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7 Benefits of Dry Brushing & Why You Should Start Today!

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry Brushing is an ancient practice that has been gaining in popularity.  I learned about it a few months ago, while browsing on Pinterest. After using mine a few weeks, I loved it so much that I bought my mom one too. She told me it was one of the best things I ever bought her. It’s exactly what it says.  It’s brushing your skin with a dry natural bristle brush like this one here.

What are the Benefits of Dry Brushing?

Here are 7 Benefits of Dry Brushing.

  • Exfoliates Dry Skin – Dry Brushing removes dead skin cells which give the skin a more youthful appearance & glow.

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  • Reduces Cellulite – Dry Brushing stimulates the cells which help with circulation & breaks down toxins beneath the skin.
  • Reduces Stress – Dry Brushing is similar to massage & helps you to relax & eases anxiety.
  • Stimulates Lymphatic System – Dry Brushing helps the skin do its job to detoxify which helps the Lymphatic System do its job.
  • Supports Immune System– Dry Brushing helps to detoxify the body which in turn helps the Immune System.
  • Unclogs Pores – Dry Brushing unclogs pores & helps your skin to absorb more nutrients.
  • Improves Circulation – which also helps expel more toxins which help even more with reducing cellulite.


How do you do it?

  • First, purchase a natural bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach those hard to reach places like your back.

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  • It’s best to use the brush in the morning before showering.
  • Start with the bottoms of your feet & brush with long strokes, overlapping, towards your heart. (Brushing away from the heart is said to cause ruptured vessels & varicose veins.)
  • It should take about 5 min to do the entire body (except face). You need the special face brush for this.
  • As soon as you’re done, get in the shower.
  • After showering, moisturize with a natural lotion or coconut oil to get the best benefits.  It is best to avoid any moisturizers with chemicals.
  • I like to make my own moisturizer using essential oils. I like to add a few drops of each Lavender Oil,  Frankincense Oil  & Grapefruit Oil (Grapefruit Oil has been shown to reduce cellulite) to coconut oil or an organic natural lotion.

A Dry Brush is a perfect gift for your loved one!

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28 comments

  1. Vikki Shackett says:

    Hello Vikki here
    I am excited to try this. I have lost a person in weight witch means I lost alot of weight. For some reason I can’t lose the hell damage on my thighs. Do you think this will help?

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Vikki, First of all Congratulations on the weight loss! How did you do it? I don’t know how much it will help, but it feels amazing & I definitely think it will help some. I think you will love how it makes your skin feel not to mention the other health benefits. I know with that much weight loss, it might not give you the results that you want but definitely won’t hurt to try! I love mine! Let me know how it works!

  2. Vaishali Kamvle says:

    How do you make your own moisturiser using essential oils?
    Can you provide with the exact measurement?

    • Renee' says:

      I like to mix about 25-30 drops of grapefruit oil to 1 c. of coconut oil (or any carrier oil) for cellulite cream. For my face, I mix about 1 oz of almond oil or coconut oil (or any carrier oil) with about 10 drops of Frankincense & 10 drops of lavender. I Sometimes add about 5-10 drops of myrrh too. If you have a favorite lotion or cream, just add about 10-15 drops of EO per ounce. I don’t have an exact recipe. Hopefully, this helps!

  3. Riette says:

    My late father suffered from lymphedema (swelling of legs or arms) due to blokage in the lymphatic system. Dry brushing was prescribed to him as a form of relief and assistance with stimulating the activation of the lymph system. My mom assisted him with this and it really helped a lot!!

    Btw. Brushing on the stomach area always clockwise… and dont be surprised if you suddenly feel like passing air… 😉 !!

  4. Susan says:

    Great article! I just wanted to clarify on the photo exhibiting direction, the abdomen should be dry brushed in a clockwise motion in line with the ascending, transverse, and descending colon.

      • Alicia says:

        Colon is the large intestine and is broken down into 3 parts: ascending colon, transverse colon, and descending colon, food enters the ascending colon on the right and moves left as it passes through the remaining sections.

  5. Justine says:

    I worked in the special-ed Dpt for a public school District for 15 years. We used to do this to the Autistic kids, as well as our ADHD students, and they loved it. It really relaxed them and helped them focus in.

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Naina, Thanks for your question. I guess it would depend on your hair brush. The dry brushes are made of natural bristles, so I would say if you have a natural bristle hair brush, it might work. I would definitely want a clean one. The dry brushes are made specifically for dry brushing so hair brushes may not have the same texture & may be too rough on the skin. I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

  6. Cheryl says:

    I had this done at a spa on a cruise. It made my whole body feel great. I bought it and here it sits unused. No longer tho. Should this be done every day?

    • Renee' says:

      Hi Cheryl, Thanks for your comment. I like using mine everyday but there are days that I just can’t get it in. I try to do it at least 3-5 days a week. I feel so much better when I do.

    • Renee' says:

      I’m not sure about babies, their skin is so delicate, but children would probably be okay. You might want to ask your doctor just to make sure. I am getting one for my 15-year-old for Christmas! She has Hashimoto’s & really dry skin. My mother who is in her early 70’s said it was the best present I ever bought her!

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