The Lowdown On Dry Body Brushing And How To Do It

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The idea of dry body brushing first grabbed our attention over 10 years ago, when Miranda Kerr first declared her love for it. To this day, she still mentions it in almost every interview and is devoted to the technique daily. It’s quite the smooth skin endorsement.

Elle Macpherson and Gwyneth Paltrow are also big fans. “I do it every night before I get in the bath,” Gwyneth told Redbook.

And while you wouldn’t think the term ‘dry’ would equate to smooth skin, that’s dry body brushing’s exact goal. Keen to try it? Here’s what you need to know…

What is dry body brushing?

Dry body brushing involves using a wooden-handled and natural bristle brush to buff the surface of the skin. Unlike when you may use a regular body scrub or exfoliator, the skin should be completely dry and product-free (hence the name).

What are the benefits?

The difference between dry body brushing and exfoliating is that it does more than just remove dead skin. Dry body brushing has many benefits including:

  • Helping to increase circulation to the skin, which in turn helps to break down unwanted toxins that cause cellulite.
  • Rejuvenating the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings.
  • Improving muscle tone by helping to evenly distribute fat deposits.
  • Leaving skin smoother and brighter by shedding dead skin cells.
  • Strengthening the immune system by improving blood circulation.

How do I do it?

  1. Start with completely dry skin.
  2. Using gentle circular upward motions, begin brushing from the soles of the feet up towards the heart.
  3. As your limbs get longer (and you have more surface area to work with), turn your circular motions into longer, sweeping strokes, remaining in an upward direction to encourage lymphatic fluid towards the heart.
  4. The only area you shouldn’t use upwards motions is the back. Instead, use downward motions from the neck down to the lower back.
  5. Be cautious of sensitive or softer areas of the skin and never brush over any skin injuries such as sunburn, sores or cuts.
  6. Once finished, you can apply a body moisturiser or oil to nourish the skin.

Top tip: Most people like to fit dry body brushing in either before or after a shower. We recommend before so that you can wash off any dead skin cells and impurities. If you opt for this, save your body moisturiser until after your shower.

Try: Manicare Dry Body Brush ($15.49 at Chemist Warehouse) and Bodecare Detox Dry Body Brush ($41.95 at

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  1. I have one of these dry body brushes, got it in the Natural Beauty month trial box and it’s definitely an interesting feeling. My one main problem is getting into a routine of using it and remembering to use it before my shower.

  2. I’ve been meaning to start doing this for so long! I’ve got a dry body brush – I’ve got to DO IT!

    I wish we could still save articles to our Favourites list. That’s interesting about brushing your back in downward strokes – I’ll have to remember that.

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