How to Dry Body Brush – Easy Step by Step Guide

People are often a little intimated when first thinking of how to dry body brush. Especially because they think it will take a long time, or they will forget the directions.  The first thing they say is “I’m too busy to do that” or “do I have to do it every day?”. Well, I’m here to tell you (in a nice way), no you’re not too busy! It’s really easy (it can be as quick or long as you like- usually 2-7  mins) It will work around your schedule, and you’ll LOVE it! The energising benefits of dry body brushing can be felt days after. You will notice your skin will tighten and a reduction in cellulite in many cases, particularly if complemented by exercise and a healthy diet.

Dry body brushing is a natural health practice, which involves brushing over dry skin and followed by a shower or bath.  Dry body brushing has been used for years because the health benefits are so extensive.  It can improve venous blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, release toxins, exfoliate dead skin, reduce ingrown hairs and more.  Brushing can also assist in reducing the effects of dry skin conditions like Psoriasis, Keratosis Pilaris, and Eczema. For a more detailed explanation see our benefits of dry body brushing post.

General dry body brushing guidelines

  • Always use a plant bristle skin brush. These are the most effective types of brush and are far better than plastic bristles as they are better at removing excess body oils while providing better exfoliation due to the bristle micro-structure.
  • Choose a bristle strength to suit your skin concern and/or condition. If you are not sure checkout our other posts on choosing the right body brush or the benefits of dry body brushing.
  • Perform on dry skin only.
  • Generally stroke upward in one motion.
  • Repeat brush strokes 7 times per area of the body.
  • Adjust pressure to your comfort levels.
  • Work from left to right side of the body.
  • Always nourish your skin after brushing by a shower or bath, and then applying moisturiser to keep skin hydrated and in its best condition.

 

Before dry body brushing observe the following precautions

  • Never body brush over active inflammation e.g. open wounds, inflamed sores, varicose veins, sunburnt skin.
  • Never body brush during an active cancer state or over enlarged lymph nodes.
  • If pregnant seek doctors advice first before dry body brushing.
  • Avoid breasts and genetalia
  • If an allergic reaction appears, stop brushing.

How to dry body brush

Now that we have covered some precautions and some do’s and don’t’s, you can either read on for the step by step instructions or watch the following video on how to dry body brush. This Dry Body Brushing routine has been developed to aid the body’s lymphatic drainage and for that reason, all brush strokes are toward the major lymph nodes in the body.

As a helpful guide, refer to the following images for the general direction of your brush strokes during your body brushing routine.

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Step 1 – Feet

  • Start on the left foot at soles of feet. Brush between toes a few times.
  • Brush the sole of the foot from toes to heel, follow each brush stroke with a soothing sweep of the other hand.
  • Continue on top of the foot and brush between toes a few times.
  • Stroke the top of the foot from toes to ankles and ending at Achilles tendon behind ankle on the outside of the foot.
  • Repeat brushing on the top of the foot, but end on inside of the ankle
  • Repeat for the right foot.

Step 2 – Legs

  • Start on the left leg. From the ankle, continue brushing upward moving from ankle to calf ending at the knee.
  • Brush from shin to the knee and repeat gradually moving around the lower leg.
  • Gently brush behind the knee as there are a number of lymph nodes in this area
  • Brush the front of the knee with upward brush strokes.
  • Brush from knee up the hamstrings towards the buttock on the outside of the leg.
  • Move around the leg brushing from knee to groin along the quadriceps ensuring to cover the entire leg
  • Finish by brushing the back of the leg from knee along hamstrings to just under the buttock.
  • Repeat for right leg.

Step 3 – Buttock and abdominal

  • Start on left side. In one motion starting at top of buttock near your hip, brush down the buttock to the gluteal fold (where buttock joins the leg). Repeat several times.
  • Then from the base of buttock sweep upward over the buttock and back around to the outside of the hip. Repeat several times.
  • Lower abdominal:  Starting on left side, hold the brush at navel and brush downward toward the lymph nodes in the groin area
  • Brush from navel outward to hip joint and side of the torso.
  • Repeat on right side
  • Upper abdominal:  Starting on left side, hold the brush at navel and brush stroke upward and outward from mid to upper torso.  Stay under the breast line ending in the armpit.
  • Repeat on right side.
  • Complete the abdominal area with a concentric circular brush stroke.  Start at navel and move in small circular clockwise strokes, not leaving the skin, gradually spiral until reaching the outer abdomen.
  • Then work in anti-clockwise brush strokes from large to small until spiraling back to the navel.
  • Once reaching the lower back, start your brush stroke from the spine and sweep brush stroke up and out to the side of the torso, all the way up to the shoulder blades and finishing from spine to over the shoulder.
  • Repeat on right side.

Step 4 – Back

  • Start on left side. Once reaching the lower back, start your brush stroke from the top of the buttock at the lower spine and sweep up and out to the side of the torso.
  • Continue with long handled brush finishing from centre spine to over the left shoulder.
  • Repeat on right side.

Step 5 – Hand and Arm

  • Start on left palm brushing between fingertips. Brush from finger tip to base of the palm covering whole hand.
  • Turn hand over, and brush back of the hand between fingers.
  • With one sweeping motion brush from top of the wrist and continue up the arm to the shoulder, working from inner to mid and to outer arm.
  • Finish brush strokes over the armpit, with light strokes in a small circular, clockwise direction.
  • Repeat on the right side.

Step 6 – Face, decolletage and neck

  • For face, decolletage and neck ensure you are using the correct face brush as this skin is much more sensitive
  • Start brushing the left side of the decolletage from top of breast line to collar bone ensuring to cover the whole area.
  • Repeat on the right side.
  • Brush the left side of the neck starting at the collar bone, up to the ear, along the jaw bone and down the neck to the collar bone.
  • Finish by brushing along the jaw bone from left to right ear
  • Repeat on the right side.
  • To brush the face, start at the chin and using a “U” brush stroke stroke up towards the cheek and then back down ending at the jaw line.
  • Brush up the bridge of the nose starting at the tip of the nose.
  • Brush on the left side of the nostril, brush up and around the left eyebrow and back down to the left temple
  • Finish off using “U” shaped strokes on the cheek from the lip to the ear.
  • Repeat on the right side.

Step 7 – Hair and scalp

  • Start by flipping hair over the scalp so it hangs in front of your face.
  • Brush from base of the scalp along the left side to the left temple
  • Next brush from the base of the scalp to the top of the scalp
  • Brush the right side from base of the scalp to right temple
  • Stand up straight so hair hangs down your back as usual
  • Brush from the left temple to the base of the scalp
  • Next brush from centre of hair line to base of scalp.
  • Then brush from right temple to base of scalp
  • Finish by lightly taping the scalp with the timber bristles for a gentle massage. A rubber backed brush will soften the tapping.

Step 8 – Brush Care

Finally after any brushing routine it is important to spritz the brush with a teat tree solution which will naturally sanitise the brush from any bacteria, skin cells or anything else which may have accumulated on the brush. Don’t leave your brush hanging in the shower, or anywhere it can gather moisture or not dry properly. If the brush cant dry properly, mould may grow which may be harmful to you and permanently damaging the brush.

So, that’s it!  Dry Body Brushing is super easy, feels amazing and is great for your skin.

Happy Brushing!

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