How to Dry Brush Your Skin and Why

Loving your skin looks different in many ways. If you’re curious about the different ways you can upgrade your skincare game, we’ve got one for you. One word: dry brush. Yes, yet another fun and exciting technique on how to improve your skin’s health.

Dry brushing your body is actually a type of medicine that has been around for ages. It has an array of health benefits not just for your skin, but for your body too. This ritual of stimulating the skin by dry brushing has been used in several cultures from Ayurveda to Ancient Egyptians, Romans, and traditional Chinese medicine. If you’re obsessed with skincare, you will know how to dry brush your skin and why you should do it. If you have no clue what dry brushing is or that it was even a thing, Dawn has you covered.


What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing is when you take a body brush and you apply it to your body and gently massage your body in a forward motion. The type of brush you use matters, as you don’t want to hurt yourself in the process. You should look for a brush that has firm, natural bristles so that you can brush your body comfortably.

As the name suggests, you should brush your skin dry and without lotion. Since it’s similar to exfoliating your skin, you should stick to dry brushing your body once or twice a week to get amazing results.


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When and how should I dry brush?

Dry brushing is best done before you shower or bath. Pay special attention to your thighs and arms since there are lymph nodes in those areas. Take your brush and start at the lower part of your body so that you can work your way up. Start by your feet, apply slight pressure with the brush and then move upwards in circular motions to the upper part of your body.

For your neck and decolletage, use downward strokes starting from the neck then move towards the upper chest area. Take your time when you’re dry brushing your skin, there’s no rush. Think of it like a form of self-care; light some candles and put on your favourite music.


Dry brushing benefits

Here are some incredible dry brushing benefits that you need to know.

1. Helps your lymphatic system

When you dry brush, you are benefiting your health too. Dry brushing can boost the drainage of your lymphatic system. In a nutshell, your blood carries lymph fluid, and when your blood pumps, it removes toxins. By dry brushing, you are speeding up the process of removing toxins in your body.

2. Exfoliates

Body scrubs can take the back seat for a while; dry brushing is here. Dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells are scrubbed away, leaving you with smoother skin. Just remember to not be too aggressive when dry brushing, so that you don’t damage your skin.

3. Helps you relax

We know that everyone has different ways to relax after a long day. Did you know that dry brushing can help you relax too? There’s something therapeutic about taking the time to dry brush your body after a bath.

4. Can improve the appearance of cellulite

Cellulite is normal, our skin goes through a lot! Dry brushing can actually help improve the overall appearance of cellulite. It should not be seen as a treatment though as there are no studies that suggest this, but rather do it so you can feel more confident in your body.


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After dry brushing, your skin might be feeling a little dry; take a shower or bath then hydrate your skin. Dawn’s Shea Butter & Almond Oil Body Lotion revives dry skin and replenishes lost moisture. Rub this lotion over your body to breathe life back into your dull, dry skin after a calming dry brushing session.