This is your complete guide to using your new dry brush! In this guide, we discuss the benefits of your brush, how to use it, how to clean and care for it, and how a portion of profits will help non-profit organizations that work to supply nutritious food to families in developing countries. Let's dive in!
Dry brushing has incredible health benefits and is widely recommended by health experts. Dry brushing detoxifies the body, improves circulation, eliminates dead skin cells, exfoliates the skin, improves skin tone, aids digestion, reduces and prevents cellulite, and increases energy and well-being. In addition, dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps eliminate toxins and pathogens that can cause inflammation and illness.
Facial dry brushing works by using ultrafine bristles. These bristles thoroughly clean and remove the dirt, oil and dead skin from your face. Generally, our outer skin layer sheds all of its dead cells every 20 to 30 days. But, with aging, these dead cells begin to accumulate, making your skin look dull and unhealthy. Dry brushing helps to remove these dead cells and allow new cells to generate. This makes your skin look fresh and healthy.
The health benefits of dry brushing are greatly enhanced through the use of an ionic body brush, which has its origin in ancient Ayurvedic practices. Our ionic body brushes are made with extra-fine ion-charged copper bristles, which naturally create negative ions that protect your body from free radicals and have numerous other health benefits. In addition, the molecular composition of our unique bristles encourages the direct and immediate absorption of negative ions into your skin, which increases the benefits of dry brushing, including the speed of detoxification.
How to Dry Brush with an Ionic or Sisal Dry Brush
Our ionic and sisal brushes are designed to be used without water, soap, or oil.
We recommend using either your ionic or sisal body brush on a daily basis in order to detoxify the body, eliminate dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, aid digestion, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you are new to dry brushing or have sensitive skin, you can start dry brushing once a week and work your way up to every 2-3 days depending how sensitive your skin is. You should also listen to your body and can adjust your dry brushing frequency as needed.
In addition, we recommend using your brush first thing upon waking up in the morning and before showering or bathing. This is an excellent practice which helps invigorate the body and also ensures that dead skin and toxins are washed away, giving you a healthy glow and leaving you refreshed and energized for the rest of your day. Many of our customers incorporate our brush into their morning cleansing routine and enjoy taking a cool shower immediately after dry brushing.
If you prefer to shower or bathe at night, then you can certainly incorporate dry brushing into your nightly routine. However, please note that dry brushing can have a stimulating effect on your body, which means that it may energize you rather than get you in the mood for sleeping! That said, everyone is different, so certainly give it a try and see how your body reacts.
We recommend brushing rhythmically and with light, smooth, and gentle strokes. Make sure to adjust the speed and pressure in order to match the sensitivity of your skin. Start by brushing the soles of your feet and then work your way up and inward.
We recommend brushing with long, straight strokes towards the heart. This is the direction in which lymph flows in your body, so brushing in this direction (as opposed to brushing in a circular motion or away from your heart) will have the most beneficial effect on your lymphatic system, which is responsible for detoxifying your body. In addition, brushing in this direction will help stimulate the nervous system and increase your blood circulation.
In general, it should take 3-5 minutes to brush your body thoroughly. You can use the brush on the entire surface of your body depending on the sensitivity of your skin, although many of our customers prefer to avoid brushing the delicate skin on their face, neck and chest. Please avoid brushing any skin that is irritated or broken and please exercise additional caution when brushing skin that has any abrasions or raised moles.
You will typically find it easier to dry brush while you are standing. However, you can also dry brush while you are sitting or reclining, so long as you always ensuring that you are brushing in the direction of your heart.
It is perfectly normal for your skin to be slightly flushed after using your brush. After you have finished brushing and have had a shower or bathed, we recommend that you apply lotion or oil to the areas that you have dry brushed in order to nourish and moisturize your skin. Coconut oil can be a great option. In addition, please make sure to drink plenty of water after dry brushing in order to facilitate the detoxification process. In fact, drinking plenty of water after brushing can greatly enhance the detoxification effect of the brushing process.
