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Dry skin brushing and the health benefits.

While dry skin brushing is a new trend today, it actually has its roots in ancient times. It's very common in the Ayurvedic medicine & many cultures, including the ancient Greeks and Japanese, have used skin brushing to cleanse and beautify the skin for years. Here is a list of the many benefits of dry skin brushing.

It's Exfoliating

Dry brushing exfoliates the skin much like the more commonly used body scrubs do, via physical exfoliation. The bristles of the brush manually sweep away dull, rough, flaky skin cells. After a dry brushing session, your skin will feel softer and smoother.

Stimulate the Lymphatic System & the removal of toxins

The lymphatic system is part of your immune system. Its job is to drain fluid and carry a clear fluid called lymph throughout your body. The lymphatic system helps your body fight off infections. Fluids flow through the system and are filtered through the lymph nodes. If you’re sick or exposed to a lot of toxins, the system may become backed up and clogged. That is why your lymph nodes often become swollen when you have a cold.

Dry brushing is thought to help the body release toxins through sweat. The course bristles on the brush stimulate the pores and open them up. This makes it easier for the body to sweat, which in turns reduces the amount of toxins flowing through the lymphatic system.

When should I dry brush?

The best time to dry brush is just before a shower. Then you can wash off any dead skin cells and flaky skin. Be sure to apply lotion or a body oil afterward to put moisture back into your skin.

How to practice dry brushing

To dry brush, use a natural fiber brush with a long handle. The long handle will help you reach all areas of your body. Follow these steps:

  1. Start at your feet and move up your body.

  2. Brush your skin using wide, circular, clockwise motions.

  3. Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thin and harder pressure on thicker skin, like the soles of your feet.

  4. Brush your arms after you have brushed your feet, legs, and mid-section. You should brush upward towards your armpits.

  5. After dry brushing, take a cool shower to help remove the dry skin.

  6. After your shower, dry off and then consider adding natural plant oil, such as olive or coconut oil, to moisturize your skin.

When you first start dry brushing, it’s best to begin with light brushing. As you get used to it, you can increase the pressure.

If you would like to make a sugaring appointment, or book a complimentary 20-minute skin consultation at Bare Maui Esthetics (located inside the Beehive Lash and Brow Bar) in Lahaina Maui, HI or sign up for a virtual consultation, you can book online at or call or text 818-515-0478. I look forward to meeting you soon. 

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