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Step by Step: How to Dry Brush Your Body Effectively

Step by Step: How to Dry Brush Your Body Effectively

Why it's good to dry brush your skin

Dry brushing is a powerful way to exfoliate and detoxify the skin. Dry brushes are typically made with firm, natural fibres that penetrate the skin gentle to increase blood circulation and the skins ability to take on moisturizers. The process is most known for removing dead skin cells, improving your blood circulation, smoothing out the appearance of cellulite, and of course exfoliating the skin. 

Why you should remove dead skin cells 

Regular exfoliation is important for your skin and body's health. Regularly dry brushing helps remove dead skin cells that sit on the outside of the skin. By removing these your body is more receptive to lotions, moisturizers and oils. 

The importance of good circulation 

Good circulation is important for your body in that it helps oxygen and nutrients move to the various parts of your body. Additionally, the process helps remove unwanted toxins from your system.

Reducing skin itch by dry brushing 

Exfoliation is a common practice to remove itching skin and hair. Whether you are exfoliating your full body or bikini line regular exfoliation can help skin and hair grow back with less resistance. 

What does a dry brush look like

How to dry brush effectively 

  1. Prior to showering or bathing use the brush while dry.
  2. Start at your feet and brush upwards towards your heart. This is a full body experience, so make sure to get your entire body. 
  3. At first your skin may be sensitive, so dry brush gently. 
  4. After dry brushing, hop in the shower to clean off you skin. You should feel an invigorating sensations. 
  5. Moisturize within 2 minutes of showering, as your skin will be best prepared to take on moisture. 
Infographic - How to dry brush

How often to dry brush 

It is recommended to dry brush 2 to 4 times a week. By dry brushing more often you have a chance you will irritate your skin. The sensitivity will depend on your skin type, so always check in with yourself to see how often you should dry brush. Depending on sensitivities you may only want to dry brush, very gentle, twice a week. 

Treating your skin after dry brushing 

Regardless of when you dry brush, it's extremely important to follow up with a shower, and then apply a moisturizing product, like Hydrating Oil. The skin and pores will be most receptive to moisture, so ensure you apply it after your bath or shower. 

Treating your skin after dry brushing

What are the best types of dry brushes to buy?

Sisal Dry Brush

The most common dry brush is made with natural sisal fibres. These fibres are quite rigid giving your a deep exfoliation. Expect these dry brushes to be targeted at the full body experience. 

Sisal Dry Brush

Jute Dry Brush 

Another option is to look for jute fibres, which are much less rigid than sisal. These are more common in facial or targeted dry brushes where you are looking for a more gentle touch.  

Dry Brushing FAQ's 

Using a dry brush while pregnant 

Please consult your doctor for best advice on pregnancy. From our experience it's highly recommended to avoid your tummy, as during pregnancy you are looking to moisturize the skin as it expands. Dry brushing would exfoliate and is likely to cause irritation on the tummy. However, dry brushing other areas of your body is recommended to increase circulation. Again, listen to your body as during pregnancy you may have extra sensitive skin and dry brushing won't be encouraged. 

Dry Brushing and Razor Bumps

To combat razor bumps it's recommend to work on preventing them entirely. One method is to use a dry brush, usually made with more gentle jute material, to help draw out hairs in your skin. This can lead to better hair regrowth leading to less razor burn and irritation. 

Using a dry brush on your face

It's not recommended to use a rough dry brush on your face. To understand what option is best look for face specific dry brushes, as body brushes made of Sisal or Jute will likely cause too much irritation to the face. 

Cleaning your dry brush

  1. Add water to a shallow bowl.
  2. Add some natural soap or tea tree oil drops to the water.
  3. After steps 2, rub the brush into the water and soap, but avoid the wooden handle (wood and water don't mesh)
  4. After this use another bowl with just water where you can rinse the brush.
  5. Let the dry brush sit and dry. 

How often to clean a dry brush 

Clean your dry brush every couple of weeks by washing it with soap and water and then hanging it up to dry. Depending on frequency of use this appears to be the most common timeline for cleaning and is a quick process. 

How often to replace your dry brush

You should replace your dry brush every 2-3 months, as dead skin cells will build up. Regularly cleaning will extend a dry brushes life, but the bristles will naturally soften and fall out. 

Dry Brushing Cleaning Tips

Dry brushing and working out 

Try dry brushing for a couple of minutes before you begin a workout and you'll find that it will help intensify the detox effect. Whether you are doing a HIIT class, running, spinning, or just headed to the gym, get out your dry brush a couple of minutes before you start the workout, and get the full benefit of sweating and detoxing your skin.

Doing this before a workout, instead of after or before a shower is going to open up your pores. By opening up your pores, your body will eliminate more toxins throughout the workout. This makes dry brushing another way to enhance your workout!   

Conclusion 

Dry brushing is an effective way to treat your skin. If you are looking to take your daily routine to the next level we recommend getting a dry brush. For questions, please don't hesitate to contact us