A breakdown of the benefits of dry brushing your skin.
Exfoliating the skin is an important part of your skincare routine (here’s why!), and dry brushing is one way to get it done. Keep reading for the benefits, how to do it, and the tools you’ll need to do it properly.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is an exfoliation method using brush bristles to slough away dead skin cells. Dry brushing is convenient because it’s no mess–no oils, ointments, or creams necessary–but all brushes aren’t created equally. More on that later.
What are the benefits of dry brushing the skin?
Increases blood circulation
Promotes lymph flow and drainage
More gentle on moisture retention than exfoliating in a hot shower
How to dry brush the skin properly
Remember when I told you all brushes aren’t created equally? Let’s revisit that now.
Dry brushes come in all sizes and varying length handles, so you’ll want to choose one that feels good in your grip. Most importantly, the brush bristles themselves make a huge difference. Some are made vegan-friendly with natural ingredients, while others are made with synthetic ingredients. Some bristles are soft, some are coarse. You want to do your research before you pick a brush–especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne. Bristles that are too rough can break the skin, spread bacteria, and cause irritation.
Once you find the right brush for your skin type:
Dry brush before you shower so you can wash away dead skin cells and debris.
Dry brush only once a day to avoid irritating the skin.
Go gentler on sensitive areas like your abdomen, breasts, and neck.
Don’t dry brush your face–it’s too sensitive.