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How to Dry Brush Your Skin

The Scoop on Dry Brush Exfoliation

Here's an interesting tutorial from OnSugar blog Kiss and Tell:

Did you know that at any given time your body contains about two pounds of dry skin? Whether you’re looking for health benefits or just want to have super smooth skin, dry brushing is a technique that’s been around for ages which helps eliminate dry skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft, while improving circulation and decreasing the appearance of cellulite. (To find out how to do it yourself, just keep reading.)

You want to start out with a skin brush with soft bristles; natural or nylon bristles are great. I just use one that I picked up from The Body Shop ($12) ages ago, but most skin care/bath stores should have one. The trick is to find one that fits comfortably in your hand, is easy to grip, and has soft bristles.

When you begin brushing, you want to make sure you do it on dry skin, which will allow you to slough off more dead skin cells. Wet skin tends to plump up, making it harder to remove.


You should start brushing in gentle circular motions beginning at the extremities and moving your way up the body toward the heart. I start with my feet, move up my legs, then on to my arms, up to my shoulders, then back to the front of my body. This helps increase blood flow and makes sure you don’t miss anywhere important. I tend to avoid the face and decolletage, as they can be quite sensitive.

Afterward, I like to shower just to get all of the dead skin off, and finish with a good moisturizer for extrasmooth skin. Dry brushing can help your skin look younger and glowier, and is a great way to improve your skin inside and out.

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Salane Salane 6 years
Is this good for sensitive skin? What about redness?
Lavinie Lavinie 6 years
i had never heard of this! i'm sooo gonna try now.. thanks for the advice!
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 6 years
Never tried this before, but think I'll give it a shot. Think it might help those pesky back-of-the-upper arm bumps?
BloodyFuFu BloodyFuFu 6 years
I love dry brushing! Doing it daily helps when waxing time comes around, and I swear that it does improve circulation enough to cut down on cellulite. My husband gives me strange looks but I don't care because it works.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
i dry skin brush every.single.morning first thing after i wake up using one of those brushes with a detachable handle. the only difference is that i use long sweeping upward strokes insteat of circular ones in order to encourage my lymphatic system and it leave yours kin baby smooth & soft
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