Updated: Sep 29, 2022
Dry brushing helps exfoliate the skin into a smoother state while providing an array of benefits not just for the appearance of your skin but also for your overall health and well-being, especially when practiced consistently.
Dry brushing helps exfoliate the skin into a smoother state while stimulating and encouraging lymphatic drainage by using a coarse, natural-fiber bristle brush to brush the skin, stimulate blood flow and help the body release toxins (1).
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Exfoliates The Skin and Improves Skin's Appearance
Have you ever gotten out of the shower, scratched your arm, and had a bunch of dead skin under your nails? That's because you're not exfoliating often enough. When you're showering, you should wash away all those dead skin cells, and the best way to do that is by dry brushing before getting in the shower. Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin by using several methods, in this case, an exfoliation tool (2). Gently brushing your skin with an exfoliating tool such as a dry brush is a form of physical exfoliation that removes these dead skin cells and leaves the skin looking and feeling smoother with a youthful glow (3).
Increases Blood Circulation & Energy
Dry brushing helps detoxify and encourage lymphatic drainage by increasing blood circulation (4). There is no scientific proof that dry brushing is energizing, but many people feel invigorated and energized after a dry brushing session (5), myself included. Maybe it's the extra self-care, or perhaps it's the increased blood circulation, but something about dry brushing helps energize me, so I'm sure to not dry brush too late in the day.
May Help Break Down Cellulite
Cellulite is a skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh to accumulate on the thighs, hips, butt, and abdomen (6). Some say cellulite occurs due to built-up toxins in the body, usually made worse by poor body circulation (7). The improvement of blood circulation may be why some people successfully break down cellulite after dry brushing compared to the assumption that it's due to a temporary skin texture change after exfoliation (8). Still, maybe it's only temporary because we live in a toxin-filled world, and toxins end up back in our bodies just as fast as we rid them.
Encourages Lymphatic Drainage, Stimulates The Lymphatic System & Detoxes The Body
It's important to recognize signs of lymphatic congestion. Lymphatic congestion or dysfunction occurs when the lymphatic system stops flowing correctly, leading to many health problems due to the buildup of toxins in the body (9).
Symptoms of Lymphatic Congestion
Lymphatic congestion can cause an array of issues and isn't always easy to identify, but some symptoms of lymphatic congestion may be:
Fluid leaking from the skin
Feeling heavy or tight
Limited range of movement
Dry brushing is an ancient technique to help detoxify the body by pumping the lymph system and helping move those toxins that typically cannot be transported and eliminated out of the body. The buildup of toxins in the body often results in swelling, skin issues, cellulite, and a weakened immune system (11).
How To Properly Dry Brush
Step 1: Get a Dry Brush
Step 2: Put Down a Towel
After you gather your supplies to start dry brushing, make sure you are over the bathtub or a towel and completely dry and nude.
Step 3: Start at the Feet
Start at the feet and brush the bottoms of the feet before moving up the legs in long strokes first, then short strokes. Brush each section 5-10 times before moving to the next area of skin and remember, you're supposed to be brushing towards the heart, where the lymphatic system drains. You should apply slight pressure but not so much as you break the skin. Your skin may turn a little pink, but it should never be red, stinging, or broken.
Step 4: Dry Brush the Legs & Arms
You can move to the arms when you completely dry brush both legs. Repeat the same process of long strokes followed by short strokes starting at the palms and hands before working up the entire extremity. Again, be sure to brush each section 5-10 times before moving to the next area of skin.
Step 5: Dry Brush the Underarms
After you've dry brushed your arms and legs, you will want to dry brush the underarms with the recommended soft bristle toothbrush in a circular clockwise motion.
Step 6: Dry Brush the Stomach, Abdomen & Back
After you've dry brushed your underarms, you'll want to follow the same steps for the stomach, followed by the abdomen and back but use the regular dry brush on these body areas.
Step 7: Use a Jade Roller on the Face & Neck
The entire dry brushing session should take about 10 minutes if done correctly. Be sure to avoid dry brushing the face; use a jade roller for the face and neck area.
Step 8: Shower
After completing your dry brushing session, you should get into the shower to rinse and wash away all the dead skin cells from your dry brushing session.
Step 9: Lymphatic Cream
Lastly, and most importantly, follow up with Earthley's Lymphatic Cream. This lotion gently encourages drainage, reduces soreness, and improves overall wellness. Great for detox, pesky drainage, and pain related to allergies, colds, and even lymphatic congestion.
⚠️ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and this is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything.
Dry Brushes & Aftercare Products Recommendations
Metene's Dry Brush with Soft and Stiff Bristles with Long Handle has stiff natural bristles for wet or dry brushing to exfoliate the skin, which can effectively clean the skin and protect the skin.
Metene's Dry Brush with Soft and Stiff Bristles Without Handle (2 Pack) has a stiff brush and a soft brush. The stiff bristle brush can massage the skin and deeply clean the cutin and dirt on the skin surface, which can effectively clean the skin and protect the skin. Soft hair nylon can protect sensitive skin, provide various hardness options, and thoroughly clean the whole body.
Oral-B Soft Bristle Toothbrush (4 Pack) has end-rounded bristles that are specifically designed to be gentle on the skin of the most sensitive areas of the body.
100% Natural Jade Roller is a skincare tool that will cool, tighten, and de-puff your face in seconds as it massages. It can immediately remove muscle strain as the roller smooths fine lines and eliminates wrinkles.
Earthley's Lymphatic Cream is a lotion created to help relieve achy body parts caused by swollen lymph nodes. This cream tackles lymphatic congestion at the source and gently encourages drainage to help detox, reduce soreness, and improve overall wellness.