Dry Brushing for Skin, Circulatory, and Lymphatic Health

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Dry brushing is my favorite simple healthy lifestyle practice to recommend. It doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money, adjust your eating habits, or hit the gym, but it provides numerous benefits including: increased circulation, better lymphatic function, improved skin condition, and greater mental alertness. There’s no excuse why you can’t add dry brushing to your daily routine with such huge benefits for such little effort.

Benefits of Dry Brushing


Dry brushing stimulates the circulatory system and gets your blood flowing. Brushing from your extremities towards your heart protects your veins from damage and helps refresh your body by encouraging a fresh blood supply. Especially when you first wake up and have laid still for several hours, getting your blood flowing to your extremities will help you feel more awake and will help your body get moving faster.

Lymphatic Function

Our lymphatic system is great at dealing with pathogens and keeping us healthy, but it doesn’t have a pump to circulate like our circulatory system. Natural ways lymph gets circulated through our bodies is through activity like running or bouncing on a trampoline. Dry brushing helps manually circulate the lymph and can help break up sore lymph nodes where our bodies are fighting infection by introducing fresh lymphatic fluid to the node.

Skin Condition

Dry brushing can help improve skin condition in several ways. It gently exfoliates, unclogging pores and allowing your skin to breathe. It increases circulation at the surface of the skin which speeds up healing and regeneration of new skin. And it also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite by stimulating the skin to release toxins and gently breaking up pockets up collagen encouraging stronger cell structures.

Mental Alertness

All of the benefits listed above culminate in improved mental alertness as the body has increased circulatory and lymphatic flow and the skin feels woken up with the increased blood flow. Dry brushing first thing in the morning has helped me feel so awake that I’ve even been able to skip a cup of coffee or tea on mornings I was sure I would need a caffeine boost.

How to Dry Brush

Note: Check with your doctor if you have diabetes or circulatory issues before dry brushing

A natural bristle brush with a long handle for reaching your back is perfect. Some have detachable heads with a smaller handle that can be nice for more control around your feet and arms. Keep the brush dry but it is ok to clean it with some soap and water once every few weeks or so.

  1. Dry brush every day before you shower, while the water is heating up.
  2. Starting at the soles of your feet brush your skin towards your heart paying special attention to joints where lymphatic fluid can collect.
  3. Brush up your legs giving special attention to your inner thighs. Be careful not to brush too aggressively. You don’t need to brush so hard that you damage the skin.
  4. On your stomach brush in a clockwise motion.
  5. Brush from your hands towards your heart, give a few extra brush strokes to your armpits where there are a lot of lymph nodes.
  6. Along your chest and back continue to brush towards you heart.
  7. You should now feel more awake and alert and feel the blood pumping through every part of your body. Hop in that shower and enjoy your day!
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24 Responses to “Dry Brushing for Skin, Circulatory, and Lymphatic Health

  • denise sultenfuss
    4 months ago

    This is fascinating information. I am going to try this with my daughter who has adrenal fatigue.

    • Love dry brushing for adrenal fatigue! Isn’t a cure-all but definitely helps get the body functioning in the right direction.

  • karentfriday
    4 months ago

    Never heard of dry brushing. Makes you wonder why these things never show up much in medical periodicals and articles.

    • There’s plenty of research and medical articles out there about it. Typically more in the holistic health field though as pharmaceutical companies don’t make any money off you dry brushing.

  • Timberley
    4 months ago

    I love dry brushing…I started doing this 6 months ago and have noticed a difference in the way my skin feels, and recovers after I fascia blast my body. Makes me want to go dry brush right now..LOL

  • Jordan Hebl
    4 months ago

    I love this post! I recently heard about dry brushing for the first time and I was curious about the benefits. You answered all of my questions!

  • Megan Elliott
    4 months ago

    I’ve never tried dry brushing but I’ve heard it’s so good for you! This was really informative, I’ll definitely have to try it.

  • Laurie Louis
    4 months ago

    I have heard of dry brushing but never really understood it. I love this post and it’s definitely something I need to save. I think I need to try this out.

  • Emily Moore
    4 months ago

    I’ve heard of dry brushing before, but I didn’t realize that it had so many health benefits!! Definitely going to look more into this and give it a try. Thank you for sharing!

  • Dry brushing is totally new to me but sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rox Snedeker
    4 months ago

    Very interesting!!! I did not know you could do this at all, sounds like I will be giving dry brushing some real time here soon, I am definitely going to be giving this a try!

  • I’ve always been a bit nervous about dry brushing since my skin is so sensitive. But your directions make it sound easy and so worth the extra time before showering!

  • Krysta Reed
    4 months ago

    I just pinned this article on Pinterest! I love dry brushing, game changer!

  • I love dry brushing! It invigorates and gets all your senses firing, plus it just feels good 🙂

  • Gina Purcell
    4 months ago

    Loved this article! I’ve been wanting to try dry brushing, I even asked for a dry brush for Christmas but I didn’t know how to do it properly. This is so informative!

  • I’m going to start drying brushing! What a great post. I had no idea!!

  • Great tips how to dry brush! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Arnnette A.
    4 months ago

    It mentions to check with your physician if you have diabetes or circulatory issues; what happens if you dry brush and you do have issues? Is it not recommended?

    • Mostly just a disclaimer since I am not a medical professional. But diabetics often have circulation issues especially in their extremities. Dry brushing can actually help that, but you do have to be careful you aren’t brushing the wrong direction and causing harm to your blood vessels.

  • Taylor Fisher
    4 months ago

    I’ve never heard of dry brushing! This is so interesting, I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing all your tips!

  • So I had no idea how to properly dry brush for the best results. Thank you for sharing this, I am totally giving this all a try!

  • I have heard about dry brushing, but I didn’t know if was something I could do at home. Thank you for sharing I am gong to start doing this and can’t wait to see how it makes me feel. Thank you for sharing!

  • Alyssa Bouma
    4 months ago

    I don’t know why i’ve never heard of dry brushing but it sounds amazing! thanks for teach us all how to dry brush!

  • I didn’t know about dry brushing before I read this article. I am going to have to get a dry brush now!

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