Dry Brushing and Why You Should Try It

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 What is Dry Brushing?

Dry Skin Brushing Benefits

Dry brushing is the easiest way to detox, firm and exfoliate, and it only takes about 5 minutes to do. I know, even the name “dry brushing,” seems weird, and the act of brushing yourself all over might make you feel like a golden retriever, but trust me if you take the 5 extra minutes to do this, the results will be astonishing. Dry brushing is a really old Ayurvedic technique that involves using a natural bristle brush and firmly, but gently, brushing your skin. Simple, right? It is! Let me the why’s and hows’s of dry brushing to help you get started.

 What Does Dry Brushing Do?

  • Dry brushing not only loosens dead skin, but it improves your circulation by getting your blood flowing. This can help get you going in the morning similar to a quick jog, minus the sweat.
  • Dry brushing reduces cellulite and helps you burn and eliminate fat. The brushing smooths fat deposits and can help your body release excess fat.
  • Dry brushing removes toxins by stimulating your kidneys and lymphatic system, thus helping them do their job- releasing the garbage and bad stuff from the body. If you are sick with a cold or virus, this can help you feel better faster
  • Dry brushing also helps you get rid of dead skin, and it opens your pores, so more toxins can be released.

I tried it and was amazed by the results. Not to mention, it feels invigorating!  


 Here’s what you need to get started:
  1. About 5 to 10 minutes to spare, preferably before the shower, so you can rinse off the dead skin
  2. A natural bristle brush- you can get one from your local drug store or a health food store, I got mine from Amazon, the name brand is Yerba Prima Tampico Skin Brush.
Dry Skin Brushing Technique
Dry Skin Brushing Technique


 Here’s how to Dry Brush Your Skin:

  • ·       Start at your feet brush in an upward motion with short quick stokes, continuing to brush up your legs, continue brushing up your legs
  • ·      Then start brushing your hands, continuing to brush upward toward your arms
  • ·     Brush upwards over your abdomen- Great for digestion and toxin removal
  • ·      Brush your chest to your neck (gently girls) in an downward motion towards your heart
  • ·      Finally brush your back (this is where a handled brush is useful)  towards your the center of your body, so upper back brush down, and lower back brush upward.
  • ·      Shower afterward to remove the dead skin cells and moisturize with natural oil like coconut or shea butter.

Although there are many dry brushing techniques, brushing towards the heart is the most agreed upon method, so if you get confused just brush in the direction of your heart.

Do this daily, either in the morning or at night and I promise your skin will feel amazing. Wash your brush about every week with a mild soap and allow it to dry fully before use, and never share brushes.
After 2-3 months your skin will be soft and glowing.

Warnings: Do not dry brush on broken skin, rashes, varicose veins and eczema flare-ups. Sensitive or sore areas need a gentle touch. And always check with your health care provider before starting to dry brush, especially if you have health concerns.
Dead skin will be falling all around when you do this, so the shower is a good place to dry brush, and then you can turn it on when you’re done to get rid of the skin flakes.

Here’s some more info on Dry Brushing : Northwest Edible Life: 

About CaraMiaWhy

Cara is a married, (soon to be Health Psychology, PhD) mom of 3 girls, from the Bronx, New York. She is the creator and author of the lifestyle/wellness blog, CaraMia Why, (translation: "My Dear, Why"). She shares stories and tips on beauty, wellness, style, motherhood and life, that you could probably research or discover for yourself, but My Dear, Why?