So you bought a dry brush because wellness, but you’re probably wondering what the heck to do with it. What is the correct way to dry brush? And what exactly does using a dry brush do for your health?
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This super easy, inexpensive wellness trick cleanses the body inside and out. The skin is the largest organ and one of its jobs is elimination. One-third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog the pores and eliminate toxins that are trapped in the skin. Dry brushing exfoliates dead skin so that your skin stays smooth, it stimulates your lymphatic system, reduces cellulite, unclogs pores and decongests skin.
Before getting into the correct way to dry brush, make sure you purchased a natural (non-synthetic) bristle brush. You want your dry brush to have a long handle so that you can reach all areas of your body easily.
Once you’re ready to dry brush, stand naked in the tub. You don’t want the dead skin to be all over your floor—I know, it’s gross. The correct way to dry brush is to always brush toward your heart. This is the most important dry skin brushing rule to follow. Start at your feet and move in a long sweeping motion toward your heart. Brush from your hands toward your heart, from the lower back upward, and from the neck down. Brush from your belly toward your heart. Brush each area several times, overlapping to make sure you get every spot.
What about the correct way to dry brush your face? Start by washing your face. Use a separate brush just for your face. Start at the chin and work your way up. Either use a face mask after dry brushing or simply apply an oil to moisturize and nourish the newly opened pores.
Always dry brush before you get in the shower. Alternate between hot and cold water to improve your circulation and bring more blood to the top layers of the skin. After you shower, pat the skin dry and use a natural oil like rosehip or coconut oil to moisturize the skin.
Bonus: Dry brush before you self-tan for a more even application.
If you want to maximize the benefits of using a dry brush, practice this wellness technique every single day—twice a day is even better. Clean your dry brush once a week with soap and water. Air dry the brush in a clean and sunny place.
Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate