Better digestion, less cellulite, and whole-body detoxification are just a stroke away. Neigh, you say? We were skeptical, too. Until we tried it, that is. So, what’s our secret? Dry brushing. And we’re hooked for life.
We here at Beauty Coach are always looking for the magic, silver bullet – and we just might have found it in dry brushing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it (and who are we kidding, that was us, like five minutes ago) dry brushing is a process that involves gently yet thoroughly removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. “Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.
And although it might not seem like this could be transformative, it absolutely is, thanks to a process call lymphatic drainage. “The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes, so this waste can then be eliminated,” says Robin Jones, spa director at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, TX. Though this is a process that your body naturally undergoes, dry brushing speeds it up, and effectively boosts circulation, which allows the body’s organs to function more efficiently.
Here, we share our tips and tricks on how to dry brush – so you can experience the transformative benefits, too!
Tip 1: Bristles matter. Starting with the right brush is paramount to success. Get one with a lengthy handle, which will help you to get at hard-to-reach spots. We like The Organic Pharmacy Skin Brush, which is the perfect balance of soft and firm. “Any kind of brushing or exfoliation should be gentle and should never break the skin,” says Margo Marrone, London-based apothecary founder. “I’ve tried skin brushes that are so hard they cannot be used due to the damage they do. I chose medium-soft cactus bristles for our skin brush for gentleness; the skin should never be scratched or damaged.”
Tip 2: Brush with purpose. Starting at your feet, brush up towards your heart. When you get to your arms, work in a similar way. Begin at your fingertips and work towards your shoulders. For the best results, use a firm but gentle touch: small strokes or a circular motion provide the best stimulation. When you get to the abdomen, work in a circular motion. This part of the process should take no more than three to five minutes.
Tip 3: Nourish and protect. As an added bonus, all products applied post-brushing will be more effectively. “You’ve just opened up your pores, so any of body treatments you apply in the shower and afterward will penetrate better,” Jones says. We like Oxalis Apothecary Sanctuary Body Oil, which touts a highly nourishing formula that’s packed full of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins.
So whether you’re looking to prime your skin for the warm weather months ahead, or detoxify and stimulate circulation, you might just want to try dry brushing. We did – and we’re never looking back!
Beauty Coach Team