Beauty, Health

Why I Love Dry Brushing

February 11, 2015

I’ve been a fan of dry brushing for a long time, but I really got into it when I was pregnant with Oliver. I think dry brushing and exfoliating my entire body really helped my skin during and after pregnancy. I’m a huge believer in dry brushing. It’s a great at-home spa treatment and really has so many benefits to the body.

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Why Do I Dry Brush?


Dry brushing can help remove dead skin cells, revealing smoother more vibrant looking skin. We often exfoliate our faces, but we shouldn’t neglect exfoliating our bodies too. You can choose to exfoliate your body dry or wet. It really comes down to preference, and I will talk about that more in a bit.


Dry brushing gives a surge of blood flow which brings fresh nutrients and oxygen to the skins surface. This brings an overall health and youthful appearance back to the skin.


Dry brushing can help the flow of lymph fluid throughout your body. This can aid in removing toxins and boosting the immune system.

How To Use A Dry Brush

You can brush your entire body starting at the soles of your feet. Dry brushing can feel a little rough at first, but it’s totally worth it. Work your way up towards your thighs. Brush in large oval motions moving the brush in upwards strokes towards the heart. Be sure to focus on your thighs and bottom where cellulite and stretch marks are most common. For the tummy area, use clockwise sweeps following the digestive system.

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You will definitely see rosy skin afterwards, and might even feel a little tingly. That’s completely normal, and actually a good sign.

Most therapists recommend dry brushing before a shower. I like to do wet and dry brushing, but I find dry to be the most effective, and I can really feel the blood flow. It’s extremely invigorating, so it’s GREAT for the beginning of the day, although dry brushing can be performed at any time in the day.

Hope You Enjoyed This Post

xo, Rachel

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  • Clementine Buttercup February 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I’ve tried dry body brushing many times but always stop after a while because I find it really uncomfortable. Any tips?

    • February 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

      I think the key is to adjust the pressure so that it’s as comfortable for you as possible. Even if you do very light strokes with better than nothing. =)

  • Nicole February 12, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I have always wanted to try dry brushing, so I think it is time to buy one and start! xx

  • Colleen @ Keep it Real Clean February 12, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I love this easy tutorial and the benefits look amazing. How much time does the total body process take?

  • clau February 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Love this post!
    Going to try it!
    Thanks as alwasy Rachel!

  • Maja February 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Love your blog and advices 🙂 and btw I love your home decor! It’s just beautiful! And you husband’ s videos are aswome!
    Anyways, I am from Serbia (Europe) and I was wondering, how often per week would you recommend dry brushing?

  • Carla February 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Even though you were very thorough with this post, Rachel, about Dry Brushing, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch a video of your technique! I love the feeling of dry brushing but the technique I have is nothing formal at all — just wherever, whenever, however….. so please consider doing a video for us! btw: I happened upon an old video of you singing with your father and OMGoodness, how absolutely beautiful!!

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    Great post! The coupon code isn’t working though

  • zunaira sulman February 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Hey this post was really informative, I do have a brush of this kind. I got it in the body shop gift set, for at home spa treatment, but I never gotten around using it, because to be honest I didn’t know the right way to do it. And when you don’t know exactly what to do, I believe you cause more harm than help, so this post was really informative. Thanks Rachel 🙂 I love you family. You are an inspiration to many young momies, I am a mom myself and I really enjoy your posts, and your lifestyle. I love how you post about wide variety of interests, today when you posted a pic of your new mint plants I was thinking to myself, this girl is Perfection. From home decor, to beauty, fashion, mommyhood, cooking, you share it all. I am very proud of you, the work you do and the effort you put in it, to the perfection 🙂
    Zunaira Sulman.
    I’m a litttttlllle tiny blogger, so I see how much effort you put, much appreciated and respected 🙂

  • Aurora February 16, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Never use dry brushes but with all the benefits you listed, I should give it a try!
    Thanks for the tip!

    x Aurora