The Benefits of Dry Brushing


Dry brushing is something that’s fairly new to me. I tried it for the first time this summer (last month, to be exact) and have been loving it ever since! Why does dry brushing matter, you ask? Well, it can help amp up the natural glow in your skin, improve hydration, and even help rid your body of toxins. It’s not your average exfoliation and here’s why!

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

  • It can help to get rid of dry and flaky skin.
  • Dry brushing  gently exfoliate your skin AND improve overall circulation.
  • It can help cell turnover and improve the youthfulness of your skin because it helps bring blood flow to your skin.
  • Dry brushing can help your skincare products work more efficiently. Just as exfoliating your face can help your facial skincare products absorb better, dry brushing can do the same for your body lotions and oils.
  • Dry brushing can help rid your body of toxins and fluid buildup which may result in less cellulite, softer and more plump skin, less skin discoloration, more energy and vitality, and less of that “puffy” look in your skin.
  • Dry brushing is a nice form of meditative therapy – Take a few minutes out of your day once or twice a week (depending on your skin type) to gently massage your skin. It feels very calming and can also help give you a little more energy if you happen to do it in the morning or after a hard workout!

How to Dry Brush: 

 First, you’ll want to purchase a dry brush. I am using one from Bodecare, but you can purchase any number of different kinds of dry brushes from numerous places online as well as your local drugstores. I’ve even seen them at Target so that’s an option as well! Once you have your dry brush, I recommend doing it before showering just because dry skin flakes off like nobody’s business, especially if you happen to have dry skin or psoriasis issues ( I do ). Start lightly massaging the brush in circular motions from your feet, working upwards towards your heart. Once I reach my abdominals, I stop there and go to my hands, working inwards toward my heart again. Once I finish my shoulders, I work inward from my chest to my heart and then I’m done! It’s really easy; you don’t have to press hard or anything. You can linger on any one area as needed, but go gently and take your time. The brush is quite gentle as it is, but I can see it irritating sensitive skin if you press down to hard on your skin or do it too often. Also, it’s worth mentioning that you can dry brush your body and also your face, but it’s up to you. There are different brushes for each area. The most comprehensive brushes I’ve found, again, are from Bodecare because they have ones for the face and ones for the body.

For more tips on how and when to body brush, check out the Bodecare YouTube Channel


How Often Should You Dry Brush?

How often you dry brush is up to you. Some people recommend 1-2 times per week while other people recommend as many as 4-5 times per week with a few days rest in between each set of days. Other people say it’s best to dry brush 1-2 times per month. Personally, I think it depends on your skin and skin type. If you have super oily skin or a tendency towards dry or even acne prone body skin, maybe you want to start with 1-2 times per week and work your way up depending on your own needs. If you have more sensitive skin, you might want to limit to 1 time per month. Feel it out and see how you feel because everyone is different.

Dry Brushing Tips 

  • Start out with 1 time per week and see how you feel. As I said, some people will feel like they need more to feel the results while others are fine with 1 time a week or even 1 time per month so try it and see how you feel.
  • Dry brush before showering or bathing. This will help maximize the exfoliation and also help with absorption of body lotions, oils and balms. Usually, what I do is dry brush and then I apply a body oil or balm before getting in the shower. Then, I wash and bathe as normal in the shower and apply a body lotion or another oil when I finish. You might find that if you apply the oil before showering that you don’t need one after, but this is just what I do. I find that this helps my skin retain more hydration and also serves to help the body oils absorb most efficiently rather than waiting to do it when I’m done showering.
  • Use A Body Oil or Lotion Afterwards. You don’t want to use any kind of body product that says it exfoliates skin because you’ve just exfoliated with dry brushing. Using a product that says it has AHA’s, Salicylic Acid, or Retinol will actually cause more harm than good in this case because you’ll be over-exfoliating so leave those products for your non-dry brushing days to avoid irritating your skin. Instead, use a healing, repairing and nourishing oil, lotion or balm to lock in moisture and help cell turnover.
  • Try Face Dry Brushing! I know, it sounds totally bizarre and is a little unorthodox, if you will, but it’s surprisingly beneficial. If you’re someone who hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon of using a facial cleansing brush like a clarisonic or you want something cheaper, try this! Facial brushing (gently!) can help increase blood flow to your skin improving cell turnover, get rid of dead skin cells, and even help with fluid build up if you have any fluid retention. On top of that, for older women who deal with sagging skin around the neckline/chin, this might help firm and plump up that area quite a bit!

Have You Tried Dry Brushing?

If Not, Would You?

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16 thoughts on “The Benefits of Dry Brushing

  1. August 5, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    I bought a dry brush at least a year ago at the Body Shop and still haven’t used it yet! I keep seeing it there and thinking about it so I should really do it today before my shower and see how it goes!
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    1. August 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM

      Definitely do and let me know how it goes! It has made such a massive difference in my skin and energized me so much!

  2. Liz
    August 5, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Interesting! I never really understood the point of it.. this cleared it up 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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    1. August 11, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      I didn’t either and I thought it was all kind of fad-ish until I tried it for myself. It’s made such a big difference for my skin and how I feel that I’ve made it a regular in my routine.

  3. August 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I’ve tried dry brushing in the past and really liked it! But, I never remember to do it on a consistent basis. I tend to remember more in the winter when my skin is dryer, so I am loving this post since it serves as a great reminder to make this a regular practice. Thanks!!
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    1. August 11, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      It is difficult to remember to do it. I try to keep my dry brush where it’s visible in my bathroom to remind myself haha.

  4. August 5, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    I’ve heard about dry brushing before and keep meaning to try it long term. Thanks for this article it helps me feel motivated!
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  5. Lisa Sharp
    August 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    I have been meaning to try this! Thanks for sharing the tips!
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  6. August 8, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party. It has been pinned to our party board on Pinterest.

  7. August 12, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Interesting!! I never knew! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love partying with you!! Pinned!
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  8. August 12, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    I had heard of this before, but hadn’t actually seen a dry-brush. I would definitely be interested to try, I’ll have to keep my eyes open for one in the stores.
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    1. August 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      they are AMAZING. I thought it would be kind of useless, but it is surprisingly effective if you have dry skin or just want to improve circulation and flush out toxins. It actually is very energizing. You could probably find a good dry brush online or at Target. Thanks for visiting!

  9. March 9, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Great, informative post! I haven’t done dry brushing, but it’s on my list of things to start doing. I should just get a brush already! Pinning!

    1. March 11, 2016 at 1:14 PM

      thanks I’m glad you found it helpful! Dry brushing makes such a big difference in circulation, glow in your skin, brightening skin tone, and also in the dry patches I get from eczema. I really love it 🙂 Hope you find a good brush! thanks for stopping by and sharing my post ♥

  10. Linda Manns Linneman
    April 30, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    I have never heard of dry brushing before. It really makes sense. I will have to pick up one of these brushes and give it a try. Thank you for sharing

    1. May 4, 2016 at 10:50 AM

      It is SO beneficial and it makes such a difference in my energy and mood! Seriously, you will love it once you try 🙂 Hope you give it a go and thanks for stopping by, Linda!

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