Get An All-Over Glow With Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is an easy and effective way to help the natural detox process of the body – better yet it can be done at home with the expense of just a simple soft-bristled natural brush.

It is quite simply just what it sounds like – before a shower, ideally every day, take a soft-bristled brush and brush the dead skin off always using motions toward the heart. It takes only 5 minutes and not only does my skin look better and even my cellulite has begun to resolve itself, I have begun to notice that I also have much more energy.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and is often called the third kidney because of its importance in the body’s process of detoxification. The brushing of the skin helps the skin regenerate more efficiently, allowing the load on the kidney and liver to lessen while also boosting blood circulation and cleansing the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an important filtration system for the body and helps to push toxins through and out of your body.

How To: Dry Brushing in 5 minutes

  • Purchase a natural fiber body brush – long handled ones are even better for harder to reach areas.
  • Gently brush the skin from your hands up your arms several times, covering all areas.
  • Then stroke the brush from your feet to the top of your legs in the same way.
  • Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen and your armpits. Then repeat these areas with counterclockwise motion.
  • Brush the chest/breasts and sensitive areas lightly.
  • Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck.
  • You can also brush in a circular motion on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.
  • You can follow with a shower or bath and enjoy the benefits.


  • Celeste

    My friend Nancy has been praising the benefits of skin brushing. I will run out to purchase 2 of them this afternoon, 1 for myself the other for my husband.

    Thanks for the concise steps.

    Healthy regards,


    from *Healthy* to *Healting*

  • Celeste

    I meant *Healing* oopsy trigger happy fingers

  • Suecarswell

    Wow I am going to do this right away. You make it sound so simple and you're a single mom! Love this!

  • Lisa_S_S

    Plan to start this pronto! Thanks for the tips.

  • Lauren

    What's the significance of DRY skin brushing specifically? Do you get the same benefit using a brush in the shower with soap?


  • Lawsonhar

    Will the detox effect of skin brushing help with insomnia?

  • Nancy Shaw

    No Lauren, with wet brushing you don't get as much benefits because much more dead skin comes off with the dry brush because of the friction. Also the methodical upward direction in combination with the invigoration of the dry brush is what is so therapeutic for the lymph system.

  • Frances

    Is it important to for family members to each use their own brush? Do you need to wash the brush periodically, and if so, how and when?

  • Nancy Shaw

    Family members can share the brush, normally you shower or bath afterwards anyway. But that being said the brushes are really inexpensive. (about $5-$10 each) so you could buy a few for the family if your worried about it. To your second question, I would not wash it so as to keep the brush as dry as possible at all times, just replace every 3-4 months depending on how much you are brushing.

  • Suzib1

    I love dry brushing and have done it for years.I am looking for the dual handled back brush in the above photo.Can anyone tell me what brand it is or where to buy it

  • kamoon

    um…it says use counter-clockwise motion on abdomen & armpits…then repeat in a counterclockwise motion? hmmmm…..

  • P G

    I knew about dry brush masssaging many years àgo ,but I just decided to read more about it .would dry brushing be benificial to. Diabetics?

  • suze

    what about killing dustmites and their remains on the body brush?