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Breaking Down Beauty: Dry Brushing Your Skin

By Sheila Arkee

With the dry brushing skin care technique, you may never have to buy body lotion again. Are you shocked yet?

Dry brushing is a cheap, easy, and time-tested technique that helps improve the appearance of your skin.  Sounds crazy, but it’s true!

The dry brushing technique came on to my radar over a dozen years ago. It’s simple – by using a natural bristle brush on your dry skin a couple of times a week you not only help exfoliate accumulated dry skin cells, but you improve your body’s circulation. It takes a while to get used to the feeling of dry brushing, but you end up feeling mighty invogorated afterwards.

Some claim that dry helps improve the appearance of cellulite, but honestly I have not experienced that benefit personally. There’s still plenty of cottage cheese where it came from ’round here. Ahem.

Here’s what you need to know to get started with dry brushing —

1. The Brush

My brush came from Big Lots and cost all of $3. You can find similar versions online for comparable prices. Short handled versions are available, but I prefer a long handled brush for those hard to reach areas. The bristles of the natural hair brush are boar. If you are averse to animal products, brushes made with synthetic materials are also available. Make sure to give your brush a good wash once a week with soap and water.

2. When and How Often

It’s best to dry brush in the morning, before bathing. You can dry brush anywhere from once a day to a couple times a week, depending on your personal preference. Dry brushing makes your skin so soft you most likely won’t need to use a body lotion afterwards, but you can always use a lotion if you wish.

3. The Technique

Starting from the bottom of your feet use small circular motions towards your heart. Avoid your girly parts, ladies. From the neck down, brush towards your heart and not upwards.

4. The Results

Dry brushing is a great way to kick start your day and the proof is in the pudding: Smooth, buttery skin. I promise.

  • http://www.minaslater.com Mina Slater

    I love dry brushing and I do it every other day, so 3-4 times per week. I feel a great rush all over once I’m done and it keeps skin so soft and smooth! I need to find a travel brush though.

  • Wendy

    How is it that I’ve never heard of this?

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Mina – it is indeed fabulous!

    Wendy – I’m glad I mentioned it! :)

  • ShannoninBC

    Well, guess what I’ll be trying next! I have sensitive skin so I react to a lot of moisturisers, etc, so if this is the way to great, smooth “buttery” skin, I’m brushing! (or if you’re a Clarence Carter fan, I could say “strokin” but that’s something else altogether lol)

  • Wendy

    OMG Shannon I love you!

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    I admit that I had to look up that reference … oh myyyyyyy. lol

  • Cathy

    I started doing this a few months ago and it really is amazing.

  • Gini

    WHAT? I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’m dubious but will try it…

  • Beth

    This sounds awesome and if the store was still opened I would be in my way ! I do have a question !
    I am a breast cancer survivor and obviously have lymphatic issues ! Do you do circular motion from your hand up and around the shoulder area ? I can’t wait for smooth buttery skin but also want the lymphatic effect also . Thanks

  • Carolyn

    My naturalist Dr. Has recommended this for me nightly before bed to improve my lymphomatic system due to leukemia, it ideas so many benefits no more dry skin, rashes and that’s only after the first week of use!