The Skinny on Dry Brushing

My pamper sesh includes a new favorite indulgence and it’s called dry brushing. While I’m sure many of you have heard of it, those of you who haven’t must get in the know. It includes a dry scratchy brush and a few minutes before showering to gain its numerous benefits. While that might not sound attractive initially, once you get the hang of it, the practice is surely addictive.



  • Helps to remove metabolic waste in the body by increasing circulation. 
  • Assists in improving lymphatic drainage to remove toxins trapped in the skin. Removing these toxins help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Helps to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells encouraging cell renewal.
  • Ultimately leaves the skin smoother, more radiant and better able to absorb nutrients.
  • Helps reduce razor bumps.
  • Strengthens the immune system by accelerating the clearing of toxins.

 How To:

  • Dry brushing is always performed with a dry brush, on dry skin, right before you shower. (your brush should be made of natural bristles)
  • Starting at your feet, always work your way up towards the heart.
  • Use quick circular motions then long, sweeping strokes.
  • From your legs, work your way to your hands and up your arms. Again, always towards the heart.
  • Perform gentle, circular motions on your stomach and up towards your chest (be extra gentle here).
  • Lastly, brush upward from your lower back to middle and from neck down (a brush with a handle helps here).


Initially the sensation of the rough bristled brush against my skin felt all too harsh. I found that as I started off with a very light hand, I was soon able to apply more pressure in time. After about a week or so, as my skin got used to the practice and it became a very pleasurable experience. My body became warm and I felt incredibly energized and renewed. Followed up by a warm shower and a helping of my favorite body oil, the experience is utter bliss. After over a month or so, I have seen a definite improvement in my skins texture. The areas of cellulite have definitely diminished and appear more toned. I am certainly a believer.

The Best Brush 


11 thoughts on “The Skinny on Dry Brushing

  1. Okay, you have definitely piqued my curiosity. Which brush do you have? Do you have one with the handle or without? I’m guessing that having the handle to attach when you want would be really useful. On the wishlist it goes. Thanks for another great review, Taylor.

    1. My pleasure always Jenny. I have the exact brush in the link, with the removable handle. Its mostly easy to work without the handle unless your doing your back. The brush is fantastic. xo

      1. I’ve picked up quite a few things because of you, and they have all been wonderful. So, I’m sure this is too. Thanks again, hun.

  2. OK. I need to try this! It sounds really interesting and if you like it, then it HAS to be good for you! Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Great post! I have a body brush too but it’s just been sitting there. You’ve inspired me to push through the initial pain (it feels super rough on my skin- not nice) to the other side! I’ll keep you posted on on how it works out for me! xoxo

  4. Wow, interesting to hear that you’ve seen results. I vaguely remember my sister & mom having a dry brush like this when I was a child. Sounds like the perfect spa-like experience to mix up a boring shower routine.

  5. I’ve heard great things about dry brushing but I tried it once and thought it kind of hurt. Perhaps I was just being too harsh at first and needed to start lighter and work my way up to more pressure as you said!

  6. I often have intentions to do this, and never remember when the time comes (even setting my brush out, somehow I forget it!) You’ve renewed my determination Taylor, I’ve got to start doing this!

  7. I keep hearing about this and I’m very curious!
    Here is my question though: does regular exfoliating not do the same thing? I get that dry brushing is dry and a scrub usually involves wet skin, but as far as skin benefits go and increasing circulation wouldn’t it have the same effect??

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