The Dry Brushing Guide

Author Team Essentialist

Dry brushing: using a body brush to gently massage your body in an upward motion. If you're new to this practice, here's a helpful little body map to guide you through the process. The whole thing should take about five minutes so it's a fairly simple and non-committal health boosting ritual. Do it a few times and you'll be map free!

Note: When purchasing a dry brush look for one with firm, natural bristles. 

Pros of Dry Brushing: 
  • Lymphatic drainage (To learn more about this, check out our last blog post)
  • Detoxifying/immune strengthening
  • Improves circulation
  • Brightens skin
  • Exfoliates and softens skin
  • Makes your moisturizer more effective 
  • Reduces appearance of cellulite
When/How to Dry Brush:
  • Pre-shower - make sure your skin is completely dry before starting
  • 5-10 strokes over each area
  • Use gentle firm pressure
  • Stroke towards the heart following the direction of lymph flow
  • Aim to dry brush 1-2x a week however, if your skin is sensitive try once every other week

Basic Dry Brush Map Guide:

  • Do lower body first - start at the toes and work your way up the legs
  • Upper body is second
  • Raise arm above the heart then start at the hand working toward the shoulder
  • Go over torso in clockwise circles
  • End at the neck, use fingertips to gently stroke from the neck to collarbone
  • Post dry brushing, rinse all of the dead skin cells off in the shower
  • Moisturize your whole body after the shower
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated