By: Nuala Woulfe

Our skin is the body’s largest organ; it absorbs anything you put on it and also plays a critical role in eliminating toxins.

It is estimated that the skin eliminates over a pound of waste every day!

Many people spend extra time exfoliating their face to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores; however, this should also be done for the rest of the body, as well. This can easily be done by dry brushing just a few minutes each day.

Dry brushing has many health benefits, from improving your immune system to reducing cellulite.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing involves using a brush to lightly brush your skin without any water. When you do dry brushing, you don’t want your skin or brush to be wet.

Dry brushing is very easy to do and only takes a few minutes!

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry brushing provides numerous health benefits. Many say that after spending a few minutes dry brushing, they feel rejuvenated and energized.  It is a very soothing way to massage your skin.

  1. Increased Circulation– Dry brushing your skin helps improve circulation throughout your body and blood flow.
  2. Stimulates Your Lymphatic System – The process of dry brushing stimulates your lymphatic system which aids in the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.
  3. Increases Your Immune System– The increase in circulation and elimination of toxins aids in boosting the body’s immune system.
  4. Eliminates Toxins-Dry brushing aids in detoxifying the body as circulation is increased and the lymphatic system is stimulated.
  5. Removes Dead Skin & Improves Skin Appearance– It helps remove dead skin cells clogging pores and allows your skin to breathe and toxins to be expired.
  6. Reduces Cellulite– Dry brushing helps increase stimulation and circulation of your skin which helps minimize the appearance of cellulite.
  7. Prevents Spider Veins and Varicose Veins– Dry brushing areas, such as your legs, helps increase circulation and blood flow, from moving the brush in a direction towards the heart.

Additional Benefits

In addition to the benefits of dry brushing listed above, I have noticed several other benefits from doing it myself, including:

  • Improved Sleep– some people find that they sleep better if they dry body brush before bed. Personally I prefer to do it in the morning before my shower. You could do it morning and night.
  • Decreased Cortical– Dry brushing is very soothing and relaxing. The relaxing nature of dry brushing and the increase in circulation has helped me decrease my levels of stress.
  • Improved Acne– Some find that it improves acne, this may be due to the increased circulation and the body’s ability to better eliminate toxins.

How to Do it:

  1. Make sure your skin is dry and you don’t have any products or lotions on.
  2. Take your dry brush and start gently brushing your skin making long sweeping motions starting at your feet, brushing in the direction towards your heart. Some people prefer to do circular motions.
  3. Start brushing from your feet, making your way up both legs. Continue to move up your body, gently brushing from your stomach in the direction of your heart.
  4. Next, work from your arms to your chest, do one arm at a time. Also work from your lower back upwards. Circular movements are good on joints.

You should dry brush your entire body.

Dry brushing, by starting at your feet and making your way up the body, allows the lymph in your body to drain near your collar bone.

Dry Brushing Tips:

-Do the dry brushing gently, especially your first time to avoid irritation or redness.

-Only use gentle pressure, your skin should not be red or irritated afterwards. When your skin gets used to dry brushing, you can add a little more pressure.

-ALWAYS brush in the direction towards your heart, this promotes blood circulation.

What Kind of Brush Should You Use?

Make sure to use a brush that is specifically designed for dry brushing or body brushing. Select a brush that has natural bristles, not synthetic bristles. Synthetic bristles can be too harsh on skin. Some brushes have a long handle others have shorter handles, either works well, it just depends on your preference.

How Often Should You Dry Brush?

Dry brushing should be done daily, preferably two times per day, but even just once will be very beneficial.

Many say to do dry brushing before you get in the shower and/or before you go to bed.  It is best to do it before your shower, this way your skin is dry and it’s before you apply any products or lotions to your skin.

How Long Should it Take?

Dry brushing should only take a few minutes. It is easy to add to your morning or night time routine because it only takes a very short time.

If you have any sensitive areas, bruises, rashes, wounds, cuts, or infections, avoid dry brushing near these areas.


Nuala Woulfe is one of the most respected and sought after beauty professionals in the country.

With over 21 years’ experience she continues to personally train her team of highly skilled expert therapists in both Nuala Woulfe Beauty Salon and Nuala Woulfe Serenity Day Spa.

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