Dry Brushing 101

In a couple of Facebook groups I’m in the most asked question lately has been “What is dry brushing?”  I thought I’d write a post about it to hopefully answer everyone’s questions.

1.  What it dry brushing?

Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  It’s brushing while you are dry.  Seriously.  It’s that simple.  You take a brush and brush your body.  Not rocket science.  We will explore this more in a bit.

2.  What kind of brush should I use?  Where can I buy one?

According to several articles I’ve read, a brush with natural bristles is best.  Some people like ones with handles (like me) and some like ones that fit in your hand.  They sell them at Target, Wal Mart, on Amazon, at CVS and Walgreens.  They probably have them at the Dollar General or Dollar Tree.  I promise you, a $5 brush is going to work just as well as a $50 one.  You can use a ‘scrubbie’ or ‘puff’ but know that stiffer is better, brush is best!  Mine is the one on the right.  It has little massage nubbies that I’m hoping might smooth out my thighs from a surgery several years ago.  Worth a shot.

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3.  What is dry brushing for?

Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system allowing the release of toxins trapped in your body.  It’s a cheap and easy way to help clean out your system and possibly avoid getting sick.

  • Smoother skin  You’re exfoliating so even after the first time, you’ll notice how much softer your skin will feel.  This is an immediate result for you impatient people like me.
  • Stress relief  Close your eyes.  It’s quiet.  Picture yourself gently brushing your feet, your legs, your stomach, your back, gliding the brush up your arms, down your neck.  Feel the tension release from your body.  There are no kids, no husband, no carpools.  Just you and your brush.  Now, open your eyes.  Feel better?  You’re welcome.  😉
  • Cellulite reduction  That toxic stuff that gets trapped in fat cells making our once beautifully smooth skin look like it was invaded by the Planet of Cottage Cheese.  In many women, stimulating the skin helps release these toxins and can reduce cellulite.  Don’t throw your brush out the window if it doesn’t do that for you.  There are still many other good reasons for dry brushing.
  • Tightens skin  The first time I heard about dry brushing was related to tightening skin.  As we lose weight and/or after having our precious children, our skin starts to look like an elephant’s ass.  On a really bad, bad day.  I’ve seen some remarkable before and after pictures.  $5 brush or $10,000 surgery.  Again, worth a shot.
  • Energizing  It can just plain make you feel good.  And often times, when you feel good, you’re more energized.  I’d do it just for that benefit alone!
  • Kidney function and digestion  I don’t know where this quote came from originally but I’ve seen it all over the place- “…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”

Note- dry brushing is NOT recommended for pregnant or nursing moms since it releases toxins.  Consult your doctor before starting.

4.  Got my brush, now what?

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Meet Sally.  She is modeling how you should dry brush.  You’ll want to start at your feet and brush in long, overlapping strokes toward your heart.  Belly and breasts should be brushed counterclockwise (no, I don’t know why, but when several people tell me the same thing, I usually go with it).  Arms should be brushed from your fingers up toward your shoulders and don’t leave out the arm pits.  Starting at the neck, brush down, again, towards your heart down your back and down the front of your chest.  Yes, your man can do this, too.  Don’t brush too hard.  You shouldn’t look like Mommy Dearest just tried to scrub you to death.  Hop in the shower to rinse away the dead skin cells.

5.  I’m finished, now what?

Because you’ve stirred up toxins (much like when you get a massage) you will want to drink at least 8 ounces of water after (8 ounces before is also a good idea).  Some prefer a glass of hot water with lemon.  Water flushes out all of the yucky crap we put into our systems so it’s important to drink it.  A lot of it.  Like, a lot a lot.  And no, adding Kool-aid doesn’t count.  Neither does Soda Stream (you know who you are).  You can, however, infuse it with cucumber, lime, lemon, orange, mint, etc.  Natural stuff.

6.  Anything else?

Yes!  It’s moisturize time!  A lot of women prefer to use coconut oil after dry brushing and showering.  I was using Body Dew from Pure Romance but decided to hop on the coconut train.  Because coconut oil is a little pricey, I only use it on my belly and outer thighs (my trouble spots) and still use Body Dew for the rest.

7.  How often should I dry brush?

As often as you like!  You can do it once a week, 3 times a week, daily or even twice daily.  There are no disadvantages of doing it (unless you’re doing it too hard or with too stiff a brush).

