Dry Brushing 101
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Dry Brushing 101

The what, why, when, and hows of dry brushing. Seems scary and a little intimidating to scrape a dry brush against your skin. We’re here to tell you when done right dry brushing is not only as easy as exfoliating with a sugar scrub but has a ton of health & healing benefits that come along with it including Lymphatic Drainage, Increasing blood circulation, Promoting healthy skin, and much more.

I learned about dry brushing from Conscious Coconut and they have some high-quality coconut oils and brushes on their sites that you can buy as single refills or bundles! Read on for our Dry Brushing 101!

What is Lymphatic drainage?

Lymphatic drainage occurs in the lymphatic system and is an important part of our immune system. One way we can stimulate drainage is through a manual massage. A Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a type of massage that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph and helps carry waste and toxins from our bodily tissues. According to WebMD, This massage may help with symptoms of lymphedema( Extra fluid build-up). Lymphatic massage can be very decongestive and can reduce swelling and improve circulation throughout the lymphatic system. (1)

This can help with problems such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Digestive problems
  • Detoxing
  • Lymphedema
  • Dry Skin
  • Blood circulation
Circulatory and Lymphatic System Drainage
Circulatory and Lymphatic System Drainage

One way to improve Lymphatic Drainage at home is simpler than it seems. For centuries this has been around and commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Yes, We are talking about Dry Brushing!

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is using a natural bristle dry brush to:

  • Enhance blood flow
  • Improve & stimulate the lymphatic system 
  • Remove dead skin
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Why Dry Brush?

Dry Brushing helps promote blood circulation & lymph drainage by stimulating your nervous system when brushing. Not only is dry brushing great for getting rid of dry skin during the winter months but, it is also a great detoxifier. Using an upward motion from feet up or hand up helps with proper drainage.




After-effects of Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing has been known to lead to toning and sculpting due to the brushing motion which helps stimulate blood flow. When beginning your dry brushing journey start by rubbing coconut or jojoba oil on dry skin before a shower. This helps your skin build a tolerance to getting used to dry brushing. Little by little you can start using the dry brush by itself without oil. Don’t forget to moisturize after your shower!

When should we Dry Brush?

Dry Brushing 101
Natural Dry brushes

You can best enjoy dry brushing at the start of your day or at the end. When I dry brush in the morning I do feel more refreshed and it just leaves me with a buzzing feeling helping me accomplish more tasks. On the flip side, when I dry brush at night I tend to massage some lavender oil also with the jojoba to add a sense of relaxation. This helps me center myself before bed and just push out any harmful toxins.. Personally, I feel this helps improve blood flow along with lymphatic drainage, and that’s where the relaxing/cleansing feeling comes from. 

How to Dry Brush?

Sisal Dry Brush

The steps to Dry brushing are simple and Easy! One key point is to never brush too hard. Be gentle and smooth when applying pressure with your brush onto your skin.

  1. Skin Prep

    Apply Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil from head to toe to prep your skin.

  2. Feet to Stomach

    Start at your feet and work your way up gently to your heart. The chest is where your Lymph System drains so be careful to take your time.

  3. Arm to Heart

    Starting at your hands work upward to your arm and shoulder draining to your chest area.

  4. Stomach

    Using circular clockwise motions start at your stomach mimicking digestion.

  5. Finishing Flow

    After 3-4 minutes you are done and now you can wash away all your dead skin. After your shower make sure to moisturize again.

Repeat 2x a week till you have the hang of it and you will have glowing skin in no time! (Helpful PDF)




Top benefits of Dry Brushing

  • Healthier & younger looking skin by exfoliating and stimulating collagen production
  • Promotes blood circulation leading to more tone and definition
  • Increases energy and aids in stress relief.
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system and promotes lymphatic drainage.
  • Improves puffiness and cellulite.
  • Aids in digestion and revitalizes the immune system

Made Guilt Free’s Top Dry Brush Picks

Favorite Overall Brush

Conscious Coconut Dry Brush

Conscious Coconut essentially started my dry brushing journey with easy-to-read dry brushing tips and tricks available right on their page!  Made with vegan bamboo and sisal, a Mexican aloe plant. This fair trade organic brush runs around $18. 

Vegan Aromatherapy Body Brush

Aromatherapy Body Brush

Let’s be real, who wouldn’t love to create a spa at home. 100% natural vegan and agave sisal bristles help smooth away dry skin. This brush runs a little more on the pricey side at about $32 

Best Sisal Bristles Dry Brush

Sisal Package Free Dry Brush

Another great Sisal brush made by Gingerchi and sold at Package Free. This brush will run you about $22 but, don’t be fooled the sisal fiber, wood, and cotton are 100% backyard compostable.

Best Massage Node Brush

Node Body Brush

Gentle exfoliating with massage nodes to help with blood circulation. Smooth and sturdy to help with softening skin and promoting more collagen production. This brush with its natural wood, bristles and canvas strap will run about $11.

FAQ

Knowledge check

What is Lymphatic drainage?

A Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a type of massage that encourages the natural drainage or stimulation of the lymph and helps carry waste and toxins from our bodily tissues.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is using a natural bristle dry brush to: Enhance blood circulation, Improve & stimulate the lymphatic system, Remove dead skin & Reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

Why Dry Brushing?

Dry Brushing helps promote blood circulation & lymph drainage by stimulating your nervous system when brushing.

When should we dry brush?

You can best enjoy dry brushing at the start of your day or at the end no more than 2x a week until you grow accustomed to it.

How to Dry Brush?

STEP 1:
Apply Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil from head to toe to prep your skin.
STEP 2:
Start at your feet and work your way up gently to your heart. The chest is where your Lymph System drains so be careful to take your time. 
STEP 3:
Next, starting at your hands work upward to your arm and shoulder draining to your chest area.
STEP 4:
Lastly, Using circular clockwise motions start at your stomach mimicking digestion.
STEP 5:
After 3-4 minutes you are done and now you can wash away all your dead skin. After your shower make sure to moisturize again.

What are the benefits of Dry Brushing?

1. Healthier & younger-looking skin by exfoliating and stimulating collagen production.
2. Promotes blood circulation leading to more tone and definition.
3. Increases energy and aids in stress relief.
4. Stimulates the lymphatic system and promotes lymphatic drainage.
5. Improves puffiness and cellulite.
6. Aids in digestion and revitalizes immune system

Helpful PDF

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