Dry brushing

Dry brushing

Dry brushing your body is a simple way to pamper yourself on a daily basis.

Your skin is the largest organ in the human body and it’s responsible for one-third of the body’s toxin excretion. Dry brushing helps to remove toxins from the skin as it gently exfoliates the skin. Plus it feels invigorating and stress relieving.

It also stimulates the blood circulation and is said to help the body eliminate waste through the lymphatic system. Therefore dry brushing on a regular basis can reduce cellulite.

Dry brushing stimulates and invigorates the body, so it’s best to do it in the mornings, just for a couple of minutes before showering. If you like to exercise in the AM, you can dry brush before your exercise routine and then shower off after.


Dry brushing – How to?

Use a natural bristle brush, preferably with a (long) handle, so you can reach all areas of your body.

The brushstrokes should be directed towards the heart.

Brush each area several times, letting the sweeps overlap to ensure that you don’t miss a spot.

For hygienic reasons, it’s probably best if you stand in your shower or bathtub while you brush your body because you’ll be brushing off dead skin cells.

Step by step

Legs and feet

Start with one leg at the soles of your feet, brushing from the toes towards the heel.
Brush in small circular motions around the ankle.
Apply long sweeping strokes on the lower leg, towards the knee.
Again brush in small circles all the way around the knee.
Use long strokes on the whole thigh and buttock, brushing towards the upper body.

Now repeat on your other leg.

Arms and hands

Next brush your arms, starting from the fingers towards your wrist on one arm.
Brush in small circular motions around the wrist.
Use long sweeping strokes on the lower arm, towards the elbow.
Brush in small circles all the way around the elbow.
In long sweeping strokes, brush the upper arm, brushing all the way towards the heart on your chest and your back.
Brush in small circles on and around your armpit.

Repeat on your other arm.

Upper body

Brush your back and sides starting from the lower back towards the heart in long sweeping motions.
Lastly brush your abdomen in a circular, clockwise motion.

Now you are ready to jump in the shower or to start your exercise routine.


Since you’ll be using your brush daily, remember to clean it with soap and water once a week and let it dry in a dry, sunny place so it won’t grow mildew.


Try pampering yourself by dry brushing daily for a month and see the results!


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