Beauty trend: Dry skin brushing

Add this quick and simple step into your beauty routine for smoother, sexier skin. It will also help release toxins, get rid of ingrown hairs and possibly help skin issues such as acne. Here’s what you need to know.


Inexpensive, easy to do and effective, dry skin brushing is the latest beauty trend that Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston swear by.

What is it?

Dry skin brushing has been around for centuries. The Japanese dry brush with a loofah, the Cherokee Indians with corncobs, Ancient Greeks used metal spatulas and the Finnish with birch twigs in a sauna.

Of course we recommend a much more tame, but equally effective version with a good quality, natural bristle brush. Get one with a long handle for the hard to reach areas of the body.

Use a brush with a long handle for hard to reach areas.

How to do it?

The best time to dry brush is before your morning shower.

Always start brushing at the ankles using long, upward strokes. Don’t go back and forth, just up. The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm and your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated).

Work up your legs one at a time. Then move up your mid-section and across your chest. For your back, brush from the neck down to the lower back. Finish by brushing up your arms toward your armpits. Just remember, the mantra with body brushing is ‘towards your heart!’

The perks of dry skin brushing:

  • It removes dead skin and encourages cell renewal which results in smoother and sexier skin.
  • A powerful detoxification aid. It increases circulation to your skin and stimulates your lymphatic system, helping it release toxins.
  • It helps with muscle tone, and stimulation of the nerve endings, therefore rejuvenating the nervous system.
  • By increasing the circulation to the skin, it is said that dry skin brushing can aid with reducing the appearance of cellulite.
  • It helps with ridding of any pesky ingrown hairs.
  • It is said that the detox and circulatory boost helps with digestive issues and skin problems such as acne.
  • Dry skin brushing will help get rid of pesky ingrown hairs.

    Lastly, described as meditative, dry skin brushing assists with reducing muscle tension and relieving stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage. Take the extra five minutes starting today to incorporate this simple but effective practice as part of your health and wellness routine.

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Health & Wellness March 5, 2015

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