Dry Brushing: All you Need to Know

This latest ritual is getting all the buzz in today’s beauty scene so we want to bring to you all the information you may need on dry brushing to see if you want to try it for yourself.

Firstly, What is it?

Dry brushing. And no, we aren’t dry brushing our hair. It is our skin. Now that we know where to dry brush it’s pretty self-explanatory is that you brush your skin, while it is dry. These brushes are sold specifically for dry brushing with firm, natural bristles specific for dry brushing.

The skin is our largest organ on the body and although washing and exfoliating the face is common, what about the rest of our body? Have you been caring for your skin elsewhere?

If you are familiar with Ayurvedic medicine, they encourage dry brushing for optimal skin health one to two times per week. While others say it can be done daily. As we are all different, finding what’s best for you and your skin in terms of frequency may involve some trial and error.

When & How to dry brush?

The best time to do dry brushing is right before showering. This allows the dead skin to be exfoliated and then washed away in the shower. For dry brushing, pressure should be firm but not too firm. Some believe morning is better as dry brushing is said to be energising.

There are different schools of thought on where to start dry brushing. Most commonly is suggesting to start with the limbs first (some say arms, other say begin with legs). Using an upward motion, gently but firmly brush up the limbs towards the heart. Don’t forget the fronts and backs of both arms and legs. Choose if you prefer to start legs or arms and do the same order every time to build up the routine to make it an automatic habit.  Don’t forget to perform circular motions on palms of the hands and soles of the feet. After the limbs, also circular motions, on the torso, abdomen, back and chest. (Note: It is said for the stomach area to work in a clockwise direction). The recommended time for dry brushing is 3-5 minutes.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

  • Exfoliation of dead skin cells that are on the surface of our skin (think smoother skin!)
  • Improves blood circulation which allows cells as well as organs to receive more oxygen and nutrients optimally
  • Stress relief as dry brushing is a relaxing surface level massage
  • Assists the lymphatic system to drain which stimulates the immune system
  • Allows for the body to rid of toxins through the pores due to exfoliation
  • Claims of stimulating collagen thus reduces cellulite due to less fluid accumulation and claims as well to help with sun damage, (however, this has not been scientifically proven)

Other Tips

  • Rinse brush after each use and allow to fully dry
  • Twice a month you should wash your dry brush with baby shampoo to prevent the accumulation of dead skin on the brush.
  • Recommended to avoid the face and delicate neck areas
  • Avoid areas with open wounds or broken skin
  • Be careful if you have rashes, psoriasis, eczema or other skin conditions
  • Moisturise with a natural oil after your shower if desired
  • Start with light pressure to get your skin used to dry brushing and then gradually increase over time (Note: it should never hurt)
  • Brushes can be found for even less than $10, so it’s not an expensive thing to start
  • Note if there are changes in the smoothness of your skin

Think of dry brushing as a beautiful self-care tool where you can take the time to care for your largest organ! Happy dry brushing!

Kristyn Wagner – CCM Graduate, Kinesiologist and Mind Body Medicine Practitioner. 

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