Wellness

DRY BRUSHING 101

July 6, 2017

Ever heard of dry brushing? It’s pretty much like brushing your teeth/hair, but skin. If you haven’t tried it- boy are you missing out!!

Your skin is technically the largest organ in the human body. Pretty crazy, right? Dry brushing is a fast, cheap, & easy way to cleanse this extremely important organ of yours. It also wakes up your lymphatic system! This is the system that rids bacteria, cell waste, and viruses from our bodies. When our lymphs are healthy, we feel healthy : )

I’m here to tell you the BENEFITS of dry brushing & HOW to dry brush.

Let get into it!

BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING:
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Rids the body of toxins
  • Unclogs pores
  • Helps reduce cellulite
  • Removes dead skin

Um, I don’t know about you, but all of those things sound pretty great to me!

Sold.

Yup.

Sign me up.

HOW TO DRY BRUSH:
  • First things first. You and your brush are to be completely dry (duh). Just had to say it because this is the whole point! Dry brushing is something to do before you hop into the shower!
  • You should 100% be using a natural bristle brush. I prefer mine to have a longer handle on it so I can easily reach my legs & back. This is the one I purchased, but any will do : )
  • Start at your feet & brush in long strokes up & towards your heart- always. The only exception is when brushing your back- start at your neck & brush down to your lower back.
  • You should overlap as you brush each part of your body, but be careful when brushing over sensitive areas. The more you dry brush, the less sensitive you will be to it (trust me).
  • After you are done dry brushing all areas of your body, hop on in your shower! Make sure you use a loofa or a washcloth to ensure all of the dead skin from dry brushing gets off of you.
  • PRO TIP: While in the shower, alternate between the coldest water you can tolerate to the hottest water you can tolerate. This stimulates blood circulation and really gets ya going!
  • When you get out of the shower, it is important to pat dry skin and moisturize. moisturize, moisturize!!
  • Repeat this every day and you should start to notice amazing benefits : )

We could all use a little dry brushing in our lives, right?

Just do it. You’ll thank me later : )

Tell me about your experiences with dry brushing!

– Katie ♡

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31 Comments

  • Reply Traci July 19, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Love your detailed instructions!! Dry brushing has so many awesome benefits – besides the internal benefits of better circulation and lymphatic flow, it also just makes your skin happier, smoother and more glowy! 🙂

  • Reply Hey Sharonoox July 16, 2017 at 5:30 AM

    First time I heard this but I’m intrigued to give it a go. This sounds like a good tool to remove death skin cells. That’s cool!

  • Reply Erry | Erry Day Life July 15, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    I love this. I’ve heard about dry brushing before, but haven’t tried it. I’m trying to find ways to get rid of my cellulite, so I’ll definitely buy a brush this week!

  • Reply beautychaos July 12, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    I’m glad you included instructions! I will end up buying one of these eventually and then just stare at it, lol. I’m glad to have a guide.

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

      So so glad I could help!!

      xx Katie

  • Reply Natalie K. July 12, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Wow, I had no idea this existed! Well, looks like I’m adding another habit to my spa-shower-bath routine, haha!

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

      It’s a MUST!

      xx Katie

  • Reply Adventuring The Great Wide Somewhere July 12, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    I keep hearing awesome things about dry brushing but still have not tried it. I didn’t realize there was a specific way to do it, either! I thought it was just rubbing a brush all over your legs and arms like you would a loofah, so thank you for telling me the RIGHT way to dry brush. Seems like a cheap and easy way to look and feel good!

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:40 PM

      Yes, so cheap, so easy. You gotta love it!

      xx Katie

  • Reply Hailey Girdlestone July 12, 2017 at 5:56 AM

    I need to get one of these. Sounds like it does wonders for your skin!

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:41 PM

      It does! You’ll feel the difference

      xx Katie

  • Reply Shannon Sawicki July 11, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    I had no idea, sounds like I need to get a dry brush

  • Reply delphinemignon July 11, 2017 at 2:07 AM

    I tried dry brushing before and I really like it, once you’re past the itchiness of the first few days… I have to find that brush again!

  • Reply Kendel | Little Misadventures July 10, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    I’ve heard a lot about dry brushing, but I’ve never done it myself! It sounds so, so interesting now that I know more about it! I might just have to give it a go one day 🙂

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:41 PM

      You really should! And then let me know what ya think after!

      xx Katie

  • Reply Mindy July 10, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    I didn’t know dry brushing was a thing and of course didn’t know any benefits. Now it seems like the thing to do!

  • Reply Liz @ I Heart Vegetables July 10, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    I’ve heard about dry brushing but I didn’t really know what the benefits were! I’m definitely going to try this!

  • Reply Gina Marie | The Professional Woman Blog July 10, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    I’ve read a lot about the great benefits of dry brushing but yet I still haven’t tried it. I don’t know why

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:42 PM

      Do it!! 🙂

      xx Katie

  • Reply Joline July 10, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    My aesthetician convinced me to try dry brushing a few years ago and I’ve been hooked. Thanks for all the tips, especially where to start (I usually just do random parts lol).

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:42 PM

      Gotta love it! Welcome!

      xx Katie

  • Reply eclectickristal July 10, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    I will start doing this from now on. It has so much good benefits

  • Reply Monique July 10, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Wow I need to get one of these ASAP!

  • Reply Andrea July 8, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    From now on, I will dry brush daily!!!! Loved this! I’ve heard of dry brushing but didn’t really pay much attention to it. After reading this I want to get a natural bristles brush and make dry brushing part of my beauty regime 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 12, 2017 at 9:43 PM

      You should!! And them let me know what ya think of it 🙂

      xx Katie

  • Reply Rosh July 8, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Wow new info! Will definitely try 👌🏽
    http://www.myglamgypsy.com

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 8, 2017 at 1:40 PM

      Yay!! Love it. AND love you blog- it’s beautiful!
      xx Katie

  • Reply Kate July 8, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Great post!

  • Reply latishasample July 7, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    thank you for sharing! I wanted to know more about an effective way to do dry brushing and what the benefits were and you gave me just the info that I needed. Great rad and very informative.

  • Reply Jenny July 7, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    How long should I spend in each area or total for my whole body?

    • Reply healthyhappyblonde July 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM

      Total for your whole body it literally takes like 5 minutes 🙂 maybe even less?
      The length of my typical strokes are about from my ankle to my knee, then I’ll usually go over each stroke once more!
      Hope that helps 🙂
      xx Katie

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