop in the shower the water does feel a little different against my skin but it’s not painful.

It’s definitely a practice I plan on continuing. My skin is softer and smoother than ever. It’s energizing and I feel awake and refreshed afterward.  I’d like to work on brushing up to twice a day and look into a brush made for the face.

Here are some tips on dry brushing

  • Choose a brush with natural fibers.
  • Brush skin at least once daily before you get into the shower. Some suggest doing it in the shower before you turn the water on. I usually do it outside of the shower then hop in.
  • Use long strokes starting from your feet, up your legs, upwards on your stomach, from your finger tips up your arm. Always going in the direction of your heart.
  • Brush over in the same place several times as you move along. A light pressure is good, you don’t want to brush too hard as it could hurt or make your skin feel raw.  It’s normal for skin to turn a light red. Mine never does but if yours does it’s okay.
  • Avoid cuts and broken skin.
  • Clean your brush with soap and water at least once a week.

These are some of the benefits of dry brushing

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Removes dead skin layers
  • Smooths skin and creates a healthy glow
  • Boosts elasticity
  • Smooths cellulite
  • Eliminates toxins from the lymphatic system
  • Rejuvenate the nervous system
  • Increases cell renewal
  • Helps Digestion
  • Tones muscles
  • Stimulates circulation

You can get a good brush for about 10 bucks (or less if you’re lucky). I actually got my small brush at our grocery store in the beauty department and the long-handled brush at Bed Bath & Beyond.  Here is a good article on brushing and there are many more online, some even have body diagrams to show directions to brush.

Do you dry brush? Are you going to give it a try? Let me know!

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