Health Benefits of Dry Brushing

Jun 01, 2017

Health Benefits of Dry Brushing

We all tend to pay special attention to the skin on our faces – washing, exfoliating, moisturizing…But what do you regularly do for the rest of your skin (and the rest of your body, for that matter)? You should be dry brushing – an easy skin and health regimen that has a myriad of benefits.

What Is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is a relatively easy hygiene practice that simply involves “brushing” your skin. The important part is that you use a dry brush and long sweeping motions and large circular, scrubbing motions. This is a practice that is so effective and so beneficial you should be doing it at least once a day if not twice.

5 Reasons You Should Start

As crazy as it may sound to “brush” your skin, we want to convince you how important it is. Other than that it just feels good, we suggest dry brushing for 5 main reasons.

1. Improved Lymphatic Flow

Your lymphatic system processes all of the waste products that move through your body. When your lymph system is not processing correctly, toxins and waste build up and make you sick. Dry brushing helps flush your lymphatic system and release toxins.

2. Increased Circulation

Your circulatory system also plays a key role in keeping you healthy. When you dry brush your skin, you increase blood flow throughout your body, which also helps your body release metabolic waste.

3. Improved Digestion

Dry brushing also has a positive effect on your digestive system. Digestion promotes the regulation of your digestive system by promoting blood flow and promoting the movement of water throughout your body. This means you shed more excess water and you eliminate built-up toxins in your body.

4. Relieved Stress

Stress causes a number of debilitating effects on your body. Dry brushing is a semi-meditative practice that helps reduce tension in your muscles, calms your mind, and relieves stress naturally.

5. Exfoliated Skin

Obviously one of the biggest benefits of dry brushing is that it effectively exfoliates your skin. It removes dead skin cells, improves the overall look and feel of your skin, and even clears clogged pores.

How Do I Start?

Beginning a dry brushing regimen is literally as easy as getting a brush and softly circulating it over your skin. However, it does matter what type of brush you use and how you use it. You’ll want to get a brush with natural bristles that are vegetable-derived. You also want a brush that has stiff but not hard bristles.

Once you’ve selected an appropriate brush, you are ready to get started. Begin by brushing toward your heart in long sweeping and large circular motions. Start at your feet and move up and then from your arms in toward your chest. Remember not to brush too hard – your skin should be rejuvenated but not red or irritated after brushing.

Even if it seems like an unusual practice, we suggest you give dry brushing a try. You’ll be surprised by the number of health benefits you’ll experience even as you just start. Please share your feedback with us!



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Posted by Shellyoho (Dayton, Ohio) on 03/17/2017
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I tried Dry Brushing for the first time and I guess I overdid it because I broke out in small pimples and very itchy all over my body. I read that brushing too hard could cause small cuts and infection. If I do have skin infection wondering which remedy would best, ACV or Hydrogen Peroxide? Also, should I try to clear up before next brushing or do you think the continued brushing would help clear up? Thank you

Replied by Bluespyder
Charlotte Nc
06/01/2017

You can also use a plastic brush, no cuts or abrasions.You will still reap the benefits of dry brushing.


Posted by Laurie (Vacaville, Ca) on 06/05/2014

Could you start a section on dry brush massage? This is a very traditional and healing therapy in many Scandanavian countries.

EC: Thank you for the suggestion! New page has been created.


Replied by Rober Henry
Ten Mile Tn.
06/09/2014

HI U TREASEA OF 'O8,

Have known and used dry skin brushing for many years but it is now a big deal since I crushed my T 12 vertebre last Feb. My feet and ankles got as large as an elephants. My skin burst and my leg nerves went crazy. Could not sleep. Thought I was smart but guess not. I am still having problems, but I think your skin brushing technique will help.

My swelling went down some when I got out of my GONE WITH THE WIND CORSET, but life is still interesting. I know my lymph system is screwed up and I do skin brushing every morning. Now, I will use your technique after following this post to your recommendation. Will start doing my rebounder when I think my back can stand the trauma.

I am smart enough to know folks who have something to contribute and those that just need to run their mouth. You have done a service to your fellow man and I thank you.

========OLE ROBERT HENRY======

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Posted by Beccy (Denver, Co) on 09/23/2013

To Teresa from Portland, how long do you have to be in the bath for? And where did you get these instructions from? I'm just wondering why the specific number of times? Thanks so much for posting this!


Posted by Annaj (Cairns, Queensland, Australia) on 06/23/2013
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I have had a noticeable improvement in cellulite with dry brushing and cold showers. I am a female age 40 and have had cellulite on my thighs since my teen years. I started dry skin brushing and cold showers and the skin has become much smoother within a couple of weeks.



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06/08/2008: Teresa from Portland, Oregon writes: "This is to Janice in Austin , TX... You will lose your weight. You can do it. There is a solution to everything and the gift of ACV and dry brushing is it! I had cellulite on my thighs all my life until I started bathing in ACV about four years ago. Every day I would add:

1 C. ACV and
1 C Baking Soda

Before the bath I would dry brush my skin. Here are the directions:

Your best bets for getting rid of cellulite are dry brushing, connective tissue massage, working though the emotional issues that are causing the toxins to stagnate, eating foods that feed the skin, an alkaline diet program and a consistent/persistent exercise routine. These techniques will break down the unwelcome toxic body deposits and send them scurrying out your body through the elimination channels we discussed above. And your health will be SO much better for it!

