Dry Brushing Dos and Don’ts

Exfoliation is important all year round but it is especially useful during the months when the air is cooler and drier. And, while we know that regularly exfoliating our face is an integral part of our skincare routine, it’s rare that we extend the same practice to the rest of our body.

That’s why we love the practice of dry brushing so much!

What is Dry Brushing and Why do I need it?

Dry brushing is much like it sounds.  It involves using a body brush (our recommendation is to choose one with firm, natural bristles like the one pictured here) and gently moving it along your skin in upward circular motions.  Dry brushing not only helps loosen and remove dead skin cells, it is also thought to brighten the skin, enhance your after-brushing moisturizing results and boost overall circulation.

Additionally, dry brushing can help to break up stubborn lymphatic congestion by encouraging more blood flow to the brushed areas and reduce the appearance of cellulite on the body due to its temporary plumping effects.

If you’re new to dry brushing, there are a few key things to remember to make sure that your experience yields the best results and keeps your skin healthy and happy.

Here are our top dos and don’ts when it comes to dry brushing:


  1. Do make sure the skin and the brush are completely dry

  2. Do start at your ankle and use slow gentle upward circular movements, making your way up the body

  3. Do dry brush right before you shower so you can rinse off any debris

  4. Do apply moisturizer directly after showering to maximize the skin’s elasticity

  5. Do dry brush no more than 1-2 times per week, depending on how your skin feels afterwards

  6. Do wash your dry brush with baby shampoo 1-2 times/month to remove all skin debris

  7. Do use sunscreen if you’re heading out after brushing as your new skin cells will be extra sensitive


  1. Don’t shower directly before dry brushing to ensure skin is dry

  2. Don’t dry brush if your skin skews extra sensitive or you’re struggling with an active outbreak of eczema, psoriasis or any other skin condition

  3. Don’t continue if skin abrasions occur (instead lessen the pressure you are using with your brush and move onto a new area)

  4. Don’t dry brush more than 2 times per month to avoid extra irritation and sensitivity

Have more questions?

We are here to help. Please email us at hello@spiritspa.ca