woman dry brushing leg

Why We Love Dry Brushing

Dry brushing has so many amazing skin benefits. It’s a simple step you can put on your self care to do list. It takes less than 2 minutes and can be done right before hopping into the shower. I usually do it while the shower water is warming up.

shower rack with towels and body brushes

I’m going to touch on 4 main benefits to dry brushing.

Helps with circulation and increases energy.

It helps to stimulate the nervous system which results in feeling invigorated afterward. Because of this most experts will recommend dry brushing in the morning rather than right before bed.

Supports cell stimulation.

Some will say with this brings a reduction in cellulite but there is not a scientific confirmation that it can actually rid the body of cellulite. Some say that stimulating the skin causes brief plumping of the skin to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

My favorite, exfoliation.

This feels so so good. Our skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells. Using a dry brush technique can help to increase the process of this. The result is glowing, smooth skin. By removing the outer layers of dead skin cells you are allowing the healthy cells underneath to come to the surface. Exfoliations helps with skin rejuvenation.

Stimulating the lymphatic system

Most importantly, dry brushing will stimulate the lymphatic system. What does this mean? You are aiding your body in a detox process. Toxins exit our body through our lymphatic system. By stimulating the lymphatic system your body will more readily be able to rid the nasty toxins. 

So, how does dry brushing work?

It’s super simple. I like to incorporate essential oils. Typically I will use Epicutis Lipid Body Treatment because it increases metabolism, improves circulation, and curves hunger cravings. Either add drops directly to the brush or apply the oil directly to skin with a little fractionated coconut oil to the area of your choosing.

Starting at the feet begin to make circular motions upward. When dry brushing you always want to start at the furthermost region from your heart. As you move the dry brush in circular motions you always want to make sure you are heading in the direction towards your heart. This allows lymphatic drainage. Use a clockwise motion along the stomach. Goop.com has great video tutorial for this. After the shower apply an oil some good skin oils include coconut oil, argon oil or jojoba oil.