Dry Brushing – What Is It And What Does It Do For Your Skin?

Dry skin brushing has been around for centuries, used as an ancient practice to effectively eliminate toxins. In the study of holistic health, dry brushing is taught as a means of boosting blood circulation and stimulating lymphatic drainage. But, what exactly does it do for your skin?

The Herb Market Botanicals’ Dry Skin Brush is a revitalizing skin aid, and we’re excited to tell you why.

First, let’s start with the technique. It’s important to use gentle, upward strokes, starting with the lower limbs or feet, working your way up, and always brush in the direction towards the heart. For effectiveness, the bristles should be medium to firm and plant-derived. There are synthetic bristle brushes on the market, but these can actually cause irritation, and should be avoided.

When it comes to skincare, we all want to improve radiance, and one of the best ways to achieve this is with exfoliation. Dry brushing is a great way to remove dead skin cells and old debris, and acts as a way of cleansing pores, while exfoliating skin. Over time, dead skin cells and external impurities start to form a barrier, restricting the full absorption of nutrients and is the main cause for dull-looking skin. By exfoliating the top layer, nutrients can be better absorbed, allowing for more effectiveness. It’s understandable that skin needs to breathe in order to properly regenerate and rejuvenate. Dry brushing can improve overall skin texture and tone; essential for maintaining supple and radiant skin.

One of the key factors to healthy skin is good circulation. Unlike the cardiovascular system that has a heart to pump, the lymphatic system relies mainly on muscle motion. Often times, lymph can become stagnant with accumulating waste material, which is why regular dry brushing is an effective way to enhance lymphatic flow and accelerate the elimination of accumulated toxins. By increasing blood flow throughout the body, you can achieve a natural glow, that radiates from the inside out.


You may be wondering; ‘why on dry skin?’ The friction created by the bristles on dry skin is greatly increased and more effective, than when skin is wet.

* It’s important to brush with care and not use too much pressure, as skin can become easily irritated.

* For beginners, brush a few times per week and gradually increase to daily brushing.

* After dry brushing, always shower off the dead skin particles and apply a healthy, high-quality product to absorb into your freshly exfoliated skin.

Did you know:

  • Dry brushing can help alleviate the harmless skin condition called keratosis pilaris, known as ‘chicken skin’
  • Regular use can reduce the look of cellulite, as the bristles work to disperse fat deposits, resulting in smoother, clearer skin
  • Our skin is the biggest eliminative organ and plays a very important role in eliminating toxins and waste debris

The act of dry brushing encourages you to take a moment to pause and take that extra step in your routine to care for yourself a little deeper. It’s no wonder dry brushing has been around for centuries. An effective way to exfoliate, boost circulation, cleanse pores, and stimulate the lymphatic system for your best skin yet.