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Our Guide On How To Use A Dry Brush

Dry brushes have been used throughout history and have experienced a long-spanning evolution to gain the skincare trend status they currently enjoy.

Before unpacking our guide on how to use a dry brush, you may be wondering what exactly it is. Dry brushing is a centuries-old Ayurvedic medicine practice known for its ability to stimulate the lymphatic system, exfoliate, rid the body of toxins, minimize cellulite, and increase energy and circulation.

Dry brushes have been used throughout history and have experienced a long-spanning evolution to gain the skincare trend status they currently enjoy. Beginning as a ritual done before bathing in ancient times, it is a simple process that has seen most of its transformation in its users more than its techniques.

What Is a Dry Brush?

A dry features dry, bristly fibers that are rubbed against the skin across the entirety of the body in a specific manner to activate the desired effects. The texture of the brush, combined with its regulated pattern of movements, work together to exfoliate the body, improve circulation, and clear lymphatic drainage.

How To Select A Dry Brush

The first step in knowing how to use a dry brush is knowing how to select one. Although it might sound like a simple task, there are many versions to choose from. The varying bristles and handle types are key factors to evaluate while weighing the thousands of options.

The different bristle fibers, although consistently coarse, vary in small details. The bristles can be either synthetic, from a boar, made from cactus, or made of several other natural materials that vary in stiffness. The stiffer the bristles, the harsher the dry brush will feel on the skin; this is an important factor to consider depending on personal preference. We like natural, cruelty-free brushes like this one.

In terms of handles, the options include longer ones or ones that fit perfectly to the hand. The selection, in this case, depends on the areas of the body a user intends to reach. The longer the handle, the further the reach.

How To Use A Dry Brush

Now that you know what it is, the benefits of using it, and the nuances of each option on the market, here’s how to use a dry brush effectively.

When working through the different areas of your body, start at the bottom with your feet. Using sweeping, wide, and circular motions, rub thoroughly against your skin. As you move upwards along your body, use more gentle pressure in thin-skinned areas like wrists or ankles and harder pressure in areas where the skin is a bit thicker, like thighs or knees.

Once you complete your feet, legs, and midsection, begin using sweeping and upward motions in the direction of your arms.

After you've finished dry brushing every necessary area, a cold shower will remove the dry, dead skin cells and complete the exfoliation process. Once you've dried your body after the cool shower, apply a natural oil to moisturize and soften the skin.

Maintaining Your Dry Brush’s Quality

Knowing how to use a dry brush should also include a general understanding of maintaining your brush's quality. Following a dry brush session, be sure to rinse the bristles and dry the brush in a well-ventilated space. The brush should receive a deeper clean weekly with soap and oil, and it should only be used by one individual to prevent infections.

Is A Dry Brush Right For You?

Like any face or body treatment, dry brushing may not be for everyone. It can irritate certain skin types, and some people simply might not enjoy the process. However, there are otherwise no known side effects, should you like to give it a try.

Like many other treatments, dry brushing is not exclusive to women. Men can also benefit from the relaxing exfoliation provided by the treatment. Ultimately, there is no harm in giving dry brushing a try. It may just become your new favorite skincare and self-care practice.

Meet the author

Katie Werbowski
Director of Brand Strategy & Development at Skin Spa New York

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