Is Dry Brushing Your New Skincare Cure-All?

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Models Miranda Kerr and Molly Simms swear by it, and Gwyneth Paltrow includes it in her nightly beauty routine.

But is dry brushing really the answer to A-lister skin? We investigate.

What Is Dry Brushing?

Essentially, dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like: You’re using a dry-bristled brush on your body to exfoliate the skin and stimulate circulation.

The practice has been around for centuries, and it’s been a part of countless civilizations’ beauty routines — from corn cobs used by the Cherokee Indians¬†to Japanese loofahs.

Dry brushing is believed to stimulate the lymph nodes and even improve the appearance of cellulite.

Proven Benefits

1. Enhanced Exfoliation

Using a dry brush on your skin naturally exfoliates dead skin cells, which in turn speeds your skin’s cellular turnover.

Smooth, exfoliated skin is much more receptive to moisturizers as well as self-tanners, so it can boost the way your skin absorbs these products.

Dry-brushing enthusiasts report that their skin is softer as a result of their brushing routines.

You’re also likely to achieve a closer shave thanks to your skin’s smoother surface, and you’ll be less likely to experience in-grown hairs.

2. Cellulite Reduction

Dry brushing may not affect your cellulite in the long-term, but it definitely does reduce the appearance of dimples in the short-term.

It massages the skin, which causes it to look more plump due to the increased circulation.

This plumping effect lessens the appearance of cellulite — at least temporarily — and some people insist that regular brushing reduces their cellulite in general.

3. Stress Relief

Because dry brushing is so similar to massage, it’s an excellent way to unwind.

Brush before getting in the bath or shower, or add an oil to the brush to moisturize your skin while you buff off dead skin cells for a more indulgent treatment.

Some people even¬†claim that it can support¬†the body’s lymphatic system, remove toxins, and improve digestion.

Dry Brushing Techniques

Ready to give this skincare method a go?

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Start at your feet and brush upward, moving in the direction of your heart. (This is supposed to encourage lymphatic drainage.) Follow this direction as you brush your arms, starting at the hands at working your way to your shoulders.
  2. You can either use a long brush for challenging areas like your back, or you can try a hand-held brush for easier use along your arms and legs.
  3. Use small, circular strokes as you go, and avoid pressing too hard. Otherwise, you may scratch or aggravate the skin.
  4. Follow your brushing with a moisturizer to hydrate the skin.
  5. Start off by brushing once or twice per week, and increase the frequency based¬†on what’s tolerable for your skin. Most experts recommend using a dry brush at least twice per week (but daily is perfectly fine).
  6. Replace your brush once or twice per year, as the bristles will get worn.

Are you a fan of dry brushing, or are you considering adding it to your skincare routine?

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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