Dry brushing | A step-by-step guide to this dark horse of skin care

Have you heard of dry brushing yet? I hadn’t either until recently and I was immediately intrigued by the long list of benefits this strange practice included: reduced stretch marks, breaking up cellulite, and toning up skin among other things. I had to try it and was shocked to find that the simple act of brushing my skin before hopping in the shower held up to many of the promises I’d been reading about.

Here at Redenim, we believe style and beauty go hand-in-hand so we wanted to share this fantastic practice with you!

While the outward benefits were obvious within a couple of days, the inner benefits are also worth exploring! So do you want to know how dry brushing works and how to do it yourself for a quick, simple, and free way to cleanse your body inside and outside? Check it out!

How exactly does it work?

Rewind to biology class. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it’s responsible for eliminating toxins from the inside out. Dry brushing, which is exactly what it sounds like, helps unclog pores and move toxins from under your skin’s surface outward. It also encourages drainage of your lymphatic system — another huge system in your body responsible for moving fluids and toxins around.

Lymphatic drainage immediately reduces puffiness but it also helps push toxins out of your system! It helps you both look and feel better and dry brushing is a great way to stimulate this.

Now that you know, here’s how it’s done!

  1. Nab a natural (not synthetic) bristle brush. Getting one with a long handle is perfect for reaching hard-to-hit areas like your back! We recommend this brush.
  2. Before hopping in the shower but after stripping down, begin brushing your skin starting at your feet and moving in long, sweeping or circular motions towards your heart. Like all lymphatic drainage techniques it’s important to work towards your core. 
  3. Once you’ve gone over your legs, repeat with your arms. Then be sure to hit your back and move to your torso. Give some extra love to areas where you’re prone to stretch marks, cellulite, or looser skin. Start gently until you know your tolerance but you will become less sensitive overall the more you dry brush.
  4. Brush over each area a couple times in overlapping sweeps.
  5. Be gentle with or avoid more sensitive areas and use a special facial brush on your face. Or you can skip these areas.
  6. Once you’ve finished, hop in a lukewarm shower (not too hot as this will dry out your skin). If you’re super brave, do a cold water blast to stimulate circulation although this isn’t necessary. It’s important to shower right after dry brushing to sweep away the dead skin cells and toxins that have been brought to the surface.
  7. Check out our simple routine for beating dry skin in and after your shower to use in addition to your dry brushing practice. And be sure to continue dry brushing every day before you shower whether that’s once or twice a day.

Clean your dry brush weekly to keep the bristles soft and avoid buildup. We recommend a warm water bath for the bristles with a mild shampoo and a drop or two of tea tree oil.

But what are the benefits?

  • Exfoliation.

This should go without saying but dry brushing is an excellent exfoliator so much so that you can ditch harsh scrubbing or exfoliating products and tools in the shower. And you’ll end up with even smoother skin because of the added friction of dry brushing.

  • Lymphatic drainage and stimulation.

As I mentioned before, the action of dry brushing helps move built up fluid and toxins from your lymphatic system and out of your body. You’ll notice reduced puffiness and actually start to feel better and more energized from this practice.

  • Stretch mark, cellulite, and saggy skin reduction.

An added benefit of the intense exfoliation from dry brushing is that stretch marks will diminish in depth and color over time. Dry brushing also helps break up and eliminate the toxins stored in your body’s fat cells that we know of as cellulite… without invasive procedures. Finally, the friction from dry brushing also stimulates production in skin cells to bounce back their strength causing looser areas to tighten up a bit.

Paired with a moisturizer routine using products that include hyaluronic acid and ceramides for skin resiliency, your skin will immediately start to look and feel better with dry brushing. More on that here.

  • Pore clearing and decongestion of skin.

We tend to think of skin congestion as a facial problem, but many areas of the body are prone to clogged pores and breakouts. Dry brushing sweeps away dead skin cells and oil that can accumulate in pores causing breakouts. This pore opening action also helps your skin absorb good stuff if you’re applying additional treatments to prone areas.

With this long list of benefits and super simple routine, why not try it out?

Important to note, dry brushing is not for everyone so if you find it causing extreme irritation without building up a noticeable tolerance, definitely quit while you’re ahead.

But there’s no harm in seeing if you too will benefit from this quick, easy, and inexpensive practice. Dry brushing is the dark horse in our skin care routine and we hope you love it too!

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