Published On: August 1, 2022

What if we told you that we knew a treatment that would increase blood flow, unclog pores, stimulate your nervous system, and leave your skin glowing? Dry brushing skin provides all of this, without the need for special substances or high-tech equipment. The only thing you need are a few minutes and a natural bristle brush.

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You can even enjoy your first dry brushing experience during a Lapis & Oak body treatment and then make it a daily practice at home. We work gently or vigorously, using clean, natural brushes and careful, intentional brushing movements.

Improve Your Skin and Health

Exfoliation is essential! Our Lapis & Oak estheticians will remind you of this often, and for good reason. Whether you are getting a treatment from us or using a loofah and soap in the shower, perhaps with micro scrubbing beads or particles, it is a habit worth adopting. Dry brushing exfoliates dead skin cells and reveals smoother, younger skin underneath.

The benefits of dry brushing – outside the shower or bath – are numerous. First, you can improve circulation while eliminating the hot water use that can strip away moisture. In addition to unclogging pores, dry brushing stimulates lymphatic movement. Numerous people have also reported a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Aside from this, moisturizers and other beauty products will be more readily absorbed after treatment, potentially increasing their effectiveness.

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A Thousand-Year Tradition

There’s a long history of dry brushing to get a youthful, ruddy glow from clean, freshly stimulated skin. Ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece all used dry or semi-dry skin cleansing methods. Using a strigil and olive oil, Ancient Romans would clean their skin from head to toe before starting their multi-step bath ritual.

Garshana is an Ayurvedic practice that uses a dry bristle brush or silk gloves to stimulate lymphatic movement and cleansing. As part of traditional Chinese medicine, dried silk squash fibers are used to cleanse the lymphatic system and drain toxins.

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But Will it Hurt?

Does the idea of brushing your skin without added lubricants seem unappealing? Let’s talk about sensitive skin. Many people will benefit from dry brushing, although those with extremely sensitive skin and/or certain skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis should avoid it altogether.

It may be necessary to add moisture during or after treatment to reduce overstimulation. You can also try an exfoliating scrub. Start slow and gentle if you’re worried about how your skin will react.

Your First Dry Brushing Experience

Dry brushing is a part of several Lapis & Oak experiences. You can add it to a specific body treatment or choose one that already includes it, like our Liberate Ritual. This treatment begins with full body dry brushing, followed by our Liberate body scrub blended with 100% pure essential oils and herbal infusions. We then lock in moisture with warm organic oil, leaving you with soft, hydrated skin.

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Dry brushing has been well-known for centuries as a minimal-effort, low-cost skin intervention that leaves you feeling invigorated. What’s not to love?

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