Any new dry brushing routine requires time to improve your health, so please be patient and consistently use your brush to enjoy excellent health results!
Please make sure not to use an ionic body brush if you are allergic to any metals. In addition, make sure to always brush your body when it is dry and never when it is damp or wet. We also recommend using a separate brush for each member of your household.
You can learn more about the benefits of dry brushing and how to do it in this blog post.
How to Dry Brush with a Facial Dry Brush
When dry brushing your face, it is essential that you use a special brush made specifically for your face. This is necessary because the skin on your face and neck is much more thin and delicate than the skin on the rest of your body. That's what makes our super-soft brush ideal for facial brushing.
Our facial brushes are designed to be used without water, soap, or oil. We recommend using your facial dry brush one to two times a week in order to thoroughly clean and remove the dirt, oil and dead skin from your face.
Start by wetting your face and neck with warm water. For the greatest effect, try to apply a warm washcloth to your face for several minutes to open up your pores. Then, make sure to cleanse your face and ensure that you remove all makeup. Allow your face to dry. Your skin must be clean and dry before starting to dry brush. The brush you are using also needs to be completely dry. Once you are ready to begin brushing, tie your hair back or put on a hairband if needed before you begin dry brushing your face.
Start brushing your chin towards the hairline from one side, then move to the other side. Use gentle upward strokes. The movement should not cause any irritation.
- For your cheeks, make a circular motion in an outward and backward fashion.
- For your upper lip, start from the center and brush outwards.
- For your nose, use small circular motions starting from your nose tip towards the middle of the brow area.
- For your eyes, use light strokes encircling your eyes in a circular motion.
Make sure to be very gentle when brushing, particularly around the eyes. As you brush more often, you can use more pressure, but begin very slowly and gently.
Your neck is also an important part of your body for dry brushing purposes. Repeat the brushing process, starting from your chest and moving upwards towards the chin across your neck.
Wash your face and moisturize afterwards. You can also take a warm shower to remove the dead skin cells. Applying oil or moisturizer helps supply nutrients and moisture to your open pores, helping to hydrate your skin.
After completion of the dry brushing, drink a glass of water to hydrate yourself. Also, clean your brush and wash it using a gentle soap. With regular practice, you can complete the entire dry brushing process from head to toe within ten minutes.
Even with light pressure, your skin may look red after you have finished dry brushing. This is normal and merely a sign that the brushing has been effective, so there is no need to be concerned. The redness should subside naturally within a few minutes, but, if you are still red after an hour, you either brushed with too much pressure or your skin may be too delicate for dry brushing. Always begin brushing with very little pressure. If it has positive results for you, you can gradually increase the pressure over time.
For more information on facial body brushes and how to use them, see our comprehensive blog post on the subject here: Dry Brushing Your Face: Complete Guide.
How to Clean an Ionic Dry Brush
Copper is naturally anti-bacterial, so there is no need to clean your ionic body brush in the same manner as you might clean an ordinary brush. In order to keep your brush clean, we recommend brushing the bristles several times with a dry cloth, or tapping the brush with the bristles pointed down on a washable surface, such as a sink basin, in order to remove any skin particles. We suggest that you do this after every each use. Please make sure never to wash your ionic body brush with water or soap.
How to Clean a Sisal or Facial Dry Brush
You should regularly clean your brush. Use a drop of tea tree oil and gentle liquid soap to clean your brush. Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Rinse your brush and let it dry face down on a towel. Avoid any prolonged dampness in your brush to avoid bacterial growth and make sure you dry it thoroughly. You can also dry your brush outside in the fresh air with the benefit of disinfecting sunlight.
We are very proud of the fact that Prana Brush is a social enterprise.
What does that mean? Well, in short, it means that our goal isn't to make our bank account as flush as possible, but, rather, to do our part to make the world a better place.
We achieve that goal by donating 15% of our profit to several non-profit organizations that work to supply nutritious food to families in developing countries. Learn more about our Giving Back program.