Dry Body Brushing

 Dry body brushing is an ancient healing art that removes dead layers of the surface skin, revitalizes nerve endings and bring about a youthful appearance.

Our skin contains a vast network of blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, nerve tissue, and intercellular fluid. Our skin is the largest eliminative organ in our body and is responsible for a quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. Our skin eliminates over a pound of waste acids each day and receives one-third of all the blood circulated in our body. The skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body but is the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency. Detoxification is performed by a number of organs and glands, including our digestive system, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. Dry brushing helps the skin detoxification and helps stimulate the other eliminative organs as it provides a gentle internal massage.

Body brushing increases venous blood and lymphatic circulation, enhances vital force energy; supports skin health and beauty, and promotes the renewal of new skin cells. Body brushing also strengthens collagen and elsatin fibers to aid in scar healing and removes uric acid crystals and mucous residues. One of the most dramatic results of regular body brushing is toning and tightening of the skin, thus helping to prevent and remove cellulite. Body brushing benefits aging skin by improving circulation, increasing moisture, and strengthening skin pores and sweat and oil glands. It cleanses the lymphatic system, stimulates hormone and oil glands, strengthens the immune system, improves the nervous system function, helps digestion, and tones the muscles.

Tips For Body Brushing

Body brushing should be performed daily as part of a detoxification program or at least twice per week as a routine health maintenance program.

Body brushing in the morning helps you to feel its invigorating effects all day.

Use only a natural vegetable bristle brush. Be aware there are look-a-likes on the market made of synthetic nylon of the same color. These irritate and scratch the skin, causing harmful rather than healing effects.

Use gentle pressure and increase as tolerated. A general rule is to apply light pressure is more sensitive areas (neck) and harder pressure of thicker areas (soles of your feet).

Dry body brushing should take a good 15 minutes but any time you take will benefit.

Brush toward your heart to encourage blood and lymphatic flow. Brushing away from your heart puts pressure on the valves within veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

Begin with your feet and brush in a circular motion continuing up the legs. Then brush your hands in the circular motion continuing up the arms. Then brush your back (upward) , abdomen (upward), shoulders and neck (downward). Lightly brush the breast (avoiding the nipples).

Pay special attention to the soles of your feet, they are often neglected and should be a priority. There are nerve endings that correspond to other parts of the body located in your feet.

Brush the whole body (except face, genitals, nipples, and open/irritated areas).

Always follow dry body brushing with a bath or shower. It’s best to bath or shower in hot/warm water and end with cold water. This further stimulates blood circulation. After your bath or shower, dry off and rub down with an aromatherapy lotion or pure plant oils such as olive, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, or coconut.

Wash your brush every week by rinsing in warm water with a few drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract) or 5 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oils added to it. Your brush can also be cleaned with warm soapy water. Dry in a sunny spot before using to prevent mildew.

Dry brushing will take a good month before you see and experience any changes. If you are trying this detoxification for the first time, start by dry brushing everyday for three months. After three months, brush at least twice a week for routine maintenance.

7 Responses to “Dry Body Brushing”
  1. alma says:

    this is a good article but i have one question, is dry body brushing the same as exfoliation? Should i do both?

  2. Alma,

    Thank you and dry brushing is exfoliation with extra added health benefits. Of course since sensitive areas like the face should not be dry brushed, they should be exfoliated other ways. Just be careful that you’re gentle enough that you don’t damage that sensitive skin.


  3. abdulhameed aldahhan says:

    How can I brush my body in dry condition, is that mean I do not put water or soap during the brushing.

    Please advise.

  4. Abdulhameed,

    Yes, dry brushing means not to use with soap or water.

  5. figsandolives says:

    i have patches of acne-prone/irritated skin at the ‘bottom’ of my glutes – should i avoid those areas, or do it very gently to help the skin ? thank you

  6. Sarah says:

    Are there any body brushes you can recommend?
    Thank you

  7. Sarah says:

    Also how do you do your back? And should you be standing up when doing the legs, or can you be sitting down?

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