Everything You Need to Know About Dry Brushing.

Dry Brushing Tutorial - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

This post is from the archives (nearly four years ago!) but remains a favorite. As I think about inexpensive things that we can do to pamper ourselves at home while we wait out this quarantine, dry brushing tops the list!!! Once you buy the brush, if you take care of it you will have it forever, and it’s something good you can do for yourself… every day, if you’d like!

So here we go. What is dry brushing, and why is it so good for you?

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the act of exfoliating your skin (while it’s dry) prior to showering using a brush, jute brush, or even a nylon wash cloth (love these IN the shower, too!). I have tried all three and personally prefer using a brush (I use this exact one). It’s a little bit softer than the other options, and fits easily into my hand. Dry brushing boosts circulation + lymphatic flow and has been said to help minimize the appearance of cellulite + aid in skin’s natural detoxification process.

Why is Dry Brushing So Good For You?

A daily dry brush is particularly great for you if you spend a lot of time not moving as much as you would like to (i.e. commuting on the train, sitting at your desk all day, laying on your couch LOL, and so on and so forth). The skin is the body’s largest organ… and it’s primary source of elimination, so taking this extra step can really make a difference: dry brushing will help renew the outer skin layer and promote blood flow to skins’ deeper layer which results in detoxification, smoother skin, and a nice healthy glow.

The best time to dry brush is when the skin is very dry, before a shower or bath. While you obviously can’t take a bath every single day (well, TBH I have been, every night of quarantine!), it’s really beneficial to do it before a bath as a good long bath will further encourage the detoxification process.

The pros recommend spending a solid five minutes brushing. This seemed like SO long at first and has taken me some time to get used to (especially when it came to setting aside five extra minutes before my shower). I don’t always make it a full five minutes but it is a good goal to work toward.

Dry Brushing Tutorial

How to dry brush:

  1. Set a timer for five minutes
  2. Begin with your feet, and work in a circular, upward brushing motion.
  3. Next, move to your calves and thighs.
  4. Spend more time on the backs of your upper thighs and buttocks (applying a bit more pressure to these areas, especially if they are cellulite-prone).
  5. Next, move on to the lower back, abdomen, chest, and upper chest.
  6. Finish with your arms… starting from the hands and moving to your shoulders.

Always work in an upward motion and spend at least thirty seconds on each body part.

You can do it every day. I’ll be honest – I don’t always remember, and sometimes I’m in a hurry… but I typically dry brush 3-4 days a week. When I do it, my skin just feels so good. I like to think that it helps minimize the appearance of cellulite (which is why I’m wayyy more diligent about doing it in the summer) but I will say that it has definitely led to smoother skin (especially on the backs of my arms + legs), and a more even skin tone.

Dry Brushing Tutorial - Grace Atwood, The Stripe
jute dry brush

Dry Brushing Tutorial - Grace Atwood, The Stripe

Oh! And this probably goes without saying/is obvious, but wash your brush at least once a week with soap and water. You’re sloughing off quite a bit of skin… it can get pretty gross otherwise. 😉

Also! If you love dry brushing, another great DIY technique to master is facial gua sha. It’s amazing.

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  1. Thuy:

    lmao I am not imagining a dry brush with a bunch of accumulated dead skin cells on it haha. Great post. Definitely informative and well-written.


    6.23.16 Reply
  2. carrie:

    Oh great tips! I need to be better about this.


    7.10.16 Reply
  3. Jeanne luddeni:

    I’m going to try that morning I’ll use a wash cloth as I don’t have the brush yet great idea as I work odd hours and it will do me good thank you
    I get great ideas from your article every day

    12.9.17 Reply
    • grace at the stripe:

      Thanks Jeanne!

      12.10.17 Reply
  4. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog:

    I’ve wanted to try dry brushing for a long time but never got the reasoning behind it! Thanks for the explainer! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    4.8.20 Reply
    • grace at the stripe:

      You should try it!!!!

      4.8.20 Reply
  5. Jana:

    I started dry brushing in January and I’m so glad I did.
    I sometimes still forget to do it before a bath or shower, but I get at least once a week right now. Trying to up that!

    4.8.20 Reply
    • grace at the stripe:

      I feel the same way! I actually put a post it up in my bathroom saying don’t forget to dry brush!

      4.8.20 Reply
      • Jana:

        Oh! Good idea!! I should try that!

        4.8.20 Reply
  6. Holly C:

    I love dry brushing! I especially make sure I’m doing this during the summer months as I tend to sweat more, so it’s important to keep my body exfoliated. It’s also a great way to “wake yourself up” in the morning before a shower!

    4.8.20 Reply
    • grace at the stripe:

      It’s the best!!! Really makes such a difference in a few minutes.

      4.8.20 Reply
  7. Chelsea Schmitt:

    I was gifted one of these a couple months ago and haven’t touched it… thanks for this! 🙂

    4.8.20 Reply
    • grace at the stripe:

      Oh good!!!! Let me know how it goes!

      4.8.20 Reply
      • Chelsea Schmitt:

        Okay…. I’m hooked. 🙂 It came with a grapefruit and neroli repair body oil that smells soooooo good. What a relaxing and soothing ritual to add into my routine! Thanks for the nudge!

        4.13.20 Reply
        • grace at the stripe:

          AH that’s fantastic! Thank you for the update!!! xx

          4.13.20 Reply