Shikha Mittal


What Is Dry Brushing? Is It Really Works?

Can you really believe it that firm, natural bristle brush with a long handle, which allows reaching you entire back and easily brush the bottoms of feet and the backs of legs will do miracle. Yes this is the dry brush which can do miracle. There are many ways to exfoliate skin, dry brushing is also the best way to exfoliate, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and aid in lymphatic drainage.  Let’s know what is it, and

What Is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is part of the traditions of Indian medicine going back several thousand years.  It has origins in Ayurvedic medicine and is considered an ancient healing practice. Dry brushes typically have a wooden handle and stiff, coarse bristles made of a natural fibre. As implied by the name, both your skin and the brush should be dry for optimal results. Dry skin brushing simulates your lymphatic system, aiding in detoxification; when your lymphatic system is not performing properly, waste and toxins can build up make you sick. Dry skin brushing also boost your circulation, exfoliates your skin, may reduce cellulite, and offers both stress relief and invigoration. Let’s know more details benefit dry brushing.

What Are The Benefits Of Dry Brushing?

Lymphatic System Stimulating

Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system. The major part of the body’s immune system is lymphatic system as it is made up of organ, lymph node, ducts and vessels. It helps to remove bacteria, toxin and pathogens from our bodies. Most of the lymph vessels that make up your lymphatic system sit just under the skin. As such, dry body brushing every morning helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, helping your body detoxify naturally, strengthening our immune systems, also help in to rapidly get rid of body toxins and induces a calming experience for the person and lessening our susceptibility to illness. It also helps to relieve stress and relax the muscles. 


As already said above that it is the best way to exfoliate skin but how? As the gently abrasive bristle can help to buff away dry and dead skin cell on the skin’s surface, leaving behind fresh skin and thus it will exfoliate skin in better way. It is the great way to get rid of ingrown hair also it helps to target blocked pores and keratosis pilaris which are annoying bumps on arms. It will be amazing if you do dry brushing before you plan to apply fresh fake tan. The results will be best.

Reduce The Look Of Cellulite.

One of the more promising benefits of dry brushing is its ability to help diminish the look of cellulite. It is the myth that cellulite will gone forever. It won't get rid of cellulite entirely, what it does is increase circulation, which causes vasodilation (your capillaries widen, allowing for increased blood flow to skin). This causes a temporary plumping up of the skin, making cellulite look less visible.

Increases Blood Flow

Dry brushing is associated with exfoliation which brushes away the dry cells from the skin. It stimulates the increase of circulation of the blood with new skin cells being produced and thus, helping in feeling great too. 

How Do You Dry Brush?

  • Starting from the ankles and wrists, gently but firmly brush your skin in long strokes towards your heart. Then rinse off your skin in the shower and moisturize with a thick cream or skin oil. According to experts, a dry brush intended for use on the body should not be used on the face as the skin on the latter is more delicate. It should also not be combined with other exfoliating means, like body scrubs.
  • Dry body brushing is fast and easy, all you need is a spare 5 minutes pre-shower!
  • Start at the base of your feet. To dry brush move upwards in circular or sweeping motions and when dry brushing you always want to move towards your heart. Therefore – from your feet to your breast/chest you are moving up, and from the neck to your breasts/chest, you are moving down. You can also do a few short strokes behind your knees.
  • Moving up the body, brush your arms, moving in strokes from hands to elbows, then upper arms to shoulders. You can also gently brush underneath your arms (remember to use only very light pressure on the underarms.)
  • Next, gently brush your chest, stomach, back and shoulders. For these areas you can actually use circular, clockwise movements. Generally, dry body brushing is not recommended for the face and neck since these areas are so delicate and sensitive.
  • Take your time when dry brushing. You are going to want to go over the same area a few times, so work your way up slowly.
  • This should be done for between 5-10 minutes
  • Take a shower after you are done to wash off your skin. 
  • Dry yourself off by softly patting down your skin – move towards the heart.
  • Moisturize with a natural cream, coconut oil, olive oil or shea butter.

Brushing the skin while it is dry allows you to exfoliate and increase blood circulation without robbing it of moisture. Brushing your skin in the shower can lead to drier skin.

Also it is recommended that users wash their dry brush after each use to avoid cross-contamination and microbial growth (ew). And, for the same reasons, don’t share your dry brush.