Dry Brushing Skin Can Improve Cellulite, Circulatory, & Lymphatic Health

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Dry Brushing Cellulite

In my next book, Heal Local, as part of the section on circulatory health I recommend dry brushing as one of the most important things you can do for the system. I think at first glance that may seem odd. Some of you may even be wondering what I mean by dry brushing.

This past weekend I was talking to a relative about her psoriasis and as I began to recommend she start a dry brushing habit I realized that perhaps it would be a good topic to share with our readers here.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the practice of using a natural brush with stiff bristles (like this) to brush your body. You’ll want a more gentle brush (like this) for your face.

The How-To

It is best to use small, straight movements in the direction of the heart rather than circular movements. Start soft until you become accustomed to the feeling. These movements should be short and fluttery. You might envision that with each movement you are moving something that is under the skin from one area to another.

Your skin should be pink and tingly, not red and irritated when you are finished. One of the most common mistakes people make is taking their brush into the bath or shower. Dry brushing is a dry process. It should be done at least once a day and is best done before bathing or showering.

Why You Should Dry Brush

Circulatory Health

Dry brushing stimulates blood flow out to the small capillaries in your skin that are often fed less as we age.

Younger-Looking Skin

Because you are stimulating blood flow to the outer layers of your skin, your skin is getting properly oxygenated. This means less wrinkles. It can also mean an improvement in the appearance of cellulite. It definitely means that you are getting regular exfoliation which will keep your skin glowing, remove dead and toxic debris, and may help to prevent wrinkles.

Lymphatic System Health

Our lymphatic system flows along with the circulation. It is responsible for moving toxicity out of our bodies through the skin and lymph nodes. Be sure to stimulate especially those areas near the groin, around the breasts, and under the armpits as you work your brush. Your immune system will thank you! (NOTE: The benefits to the lymphatic system are the reason I was recommending dry brushing to the relative with psoriasis.)

Metabolism Boost

Do you typically feel cold? Do you need to turn your shower up to the maximum heat setting just to feel comfortable? Dry brushing will bring heat and warmth to your extremities and encourage your blood flow to continue, keeping your thermostat running better.

It feels awesome!

Seriously, once you start you may become addicted.

Important Tips & Suggestions for Dry Brushing

  • For best results, your skin brushing routine should become a habit. It takes several weeks of daily brushing to see a change in the look of your skin and it takes longer to change the behavior of your lymphatic and circulatory system.
  • Don’t brush over open wounds or rashes. Be gentle with yourself.
  • Drink plenty of water each day to maximize the functioning of your body’s natural detoxification systems.
  • Dry brushing is catching on in the mainstream so you will hear about it all over the place. I’ve heard some pretty lofty claims about the practice, including the notion that this is a way to lose weight! Be sure that you are following what feels right to you, what makes you feel healthy, and avoiding suggestions that aren’t right for your individual body.

How about you? Have you ever tried dry brushing your skin? What did you think?


About Dawn Combs

Dawn is a wife, mother, farmer, author, ethnobotanist, professional speaker, and educator. She has over 20 years of ethnobotanical experience, is a certified herbalist, and has a B.A. in Botany and Humanities/Classics. Dawn is co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows Farm. Her books include Conceiving Healthy Babies and Heal Local.

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  1. Jennifer says

    I was looking at the brushes you recommended however they appear to be quite expensive in Canada. Is there a difference in the quality of brushes you can buy? Do you have any tips on finding a good brush?

  2. Pigmom100 . says

    I 1st heard of dry brushing maybe 20 yrs ago. My blind son was about 5. He would jump through his skin when startled by loud sounds, such as fire sirens. This is dangerous when walking close to traffic and w/a cane.

    As part of his therapy brushing was used to calm and bring his senses inline with each other. We did see improvement but do to the nature of brushing, it was some what frowned on. After a short time it was stopped. Maybe things would be better if we stayed with it longer. I’m going to start on many own skin right away. Thanks