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Dry Skin Brush
Dry Skin Brushing

A Self Care Technique for Cleansing the Skin & Lymphatics


The skin plays a vital role in ridding the body of toxins and impurities.  Dry skin brushing is a useful technique to open up the pores of the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system.  When the skin pores are not clogged with dead cells and the lymphatic system is healthy, the body is able to carry out its important function of eliminating toxins and waste material.

Under normal circumstances the skin eliminates waste products through sweating.  If the skin becomes congested due to dead cells and other debris clogging the pores, toxins will need to be removed by other pathways in the body.  This may put stress on the other eliminative organs, such as the kidneys and liver, making them increase their activity.  Over time, these other organs can become overworked as well.

Skin brushing helps remove any build up of dead cells and keeps the skin pores clear and open.  Brushing also increases blood supply to the area bringing with it nourishment and oxygen.  Dry skin brushing will not only help increase circulation and elimination of toxins, but will also improve the quality of the skin and it will look and feel healthier.

Using the Right Kind of Brush


A long-handled, bath-type brush is the most easy to use.  It is essential that it contains natural bristles and not synthetic ones.  Synthetic bristles will scratch the surface of the skin and are harsh and irritating.  The brush needs to be kept dry and not used for bathing.  To look after the brush, wash in warm soapy water every couple of weeks.  Allow the brush to completely dry before using it again.


 How to Do Dry Skin Brushing


Pass the brush should once over every part of the body except the face.  The best time to do skin brushing is just before showering or bathing each day.  People with sensitive skin may need to reduce this frequency to once or twice per week.


Do not wet the skin since it will not have the same effect because the bristles cannot stretch the skin and stimulate the underlying lymph.  The skin should not become red when bushing.  If it does, the brushing is probably too hard.  Try not to make any back and forth motion, circular motion, scrubbing, or massaging movements.  Use long gentle, but firm strokes.  The direction of the brushing is generally towards the lower abdomen.


A recommended whole body brushing routine is:


  • Start at the feet and legs brushing upwards to your hips.

  • Then do your hands and go up your arms to the armpits.

  • Then brush upwards on your buttocks, covering as much of your back as possible.

  • Brush down the neck, chest and trunk.

  • Brush your lower abdomen towards the centre.

Additional Notes


When dry skin brushing, avoid brushing the face.  In addition, avoid brushing any areas affected by skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis.


If you haven’t done skin brushing before, start with only one pass over the skin’s surface.  Over time you can gradually increase the number of strokes done during each skin brushing session.


Always use long gentle, but firm, strokes.  Remember that your skin should not turn red, which means the pressure on your strokes is too heavy.  The idea is to stimulate and not to irritate the skin.

Recommended Dry Skin Brushing Routine
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