The Rich Life On a Budget

Dry Brushing

Several weeks ago, I invested $15 in a long handled dry brush I found at Whole Foods.

Made by Bass

Years ago I used to dry brush my body. Back then it was for vain reasons. I was trying to get rid of cellulite. And no, I didn’t see any changes.

I decided to start dry brushing again. But this time my motivations are different:

- To stimulate the blood flow of my skin.
- Exfoliate dead and dry skin cells.
- To feel rejuvenated!

This detailed article discusses many other benefits some believe can be achieved through dry brushing, including anti-aging and lymphatic stimulation.

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How do you use a dry brush? I’m glad you asked. Let me tell you what I do with mine:

Before I get into the shower or bath, I undress and starting at the top of my foot, I brush upward to my knee in long strokes, making sure to go all the way around my calf. Then, I do the same thing on my other leg. I like to count 12 strokes before moving on to the next section.

After I finish my calf area, I brush upward from my knee to the top of my leg, making sure to brush the backs of my thighs.

Next, working from the top of my hand, I brush upward to my elbow, switch arms, then from my elbow to my shoulder. Always 12 counts, but that is just my thing. I like to keep it all even.

Finally, I brush my torso from my hip to my chest ( I am more gentle in this area). And I brush my back, above my rear upward, and from my shoulders downward. The idea is to always brush toward my heart.

I prefer to brush in strokes, but several websites recommend small circular motions, which I will have to try.

Once I am finished, I hop in the shower feeling exhilarated and exfoliated. Once out of the shower, I apply organic almond oil to my skin and I’m ready to start my day.

This is how I use my dry brush. If I want to do a proper 15 minute body brushing (which I have never done, mine takes about 3 minutes at the most), I will follow the advice in this article from Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.

Does dry brushing your skin do all the wonderfully healthy things that some purport it does? Probably not. But it feels good, it’s stimulating to my skin and it’s a daily exfoliation my skin needs.

Have you ever tried dry brushing?
If so, what benefits, if any, did you notice?

23 thoughts on “Dry Brushing

  1. Valerie

    I actually have been doing dry brushing for a few years now, although sometimes not regularly (when traveling). I believe it has exfoliating and circulatory benefits, absolutely! I usually brush neck toward the feet at night, for calming; then in the morning, upward from the feet – the same way I wash or apply apricot kernel oil – for energizing effects. If you believe in it and it feels great – there’s no harm in it. Plus, my skin does feel amazing (according to my friends, that is – not that I sit around and caress my skin thinking how amazing it feels – a lot.) Cheers, Adrienne!

  2. Marie a la Mode

    I am dry brushing right now, to get ready for summer. My reason is to try and get rid of some cellulite. I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work for you in that area, maybe it won’t work for me either? I hope it does!

  3. Cathi

    Well I have never done this but you have convinced me to give it a try, thanks for sharing – it sounds like a fabulous idea. Did you get your almond oil at Whole Foods too? Have a fabulous day!! xxoo :)

  4. steppingmywaytobliss

    I have had the habit of dry brushing too–of course wanting to see cellulite disappear (it hasn’t) but more for the benefits health…especially related to the lymph system moving. I have fallen out of the habit as of late so thank you for the reminder (I tend to remember doing it AFTER I get in the shower). I also love using Almond Oil apres shower. xxBliss

  5. fojoy

    Dry brushing is fantastic for exfoliation and blood flow!
    I prefer the circular motion, myself – but I don’t do it near as often as I should…

  6. Paula

    My dry brush is one of the few items in the bathroom that I did not toss, even though I hardly ever use it. I like to soak-brush: in the bathtub, after having soaked for half an hour and I use the dry brush. I can tell you you feel rejuvenated after this treatment!

  7. Adrienne

    Valerie,

    That is a good idea to do before bed time to relax yourself. I could always use a bit of that before turning in.
    I will have to give apricot kernel oil a try when I run out of almond oil. They are probably quite similar, yes?

    Marie,

    I may have reduced my cellulite a bit back then. It’s hard to tell unless you take before and after photos. Plus, everyone is different. I wish you luck in cellulite reduction! I hope you notice a difference.

  8. Adrienne

    Cathi,

    I think I already had some almond oil at home. There are so many oils out there to try – argan, jojoba, apricot kernel just to name a few.

    I like the cost and the feel of almond oil. And there is no scent. Argan oil smells a little nutty.

    You should have no problem finding a dry brush – Whole Foods or any health store will carry them.

