Skin Brushing How To: The Century Old Technique Turned Modern Day

I’lll admit it, I bought a dry brush and then it took me 3 months to use it because I had no clue how, why, or when to use this scratchy looking tool.  It wasn’t until the harshness of winter came and my legs started getting super dry that it occurred to me that I may have the solution already in my bathroom.  Upon further research, and experience I discovered dry brushing is for more then just getting rid of dead skin and when done with the right amount of pressure, feels great too.  Many spas are not incorporating this ancient technique into their modern day offerings.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is responsible for insulating the body, blood and lymph circulation, and storing nutrients and energy.  Skin brushing sustains these natural functions while providing many more benefits. The process of skin or dry brushing has been used for centuries by everyone from the Greeks, to the Indians and and even ancient Ayurvedic Medicine employed the technique to achieve healthy, glowing skin.


Long Handle Dry BrushFace Dry Brush


Benefits of Dry Brushing

  • Exfoliates skin and removes toxins
  • Stimulates circulation and increases blood supply
  • Stimulates lymphatic system
  • Helps to break down fat reducing the appearance of cellulite
  • Improves digestion
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Slows the skins aging process
  • Regulates sebum production, de-clogs pores and helps prevent acne


How to Dry Brush Your Skin

You should brush when your skin is dry, shower and then use an organic body oil to moisturize afterwards.  Because of the energizing effect dry brushing has on the body, I recommend you dry brush in the mornings.  Work the brush in a circular, upward motion.  The technique is best done by starting with the feet and working upwards towards the heart.  Be sure to use a brush that is made out of 100% natural bristles like the ones sold at Hanu Skin Care.  This brush has a detachable handle so you can reach your back.  The process is great for preventing Acne in the back area.  Use Hanu Blemish Treatment oil on your back after the process for added healing benefit.


Hanu Skin Care Skin Brush and Body Oil


Be sure not to press too hard, use gentle but vigorous motions.  After you brush your legs, arms, chest and back use a brush specifically made for the face like the one sold at Hanu Skin Care.  While daily dry brushing of the body is recommended, I only recommend dry brushing the face once a week and in place of an exfoliator.  Follow the brushing with a moisturizing facial oil for a beautiful glow.



Hanu Skin Care Facial Brush and Face Oil


Helpful Hints

  • Always brush in a clockwise motion on the stomach area to mimic digestion
  • Do not dry brush sensitive skin, open wounds, burns or rashes
  • Clean your skin brush with soap and water once every 2 weeks
  • After cleansing always allow brush to dry thoroughly


by Karen Burzdak

Karen Burzdak is CEO and Founder of Hanu Skin Care. Karen is a US Advocate of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and a member of the American Herbalists Guild. She holds certifications in Essential Aromatherapy and Clinical Aromatherapy. Karen has a degree in communications from Fitchburg State College and has done some Masters of Business Administration studies.

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