Dry Brushing for Radiant Skin

Women doing dry brushing in the bathroom

Dry brushing has been gaining popularity in recent years as a natural skincare practice with numerous benefits. It is a simple technique with potential to transform your skin and elevate your skincare routine.

What is Dry Brushing?

It’s pretty much self-explanatory: brushing the skin with a natural bristle brush to gently massage it in a specific pattern, typically before showering or bathing. The process helps to exfoliate the skin, stimulate circulation, and promote lymphatic drainage. By removing dead skin cells and promoting circulation, dry brushing can leave your skin looking and feeling softer and more radiant.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

1. Exfoliates Dead Skin

This benefit is noticed first. Skin stays much softer and less dry by removing dead cells with this type of natural exfoliation.

2. Stimulates Circulation

Dry brushing enhances blood flow; there are claims that it helps with reducing cellulite even though there isn’t much research yet.

3. Supports Lymphatic System

It helps stimulate normal lymph flow. As a major part of our immune system, the lymphatic system transports lymph throughout the body, removing toxins and reducing puffiness.

4. Natural Energy Boost

Stimulating the nerve endings in the skin, dry brushing may leave you feeling refreshed especially if it is your morning routine.

5. Enhances Absorption of Skincare Products

As it successfully exfoliates the skin, dry brushing prepares it to better absorb skincare products – Body Butters and lotions.

Dry brushing a hand

How to Choose a Brush

Natural, soft-bristle brushes are the first choice. The shape depends on practicality; for example, a brush with a long handle to easily reach your back or smaller ones for brushing your face. Start with softer bristles until you are accustomed to the brushing and swich to firmer ones over time.

How to Dry Brush

The most important thing to know is that brushing should not hurt; gentle pressure is enough, so don’t be rough on your skin. Soft, short strokes are the best.

♦ 1. Don’t wet your skin. “Dry” brushing means the skin and the brush are dry.
♦ 2. When it comes to the direction and order of brushing, you should apply the same technique as you would with lymphatic massage. All moves should be directed toward area where the lymph system drains (termini), beginning with the closest points first.

♦ 3. After finishing, shower as you usually would.
♦ 4. Gently dry your body and apply Whipped Body Butter to maximize skin hydration and elasticity.
♦ 5. Clean your brush regularly with soap and water, let it dry.

Whipped Body Butter in an open jar

When Not to Dry Brush?

If your skin is too sensitive, test a small area to be sure dry brushing is not too aggressive for you. Additionally, if you have any skin condition, it is better to skip this techinique. Always pay attention to what works best for you and do your own research.


Dry brushing is a simple yet effective natural skincare practice that offers numerous benefits for your skin. By gently exfoliating the skin, stimulating circulation, and promoting lymphatic drainage, dry brushing can leave your skin looking and feeling softer, more radiant, and revitalized.

Remember to choose a natural, soft-bristle brush and use gentle pressure to avoid discomfort or irritation. Incorporating dry brushing into your skincare routine can enhance the absorption of skincare products and provide a natural energy boost. However, it’s essential to listen to your skin and skip dry brushing if you have sensitive skin or any skin conditions. Always prioritize what works best for your skin and do your own research to ensure a personalized skincare approach.

This article is not medical advice, always talk with your medical professional about your personal condition.

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