Let’s all be honest for a second here. We barely shave if nobody’s going to see us naked let alone give our bodies the royal treatment and dry brush! At the same time, it feels like the cloud of dust that rises up into the air gets bigger and bigger every time we take our black yoga pants off! Those are skin flakes by the way and they’re the reason you might want to learn how to dry brush your body.
Unlike many of the skincare steps we practice daily, dry brushing is a pretty hands-on no-fuss activity. You grab a body brush and you brush your dry body with it. Simple as that!
And it’s not a sophisticated or elegant activity, to be honest. No cute and colorful skincare is involved. All you need is an ugly ancient-looking brush.
You might be embarrassed to display it in your shower in case someone sees it and wonders if you have other limbs or it’s a sexual thing or if you shower with ponies.
But this simple and primitive act not only makes you feel better but also makes you look better.
The benefits of dry brushing your body
There are many benefits to dry brushing. First of all, it’s a physical exfoliation for your body.
Unlike your face where you should be careful with how you exfoliate it, you can use the brush to manually get rid of dead skin cells on your body.
When they’re gone, your skin looks and feels smoother. It may even help with ingrown hairs. Plus, it brings out the color of your skin as your body is no longer covered by an off-white layer of dead skin flakes.
Also, your body lotions actually have a chance to moisturize your skin with those dead skin cells out of the way. You can finally get that glow your body moisturizer has been talking about.
Additionally, dry brushing is practically massaging the skin. It helps wake up the skin, increase circulation, and even stimulate lymph drainage.
On a side note, you know we love to talk about the science behind beauty products and activities. And we did look this up. Turns out, there is no lab where naked people brush away while scientists take notes on the “toxins” scattering around.
It has more to do with common sense and the tangible results like feeling better during brushing and seeing how your skin looks smoother afterward.
How to dry brush your body
It’s no rocket science to dry brush. There’s not really a wrong way of doing it. I mean, what’s going to happen? You brush too much and you get a dent in your hip? Of course not!
But there’s always a better way of doing it to get the best results. Also, it’s better to do this before you take a shower. It’ll rinse everything off and make your post-shower products work better.
So here’s how to dry brush your body.
- Make sure your body is bone-dry. It’d be a full body scrub in a Turkish bath if it wasn’t dry. So dry body is a prerequisite.
- Grab your brush and start from your feet. Brush upwards in slow circular motions.
- You need to brush the same area 2-3 times to make sure you’re getting everything.
- Don’t be too harsh on the skin.
- Once the lower body’s done, move on to the belly and brush that area in circular motions as well.
- Brush your arms upwards and don’t forget your armpits.
- Be gentle around the neck area and do not dry brush your face!
- Take a shower and rinse everything off.
- Your skin may feel dry afterward. But your body products are going to love this new smooth skin.
- Grab your favorite body lotion or body oil and moisturize all over.
- You’ll see that your skin feels smooth and soft and looks way more radiant.
How often should you dry brush
Dry brushing can take time. It might even feel like a chore sometimes. But doing it once a week is enough to keep the flakes away and keep the skin smooth.
Needless to say, if you have a rash, or psoriasis, or body acne, you might want to skip the whole thing or be very careful with it. It can irritate your skin and cause sensitivity.
If you’re thinking about giving it a try, below are body brushes you can comfortably hide in your bathroom when you have guests. Also, natural brushes feel softer on the skin as opposed to synthetic bristles that might feel too scratchy.
This one is great for hard-to-reach areas like your back. The handle makes it easier to give yourself a back scrub. Additionally, the handle is removable. So you don’t need another smaller brush.
This one has a firmer grip that allows you to be more precise with your brushing. It works especially great for the upper body. You can choose between soft and medium depending on how rough you want to get with it.