Here are the verbose directions.

(You will do most steps 7-14 times. Hang in there -- it's not as complicated as it sounds and doesn't take as long as it seems once you get the flow of it.)

1. Using your right hand, gently slide the brush along your right jaw line starting from your earlobe to the underside of your chin 7 times.

2. Place the brush at the hairline on your neck and gently pull around the right side of your neck to the Adam's apple 7 times.

3. Hold the brush with your right hand at the bottom of your neck (where it joins the top of your back) and bring it around your neck to the right and down along your right collar bone and end up between your collar bones 7 times.

4. Stroke your breastbone in a circular fashion to stimulate the thymus gland 7 times.

5. Carefully brush the breast in a circular motion 7 times.

6. Repeat the above steps for your left side holding the brush with your left hand.

7. To stimulate the pituitary gland, hold the brush on the back of your head near the base of your neck and rock the brush up and down, then side to side, both sides 14 times.

8. Hold the brush in your left armpit with your right hand and rotate it counter clockwise 7 times, then clockwise 7 times.

9. Repeat on your right armpit with your left hand.

10. Brush upward 7 times from your upper right thigh to your right armpit.

11. Repeat process on your left side. Women may need to hold their breast out of the way with their free hand.

12. Brush back and forth over your belly button and around your waistline 14 times (like passing a basketball behind your back).

13. Brush in a circular motion over your belly-button, counter-clockwise 7 times then clockwise 7 times.

14. Finish brushing the front of your body in any direction starting at the bottom and brushing all the way up 14 times. Very little pressure needs to be applied to the genitals and women's breasts because the skin is sensitive and will redden if irritated.

15. Brush up and down your spine from the base of your neck and down as far as you can 14 times.

16. Finish your upper back by stroking it around toward your sides.

17. Brush your spine from tailbone up as high as you can reach 14 times, holding the brush with two hands or with the detachable wooden handle.

18. Finish your lower back by stroking it around toward your sides.

19. Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart.

20. Hold the brush in the right groin with both hands and rotate it 7 times counter-clockwise, then 7 times clockwise.

21. Repeat with the left groin.

22. Brush from right knee to right hip 7 times.

23. Work all the way around your leg continuing to brush upwards (towards the heart).

24. Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart.

25. Brush around your right ankle 7 times.

26. Brush back and forth over the top of your right foot from toes to ankle.

27. Brush across your right toes on top and underneath 7 times.

28. Brush the bottom of your right foot heel to toe 7 times.

29. Now do the same with for the left foot, leg and thigh.

30. Brush upward from right elbow to your armpit and shoulder 7 times.

31. Brush from your right wrist to the elbow in the same manner 7 times.

32. Repeat steps on your left arm.

33. Lightly brush the webbing (or junction) between your left thumb and index or pointer finger on the palm side 14 times, then on the non-palm side 14 times.

34. Brush your left palm from wrist to fingertips and back 7 times.

35. Brush the back of your left hand the same way 7 times.

36. Brush each left hand finger individually back and forth 7 times on the areas that have not been brushed yet.

37. Repeat the steps for your right hand.

After brushing, take a hot shower with soap (about three minutes in duration), followed by a 10-20 second cold rinse. Repeat this procedure three times. If the hot/cold showers are too extreme, a warm shower can be used. Follow the shower with a rubdown with either a sponge or towel to remove dead skin.

Problems with dry, flaky or thickened skin on your feet? One of my favorite products obtained from your local Rite Aid Store is called Pretty Feet & Hands Rough Skin Remover. This stuff is awesome. Shake well before using. Pour about a quarter-size puddle of fluid into the palm of one hand, then rub the areas that have lots of dry skin on them. The dry skin balls up in your hand. Rinse the areas and apply lotion. Note: You can only do this process once a day. The product doesn't work after the area is wet or after a shower. It may take up to four days for those tough areas like the feet to make the skin like new. The product appears to be safe and does not cause allergic reactions. One 3-ounce bottle usually runs around $10.

Dry brushing along with the ACV baths is what did it. At the time, I was not trying to get rid of cellulite. I was trying to get well after a stint in the hospital. I had a serious illness too.

I stopped doing the baths about two years ago and all my cellulite returned. At first I did not know why or how. Then I recalled what I had done in the past and started doing more extensive reasearch, since I have the internet now.

I have been dry brushing and bathing in ACV for about two weeks and there is serious improvement.

Note, while I am in the bath tub, I am scraping my skin with my finger nails. I know this sounds strange, but it's like when you shave your legs, it helps to get all the junk out and you can actually see the different colors of junk. At first I really did not know what is was four years ago. Now I know. It's toxins that my body is ridding itself.

You will also notice it's greasy. Yes, it is fat.

Finish up with coconut oil to make your skin nice and silky smooth. Nothing out there compares to this oil.

There will so may other benefits to ACV and dry brushing you can read on the internet.

That is my tip :-). I know it will work for you because that is how God designed our bodies to operate. It truly is awesome. May God richly bless you!!!