Health Benefits of Dry Body Brushing

Apr 8, 2013 by

Health Benefits of Dry Body Brushing


Dry body brushing, practiced for hundreds of years in Japan and Greece, is now catching on in many of the high-end spas as a way to decrease cellulite and improve skin appearance. Dry body brushing is mostly known to be effective in getting rid of dead skin cells, increasing circulation and helping the lymphatic system work better (removing toxins from the body) as well as decreasing bloating.

The good news is that you don’t need to pay a hefty high-end spa price in order to get the benefits of dry skin brushing. For those who are DIY motivated, dry skin brushing can be performed in the privacy of your own home, is effective, very easy to learn (only takes minutes to perform) and very affordable.  You can purchase an all-natural dry body brush online or at most health food stores. That’s all you need to see results — except for the willingness and determination to perform dry skin brushing every day.


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Directions for Daily Dry Body Brushing

Always brush towards your heart. Make long sweeps up toward the heart.  Avoid improper brushing techniques of back and forth or scrubbing and circular motions. Begin with your feet, then up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. Direct the brush counterclockwise for the stomach area. Don’t make the mistake of brushing too hard as your skin should be stimulated and invigorated, but not irritated or red.

  • Always brush skin when dry. Preferably in the morning before shower.dry body brushing
  • Use natural vegetable-derived bristle brush.
  • Brush in direction of heart.
  • Follow with warm shower.
  • Never brush broken skin.
  • Do not brush before bed as it may interrupt sleep


Health Benefits of Dry Body Brushing

  • stimulates all organs of detoxification
  • removes cellulite
  • cleanses the lymphatic system
  • removes dead skin layers
  • strengthens immune system
  • stimulates hormone & oil-producing glands
  • tones muscles
  • stimulates circulation
  • improves nervous system
  • helps digestion
  • helps to tighten skin
  • reduces need for body lotion
  • easy & inexpensive
  • removes excess fluid from body
  • known as an effective lymphatic drainage technique
  • eliminates clogged skin pores
  • helps with even distribution of fat deposits
  • keeps skin soft, smooth & younger looking


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Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.


  1. Cheryl

    Do I do the brushing on the front and back of my body? Is it okay to only do the front?

  2. Brandi

    I did this last night for the first time. I love body anything exfoliating and detoxifying. Combining the two is exciting withnot mention all of the added benefits! I did the scrub at about 9:00 went to bed at 10:00. I woke up at 12:00 and was very nauseous and had a head ache. I felt like this till about 2:00 when i fell asleep. I had plenty of water to drink yesterday. That was the first thing i thought about. Are these normal side effects?

    • Loretta Lanphier, NP

      It’s best not to dry brush before bed. Dry brushing tends to stimulate the body and can help help the body with detoxification which may be the reason for the nausea and headache.


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