Dry Brushing Skin - The Why, Benefits, How and Technique

Did you know that skin is regarded as the largest of the four key eliminative organs in your body? Did you know that skin is sometimes called the “third kidney?” Did you know that your skin is responsible for one-fourth of your body’s detoxification every day? Plus, it receives almost one-third of the entire blood circulated in your body? That skin can eliminate more than one pound of waste acids every day, the majority of which is released through sweat glands?  (Source: https://ahha.org/articles.asp?Id=113) Your skin is the very last organ in your body to receive nutrition, yet the very first to indicate deficiency and imbalance? Dry Brushing daily helps rid the look of cellulite. It also improves the suppleness of your skin tone and helps to prevent wrinkles. It is very important to use a brush that is made from natural bristles. Do make sure that you are using a non-synthetic or nylon brush.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

The process is incredibly inexpensive and highly beneficial. A few advantages that you are expected to witness are outlined below:
1. Dry brushing removes impurities and dead layers of skin.
2. It keeps your pores open and assists the skin in breathing.
3. Gets your blood moving by stimulating circulation.
4. Dry brushing boosts the eliminative capacity of your skin.
5. It revitalizes your skin.
6. The process prevents colds and other similar problems by eliminating harmful, toxic buildup on your skin.
7. Dry brushing stimulates the nerve endings of your skin.
8. It stimulates the oil-producing and hormone-producing glands.
9. It will contribute substantially to a better distribution of fat deposits and a healthier muscle tone.
10. Dry brushing will make your skin look healthier, younger and more velvety than before.

How to Dry Brush Your Body Correctly woman using dry brush technique

This beauty secret is going to take no longer than five to ten minutes of your time every day. I recommend buying a brush with a long handle to make it easier for you to reach every part of your body (especially your back). If possible get a family member to dry brush your back, so you get all the hard to reach places.  It is recommended to opt for a natural-bristle brush approximately the size of your hand. You will most probably brush each part of your body seven to fourteen times. Hang in there – it isn’t as difficult and complicated as it might sound. Always dry brush your body before taking a shower or bath as you will want to wash off the impurities from your skin that come out as a result of the dry brushing. (I would suggest dry brushing while standing in your shower or bath so that you can easily wash away any skin follicles that fall off your body as a result of the dry brushing).

Technique: Beginning from the soles of your feet, brush the skin vigorously using a rotary (circular) motion. To dry brush correctly, you want to start from your feet and move upwards towards your heart and then move to your hands and work your way towards your shoulders. Massage each and every part of your body front and back, except for your face.

Dry Brushing Tip: Avoid blood vessels breaking and varicose veins from appearing by moving the brush away from your heart. So always move out to in and not in to out.

The inner face, thighs, chest, and abdomen are some of the most sensitive areas of your body, and care must be taken while you brush these areas. Avoid being overly rough with your skin. If any part of your body is irritated in any way, or if the skin is broken do not brush it. Try to press the brush against the skin as much as you can stand comfortably. Be very careful if your skin is sensitive. You can also brush your scalp to stimulate better blood circulation to your hair follicles gently.

Recommended Stroking Techniques

Feet: Small, vigorous circular strokes. 
Armpit: Clockwise and anti-clockwise strokes. 
Chest: Above the breast, from breastbone to armpit, and vise verse. Next, sternum to armpit strokes below the breast.
Back: From the middle of the spine up to the shoulders.
Sides: Waist to armpit. 
Neck: Beginning from the back of the neck to below the base of your throat.
Jaw: Starting along the jaw-line and gradually moving down to the collarbone.
Arms: Wrist to the elbow.
Hands: Use circular strokes on fingers, palm and back of the hand.  
Abdomen: Circular clockwise strokes. 
Lower Body: Small circular strokes. 
Buttocks: Small circular strokes. 
Lower Back: Starting at the end of your spine, move gradually up to the shoulder blades.
Legs: Small circular strokes from ankle to knee Brush continuously for approximately five to ten minutes. You will begin to notice a more even tone with a little rosy glow. If your skin looks flaky, apply a moisturizer or beauty oil. The best times to get maximum results are upon rising in the morning and before going to sleep at night. Since dry brushing loosens up dead skin, it is better to take a hot shower or rub-down with a wet towel or a sponge after using the technique. An alternative cold shower is also equally beneficial. Although some people prefer a warm shower, hot/cold bath has a more stimulating effect on your skin.

Post-Brushing Routine

Once you are done with your shower, massage or rub your body with the nourishing oil explained below. You can use any cold-pressed vegetable oil for this purpose. However here is the formula that can be made easily: It is composed of beautifying oils that are known for doing wonders for your complexion. The oil prevents not only premature aging of your skin but also wrinkles and dehydrated skin.

Ingredients:

  • Wheat Germ Oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Almond Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Avocado Oil: 4 tablespoons
  • Sesame Oil: 5 tablespoons
  • Olive Oil: 3 tablespoons

Directions:

Place the ingredients mentioned above into an empty, clean bottle, and shake the mixture well. Add small amounts of the oil mixture to avoid using too much; a few drops are more than enough. Hands, arms, neck, and face tend to be more vulnerable to dehydration. Therefore, it is advisable to apply more oil to these areas. Place the mixture in the fridge for future use. Don’t forget to shake the bottle well every time before applying to your skin.

Warnings

Be very sure to keep your dry brush very clean. Tap your brush over a bin in your bathroom to shake off the dead skin cells. Each person should have their own dry brush- no sharing! Keep your brush in a dry area away from steam and potential mildew. If you decide to wash your brush, you can use soap and warm water. Make sure you rinse it well and that it is thoroughly dried in a sunny area before using it again. Never use synthetic or nylon fiber brushes, since they are too sharp for your skin and might cause damage. It is recommended to start with a soft brush and use a very gentle touch until your body is used to dry brushing. Once you think your skin is seasoned enough, graduate to a natural-bristle brush.

Article Contributed By
Danielle Lewis