Dry brushing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You take a body brush (look for one with firm, natural bristles) and use it to gently massage your body in an upward motion. This process brightens the skin and also makes your moisturizer more effective, as it sloughs off dead skin. And as the name implies, the brush and your skin should be—you guessed it—dry while you do it.
Why dry brush? I’m so glad you asked!
Here are a few benefits:
- Boosts circulation
- Aids with lymphatic drainage
- Exfoliates dead skin
- Plumps the skin
Dry Brushing Step-by-Step
- To dry-brush properly, first make sure your skin is completely dry.
- Starting at your ankle, Dickman recommends moving your brush over your skin in long, circular motions that go in the direction of your heart.
- Maintain a slightly firm pressure as you dry brush.
You can dry-brush at any time of day, but Downie recommends doing it right before you shower. After you rinse off, slather on a moisturizer to seal in all of your hard work. (more in this article if you’d like to check it out)
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