    Bliss,

    I had to make using my brush a habit. I wanted to hang it on the hook on the back of the bathroom door, but it banged around too much. So I keep it in a drawer. Although I sometimes still forget to brush before getting into the shower, I’m pretty good about doing it daily.

  9. Adrienne

    fojoy,

    I tried the circular motion today and I like it better too. I think I get more out of it and I spend more time when I brush circularly.

    Paula,

    I did not think of brushing after a bath or shower. I will have to give that a go! Thank you for mentioning that.

  10. Adrienne

    Miss T,

    Oh no! It hurts when you dry brush? It’s okay to brush very lightly, then increase pressure when you can. I recall taking it easy when I first started. Please don’t hurt yourself! It’s meant to feel good! :)

  11. Rebekah

    I have a dry brush and remember to do it once a week. I follow the same order you do, though it may not be 12 strokes. I read that you’re supposed to go in circular motions around your abdomen so you don’t upset it.

    I never noticed a difference, except that my skin was tingly in a good way getting into the shower. It’s probably a more worthwhile exfoliator than mixing sugar and oil, and it doesn’t require any shower scrubbing!

  12. Adrienne

    Rebekah,

    I tried the circular today and I think I like it better – except I will have to use straight strokes on my back as I am not that coordinated.

    I felt silly today when I told a girlfriend about the dry brush and she gently reminded me that she is the one who recommended it to me. Oops! She said she likes using it because she doesn’t have to use exfoliating washes and scrubs – saving money, time and mess. Plus, environmentally, it’s better too.

    Suburban Princess,

    I bet it is hard to find the time and privacy with a little one around! Especially if you are performing the 15 minute Osmosis Spa brushing.

  13. Mademoiselle Poirot

    I have one of those – from The Body Shop – and it works really nicely on making my skin softer, though I don’t think it makes much difference to any cellulite… Great blog! Love from London xo

  14. Adrienne

    Sara,

    It is a bit torturous isn’t it? Somedays are better than others. I usually don’t look forward to dry brushing, but do it anyway because I feel great afterwards.

    Paula,

    My brush is for wet or dry use. I want to use mine for dry use only, so I probably won’t take it into the water with me, but I will need to wash it regularly so it won’t stay dry.

    I read that if you wash it and dry it out in the sun – thoroughly – you won’t have to worry about it getting gross.

    Mademoiselle Poirot,

    Welcome! Thank you for stopping by.

    I think if these brushes did anything remarkable for cellulite, every woman would be dry brushing up a storm. But they do wonders for softer skin and are so much less messy than creamy exfoliants.

  15. Catherine R. Staat

    I am so glad you posted about this and love seeing all the comments. I have been dry brushing for some time and LOVE the results! They are pretty much the same as listed above and use the circular motion (counter clockwise on my stomach)and in the direction of my heart. Not sure where I read that now. :)

  16. Fiona

    I’ve resisted dry brushing forever, and for no reason whatsoever. Perhaps now is the time to try it. I use one in the shower all the time with body wash, but it feels quite harsh. Thank you for the info.

    I like to keep things even too. At the moment I have a body lotion with quite a small pump. I always do two pumps on each lower leg and three pumps on each thigh/cheek. I can’t not, it has to be even!

  17. Cranky

    Actually I have noticed improvements from doing dry brushing. First of all, I noticed that the skin on my face looked a lot clearer. Dry brushing aids lymphatic drainage, so all I can think is that improved circulation leads to better skin.

    Secondly, I have in fact noticed an improvement of my cellulite. However,this might be to do with some of the other things I’ve been doing. I’ve been on a health blitz for the last sixth months. I have 1) given up all sugar, refined carbs and processed foods 2) started eating leafy green veg every day, and 3) done 3-4 Bar Method videos a week. I dry brush when I feel like it (it’s kind of boring) but I notice the cellulite looks better when I do it regularly.

    My main purpose has been to improve my health, blood sugar etc (honestly I don’t think vanity is a great motivator for most of us) but I have kept a close eye on my cellulite because I see its presence as an indicator of poor health. Over the last 6 months the transformation of my figure has been astonishing, and my cellulite has improved out of sight, so I can recommend the above regimen to anyone!

    By the way, I read some doctor/dry brushing expert who said you should start at your armpits. This is because a lot of lymph nodes are concentrated there, and his theory is that you should clear those out before moving the lymph from the rest of your body towards them. With your lower body, start with your groin.

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