Dry body brushing is not unheard of trend in the beauty world as a detoxifying spa secret but this beauty tip is dated back to ancient times when the Japanese all-you-need-to-know-about-dry-brushing used to dry brush their skin before a bath to exfoliate and clear the pores for a better and smooth skin.

Dry brushing involves using a coarse dry brush with firm and natural bristles to brush the skin in a particular pattern to improve the skin quality and overall health. (Here’s a guide to steps for dry brushing properly)

It is more used by naturopaths and beauty professionals rather than medical professionals but the users have seen amazing results. We did some deep research to find out the top 5 benefits of dry brushing. Here’s what we found..


  • Exfoliate the skin
    Gentle dry brushing exfoliates the skin by removing the dead skin cells. Our skin sheds around a million cells everyday and the daily pollution makes it worse. These dead cells accumulate on the skin making it dull and dry. Dry brushing flakes off those dead cells, exfoliating the skin from within and making it more smooth and glowing. Applying moisturiser after dry brushing is a beautiful combination to take care of your skin.

    Pro Tip: Don’t overdo it to the extent that it starts feeling too rough because it tears the skin for bacteria which can cause infections and other skin diseases. If your skin becomes red for more than a few minutes, drop the brush, clean the part and use moisturiser. Use gentle hands and make sure you don’t leave with any cuts or bruises.

  • Reduces Cellulite
    Cellulite is a condition of dimpled, lumpy skin occurs around thighs, knees and buttocks. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to treat cellulite. Dry brushing removes the toxins from the skin that lead to the breakdown of connective tissue and helps in increasing circulation in the body which in turn help in staving off cellulite.

  • Boosts Circulation
    Dry brushing encourages the elimination of metabolic waste by increasing blood circulation and promoting the overall wellness of the body and skin. Poor circulation results in the weak immune system, fatigue, varicose veins , skin discolouration etc. which can also be avoided using dry brushing.

  • Helps with Lymphatic Drainage
    This is one of the biggest benefits for people with lymphedema (swelling caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system) where it helps in transport of oxygen to the body’s cell and tissue and helps in aiding lymph nodes, ducts and vessels in the detoxification of the blood.


Dry brushing also supports a healthy digestive system due to its detoxifying effects which in turn supports healthy skin.

Research has proven the benefits of a healthy digestion system on dull and unhealthy skin. Dry brushing supports digestion because of the direct effects of the lymphatic system on the absorption of dietary fats and fat-soluble vitamins. It may not be one of the top reasons but the effect on digestion cannot be neglected.

Now that we know the benefits of dry brushing the biggest question is how frequently to do it. Every one of us has a different skin type, so it depends from person to person. Make sure it’s not abrasive after doing it because it will be counter-productive. Start by once a week and when you start seeing results you can increase or decrease frequency.