Benefits Of Dry Brushing: How To Do Dry Brushing The Right Way

Benefits Of Dry Brushing

We all brush our teeth as well as our hair daily. Nevertheless, have you heard of brushing your skin?

Dry brushing has gained popularity and is offered on menu at spas because of its potential health and beauty benefits.

Benefits Of Dry Brushing

Benefits Of Dry Brushing

What Is Dry Brushing For Skin?

As it sounds dry brushing is brushing your skin with the help of a dry brush in a particular pattern. It is mostly done before showering. Let us know the benefits of dry brushing and acknowledge the reasons for considering it.

What Are The Benefits Of Dry Brushing For Skin?


While we brush the skin with the help of a firm and bristled brush the dead skin cells gets loosen and removed naturally thus exfoliating the skin. Regular dry brushing makes the skin less dry and you get a soft skin after a few week.

Benefits Of Dry Brushing For Skin

Benefits Of Dry Brushing For Skin

Clear the Pores

Along with the added benefits of exfoliating the skin, the dry brushing also clears the dirt, oil and residue from the skin pores. For the face, gentle and smaller dry brush is recommended. In a few weeks, pores are less noticeable.

Lymphatic Support

The body lymphatic system is a major part of our immune system. The lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes, duct, organs and vessels that supports the flow of lymph throughout the body. The process of dry brushing stimulates the normal flow of lymph within the body and does helps the body to detoxify itself.

Boost Energy

Although there is no scientific proof that dry brushing boosts energy but people who practiced it reports that they have experienced natural energy boost up. Reason behind may be that dry brushing increases the blood circulation and the flow of oxygen to the brain and the other parts of the body.

Reduces Cellulite

Again this evidence is anecdotal but there are many people who claim that regular dry brushing reduce the cellulite.

How To Select A Dry Brush? 

For dry brushing a natural and firm bristle brush is recommended. It is better if the brush has a long handled that allows you to reach entire back and the bottom and back of your feet. For face better to use a brush with soft bristle.

How To Dry Brush Your Skin?

To dry brush your skin start with your feet. Apply gentle pressure with a firm brush. First, brush your feet and then move upwards applying long and smooth strokes on your legs. It advised to typically brush each section of your body at least 10 times. To promote the lymph flow, brush towards the chest area as the lymph system drains there. Follow the thumb rule of dry brushing and that is brushing towards the centre of your body. Repeat the process with the arm starting with your palm and brushing up the arm towards your heart for 10 times. On armpits and stomach, brush clockwise in circular motion. Repeat the same on your back. For face use delicate brush.

Final Words

If you have sensitive skin or have history of eczema and other skin conditions aggressive dry brushing over the time may irritate your skin or alleviate your condition. This is why it is always recommended never to brush too hard and apply smooth and soft strokes. Y

In general your skin my become slightly pink on brushing but make sure not to apply the pressure that turns your skin red or stings.

If after practicing dry brushing for a few days you experience itchiness, redness or discomfort maybe you are not dry brushing the proper way so it is recommended to take a dry brush session. If the bothersome symptoms do not stop, better avoid dry brushing sensitive areas and consult a dermatologist to know other ways to detox your skin such as detox bath.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.