So, what the heck is dry body brushing?
It’s the process of literally brushing your dry body before showering with a specific bristled brush.
Yup. It might be, but it’s also AWESOME.
There are a handful of benefits to doing this, ranging from cosmetic to health reasons.
Exfoliating before a shower helps give you a smoother shave that will last longer, plus it helps with those irritating ingrown hairs. See other tips & tricks for a better shave here. It also clears dead skins cells to create smoother, brighter, and softer skin all over.
Dry body brushing helps to detoxify the body by stimulating the lymph nodes that live right beneath the skin’s surface. Many detox plans call for daily body brushing for this reason, so why not add it to your shower routine to get a little extra natural detoxification.
3. Clears Pores
Brushing clears oil, dirt, and residue from your pores. Think of your facial exfoliators that remove dirt & oil from your face. It’s the same thing but for your body.
4. Increases Circulation
Brushing in slow long strokes and circles makes you feel warm all over and more energized due to the increased circulation of your blood through the body.
5. Helps with fat deposits
Sounds gross but it’s true. It can improve your muscle tone by more evenly distributing fatty deposits, as well as potentially reduce the appearance of cellulite. While the reduction of cellulite is still being debated, you might as well give this a try before resorting to more drastic action.
6. Best of all, it feels fantastic
It’s like a combination of a massage and getting gently scratched all over – who doesn’t like that? I admit the first time I tried it, I wasn’t used to the sensation so it was a little strange, but the next time I just wanted to keep brushing for hours it felt so good.
So how does one go about doing this?
Invest in a good brush. I use this one from ThriveMarket.com.
Always do it on dry skin before showering. You need to shower/bathe after to remove all that dead skin you’re going to slough away.
Begin at the feet & ankles and work upward to the shins, thighs, stomach, back, and arms. Brush in long circular motions, always toward the heart. The back is the only exception, brush that from the neck down.
And that’s it!
It should only add a couple of extra minutes to your shower routine so it’s a really easy new thing to incorporate.
Comment below if you’ve tried it!