8.  Can I dry brush my face?

Yes, but use a gentler brush or a scrubbie.  If you are in your 20’s it’s okay to exfoliate your face daily.  Once you hit your 30’s you’ll want to cut down to about every other day.  You all in your 40’s need to only exfoliate a few times a week.  And those of you in your 50’s and beyond don’t want to do it more than once a week.  The older we get the more of those facial skin cells we need.  Unless you want to look like Great Aunt Hazel who has translucent skin.

I hope this was helpful and answered everyone’s questions.  If you have anymore, please feel free to ask below and I’ll do my best to answer them.  Happy dry brushing!

Here is a video of how to dry brush.  If you want to get right to the actual demonstration, skip to about 2:15.

What to expect your first time using body wrap

What To Expect The First Time You Use

  • You’ll lose inches!
  • The Ultimate Body Applicator is successful for the majority of users the very first time it is used.
  • The Applicator should not be compared to or confused with diuretic products that temporarily cause water
  • weight reduction. The Applicator converts “fat cells” to energy.
  • Along with the Applicator, sensible eating habits are recommended for optimum results.

What if nothing happens…
Although most begin to see improvements and inch loss after the first application, some may take up to 3-4
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What if I gain inches?
Don’t be alarmed… this is actually a good thing! The Applicator will cause the toxins in the body to get stirred up,
which will initially cause the body to bloat and produce an apparent gain in inches. Drinking a large amount of water
within the next couple of days following the use of the Applicator will allow the body to flush the toxins and many
have then seen a significant inch loss as a result!

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Body wraps- holy crap they worked!!

I’ll admit I was skeptical but still dished out the dough hoping it would work.  I tried the body wrap on my belly first.  A tip from a fellow ItWorks Global rep- take a hot shower and use a scrubby or loofah with NO body wash.  Make sure skin is free of any lotions, too.  I opened the package and laid out the contents- the wrap and directions.  Tossing aside my ‘do first read directions later’ ADD I carefully read the directions.  I’d watched several videos on youtube and thought using plastic wrap was a bit much but quickly realized it was a necessity- only I didn’t have any.  So after I opened the wrap, pulled it apart and applied it to my freshly scrubbed belly I went in search for something to wrap around it.  Hubby wouldn’t give up the ace bandage so I rummaged around until I found the girdle (for lack of a better word) I bought for a bridesmaid dress.

*Body Wrap Service Announcement- No where did I read anything about the smell of the wraps.  FYI, they smell and feel like Icy Hot.  Apparently that’s the smell that comes from mixing up the concoction to suck out evil toxins from my over toxified body.  My 4 and 7 year old kids came near me and exclaimed, “What’s that smell?”  Don’t worry, it’s just mommy trying to get fit and healthy-  go play.  So now you’ve been warmed about the smell.  Oh, and the icy hot feeling.

Another tip I got was to move around while wearing the wrap.  Fold some laundry, vacuum, do some dishes, etc but do NOT exercise while wearing it.  Sweat will clog your pores preventing the wraps from working.

Anyway, after an hour (you have to leave it on for a minimum of 45 minutes) I took it off, rubbed the excess lotion in and did my measurements again.  I’d lost one inch from above my belly button, 2.5 inches from just below and .5 inches from a little further down.  WOW- 4 inches total!

HOLD UP!  I was still skeptical.  So a few hours later (only wrap one area at a time) I cut one in half and wrapped each piece around my upper arms after measuring in three different spots while holding my arms out to the side (this is important).  Again, no plastic wrap so I got creative and wrapped disposable shopping bags around each arm with some tape….and the assistance of my 14 year old.  After an hour I removed the bags and wraps, rubbed the excess lotion in and remeasured.  Because I cut the wrap in half I didn’t lose anything from where I took the first measurements but I did lose 1.25 inches off of each arm!

What could be better than that?  Well, let me tell you!  I measured again 24 hours later and had lost another inch off my stomach area and .75 inches off of one arm and .5 inches off the other.  Ok, NOW I’m convinced!

Key points

  • Use one wrap at a time unless you’re doing arms/legs
  • For best results take a hot shower and use loofah/scrubby with no soap/lotion
  • Use saran wrap/ace bandage/girdle
  • Move around while wearing wrap or wear it while you sleep
  • Drink lots of water before, during and after
  • Don’t forget to measure!!!