Dry skin brushing is an effective method for reducing cellulite. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.
But the more we looked into it, the more benefits we learned this relatively simple routine had to offer.
Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it’s fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your biggest organ, after all.
What is Dry Body Brushing
A dry body brush has natural bristles and a long handle. I use this brush.
Body brushing should be done when your skin is dry, so before you shower.
Benefits of Dry Body Brushing
- Reduce cellulite
- Exfoliate dead cells
- Improve your immune system
- Increase circulation
- Detox your skin
- Unclogs your pours
How Dry Body Brushing Works
Lymph is a fluid in our circulatory system and it contains white blood cells, so lymph also affects our immune system. It picks up bacteria, toxins, and other waste from our blood and filters it through the lymph nodes, where the bacteria is destroyed. Poor blood circulation means the lymph cannot properly do it’s job resulting in cellulite, varicose veins, and a weakened immune system. Dry brushing improves the lymph flow.
How To Dry Body Brush
- Dry brush when your body is dry, before you shower.
- Always brush towards your heart. Brushing away from your heart puts pressure on the veins. Plus, we are improving lymph flow. Lymph flows towards the heart.
- The first few times I did this, it was a little uncomfortable (the bristles are a little stiff). But by the end of the first week, I loved it and now find it relaxing.
- Start at your feet. Brush the bottoms of your feet. Then brush up your legs, long stroking motions towards your heart. I brush each area twice.
- Brush in circles around your knees.
- Brush your buttocks and inner thighs.
- Brush the sides of your torso and your lower back, upwards towards your heart.
- Brush your stomach in a clockwise circle around your belly button.
- Brush your hands and arms, starting with your hands and brush towards your shoulders.
- Brush from your upper back and over your shoulders.
- Brush clockwise circles around your breast (not on your breasts or nipples, just a big circle around your breasts).
- DO NOT brush over broken skin (cuts, etc.), varicose veins, or bruises.
- Do not brush your face. This brush is too harsh for the delicate skin on your face. If you want to brush your face (and it’s an excellent idea for exfoliating!), use a softer brush, like this one made for your face.
- The process should take between 5-15 minutes. I do a quick 5 minute brush every day and about once a week do a more detailed 15 minute brush.
- Take a shower after your dry brush.
- Shake your brush over the trash can to get rid of skin cells. Occasionally wash with soap and water. Let dry completely before using. I use this soap.