The Lowdown on Dry Brushing

In a previous blog, we talked about the importance of exfoliation the week before you get waxed. Exfoliation makes waxing easier and last longer, but it is also beneficial for your health in general. There are several different methods of exfoliation from which you can choose, but one method that has been around for centuries and is seeing a new surge in popularity is dry brushing. You don’t have to hop in the shower to exfoliate; in fact, dry brushing is both an effective method for exfoliating and has other added health benefits.

Lymphatic system stimulation

dreamstime_xxl_19916545The lymphatic system of your body eliminates cellular waste from your body through a process called lymphatic drainage. When the lymphatic system doesn’t work properly, waste builds up and causes inflammation your body and can make you ill. Dry brushing can help stimulate the lymphatic system, so you can release more toxins and be healthier.

Increased circulation

Dry brushing your skin also increases circulation in your skin, which is important for your overall health. Increasing circulation encourages new cell growth, giving you smoother, more youthful-looking skin. Not only that, it allows your skin to better fight off infection and bacteria.

Reduced cellulite

Believe it or not, there is something to be done about the soft, lumpy fat deposits below your skin known as cellulite. The theory is that dry brushing helps break up these deposits and distributes them more evenly under your skin, though some believe that this may be a temporary effect. Regardless, a noticeable difference has been documented, so if you are concerned about your cellulite, a dry brush may be the solution.


The invigorating properties of dry brushing is well-documented. Dry brush users so often report that they feel more energized after their exfoliation that it is commonly recommended that you don’t dry brush before bed! A great way to start the day is to dry brush before your morning shower.

Improved digestion

Yes, dry brushing may help you on a deeper level than your skin as well. Because it stimulates the removal of toxins, dry brushing when you’re bloated may help your body to release the water it is retaining, easing any digestive discomfort.

How to dry brush

Now that you know the many ways dry brushing can benefit you, you want to ensure that you have the proper technique down.

  • You want to be sure not to brush too hard. Your skin should be slightly pink, but not red, and you shouldn’t feel pain.
  • Start with your feet. Brush the bottoms, then begin using long, gentle strokes up your legs, going over each section about ten times.
  • For maximum lymphatic benefits, be sure to brush your heart and chest area.
  • Repeat the same process on your arms, starting with the palms of your hands and brushing up your arms.
  • Repeat on your abdomen and back.
  • After you are finished dry brushing, jump in the shower. Your pores will be open, causing them to absorb more of any bath products you use.
  • After you shower, apply a moisturizer.

When you dry brush regularly, you set yourself up for waxing success because you won’t have dead skin cells interfering with the hair removal process. Whatever waxing services you need, Brazils Waxing Center can provide!