Dry Brushing Skin: Should You Give it a Try?

Elizabeth Marglin

by | Updated: July 2nd, 2018 | Read time: 2 minutes

Dry skin brushing is one of those things that sounds somewhat torturous, but actually feels good when you get used to it. The technique has been around for centuries and was utilized by Scandinavians and Russians as a step in the cleansing process when taking a sauna. The premise: Skin is your biggest organ of elimination. Dry brushing serves as a relatively easy way to keep pathways clear and ultimately to rid your body of toxins. Not only does it slough away dead skin, it’s an effective strategy for boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage.

Dry Brushing Skin: A Beginner's Guide

Dry brushing is a simple everyday detox you can do on yourself. It amplifies the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, making the liver’s job easier. Here’s the skinny on getting started.


Since dry brushing opens up the pores of your skin, it makes sense to do it before you bathe. Your skin should be dry—as should your brush.  People with eczema or dry skin should avoid dry brushing altogether, but if your skin is fairly robust some experts recommend daily brushing. Beware of becoming too zealous or vigorous about brushing however, as the rough bristles can cause micro cuts that could lead to infection. Skin should be invigorated—not irritated.


Always brush from the furthest part of the extremities toward the heart, which helps move the lymph fluid in the appropriate direction and supports vascular valve function. Remember to Use long sweeping motions as opposed to choppy or circular strokes. Brush several times in each area, and go lighter on sensitive areas like breasts.

What kind of brush

A skin brush with natural coarse bristles (avoid synthetic bristles). A long handle makes it easier to reach all the nooks and crannies.

Brushing helps remove toxins from the surface of the skin as well as improves blood and lymph circulation. As an added bonus, you’ll soon notice a glowy, smooth complexion too.  Basically, it’s one of the cheapest and most effective things you can do to support healthy skin.