How to Dry Brush Skin

There are so many dry brush options these days because the benefits are so vast and wide. Dry brushing daily, or weekly, is one of the easiest self-care rituals to weave into your routine.

Whether you're looking to exfoliate dead skin, create a smooth and lustrous glow, improve circulation, reduce the appearance of cellulite, or detox your lymph - this ritual serves everyone.

There are specific rules about the best way to dry brush skin, regardless of the kind of dry brush you use. It's important to know the direction you're moving the brush.


You always dry brush towards your heart to help get the lymph moving upward. Once you get above the heart, on the neck, move strokes in a downward motion towards the heart.

Here is our quick overview on how to use a dry brush to get you started:

How to Dry Brush

Prep Your Bathroom

Dry brush upon awakening in the morning before showering. Dry brush in the shower, or on a towel, in the bathroom to collect dry skin.

1. Feet and Legs

Begin at the feet with long sweeping motions moving towards the heart. Move along each limb on its own, repeating strokes 2-3 times on both the front and the back of the legs. Apply medium pressure so that you can feel the movement, but not scratch the skin. Use shorter motions when working around joints like knees and elbows

2. Stomach

Use light circular, clockwise motions. Repeat 3-4 times at a slow-to-moderate pace.

3. Arms 

Starting with the hands make your way upward toward the shoulders. Repeat strokes 2-3 times on both the front and the backs of the arms.

4. Neck and Heart

Start at the jaw line and very lightly move toward the chest. Repeat strokes 2-3 times on each side. Complete by drawing light circles around the heart.

Shower + Hydrate

Always take a shower post dry brushing to remove dead skin. Ensure your body is moisturized to replenish the new layer on the surface of the skin.

Care: Be sure to change your dry brush every 4-5 months.