Dry Brush this Valentines for Youthful, Radiant Skin

Dry Brushing utilises a dry vegetable brush to lightly slough off (Desquamation) the dead skin cells off the top layer of skin. It stimulates the skin, removes dead skin cells, and stimulates blood flow, circulation and the lymphatic system leaving you soft and radiant all over. It is important that you use a vegetable brush that uses sustainably sourced timber (you can be both beautiful and ethical) 


Start with the soles of your feet, brush vigorously in circular motions, up the body, always towards the heart. Use a pressure that is comfortable for you, be careful around the genitalia, armpits, and neck, which are sensitive; and avoid the face as Dry Brushing is too harsh for facial skin and will cause micro tears. It should take 5-10 minutes to do the whole body, or until your skin becomes warm, glowing and radiant. Once a week is a perfect routine to adopt for blissfully youthful skin.


Why Should We Dry Brush?


Our skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body (in size, not function). Specifically designed to excrete impurities and manmade toxins through the skin in the form of sweat. When dead skin cells accumulate on the outer layers, the pores of the skin can become clogged, preventing the excretion of impurities. Furthermore, Vitamin D is manufactured in the epidermis as a result of sunlight reaching the uppermost layer of skin therefore keeping this layer desquamated (sloughed off) will assist in your overall health and vitality. 


Remember we need a minimum of 15 minutes of natural sunlight per day (without commercial sunscreen) to keep our cells functioning at optimal levels. The sun is actually our anti aging friend, those lacking in Vitamin D will appear to age faster. At this time of year, supplementation is a good idea; I take Vitamin D supplements from Health Plus every day, as Vitamin D helps to:


  • Release calcium from the bones into the blood, for proper distribution
  • Maintain healthy skin and avoid dryness
  • Absorb calcium and potassium to help the formation of healthy bones and teeth and maintain neuromuscular function
  • Keep joints moving freely
  • Prevent hair loss
  • Reduce osteoporosis
  • Improve general mood


Dry Brushing stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems causing the movement of vital fluids around the body. It also stimulates the nervous system, helping you reconnect with the sensory receptors on the surface of your skin. Dry Brushing serves as a vitality rejuvenator particularly if you have both a hot and cold shower afterwards. Dry Brushing also stimulates oil production from the glandular system giving your skin a healthy sheen from its own natural sebum production.


Finish with a pure, naturally moisturising product, as everything we apply, we absorb deep into the body.


Dry brushing is a powerful natural anti-aging technique that will make you feel invigorated and vitalised, leaving you with blissfully youthful skin. The effects are cumulative, meaning the more regularly you do it, the more beneficial the effects. 


This Valentine’s Day, get the one you love to give you a Dry Brush. It is even more beneficial for men as their bodies are naturally covered by hair. Give it a try together – it’s a sensual, loving experience.


Juliette Scarfe

Natural Skincare Expert and Founder of Bare Skin Beauty