The Model-Approved Secret to Glowing Skin (and Why You Should Try It)
Chances are that you've heard a little about this beauty ritual that's taking Hollywood by storm. Is it the key to unlocking beaming, beautiful skin? Can it actually improve your overall health? Instead of blindly grabbing the first brush we could find and scrubbing away, we enlisted the help of Gary Dickman, former lead esthetician at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa in Los Angeles, and Jeanine Downie, M.D., to fill us in on the benefits of dry brushing. Namely, whether or not it can actually get us Miranda Kerr's "I woke up like this" glow.
Keep reading to find out all the beauty benefits of dry brushing—plus, shop our picks at the end!
Basically, it's pretty much what it sounds like. You take a body brush (look for one with firm, natural bristles) and use it to gently massage your body in an upward motion. Dickman says it improves the appearance of your skin and also makes your moisturizer more effective because it sloughs off dead skin.
Simply rubbing a brush all over your body and calling it a day isn't going to get you the skin benefits of dry brushing (plus, that can hurt!). To dry brush properly, first make sure your skin it completely dry. Starting at your ankle, move your brush over your skin in long, circular motions that go upwards toward your heart, Dickman says. Keep in mind that you're not at a Korean spa—a slight, firm pressure is all you need.
You can dry brush at any time of day, but Dr. Downie recommends doing it right before you shower. After you rinse off, slather on a moisturizer like Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($11) or Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion ($9).
Aside from leaving you with glowing skin (as if that weren't enough), Dickman says that dry brushing helps boost circulation and lympathic drainage. Not to mention, some people swear their cellulite is less noticeable after dry brushing! And Dr. Downie notes that it can even help with the appearance of sun damage.
Since dry brushing can leave your skin feeling a little raw (it is total body exfoliation, after all), it's up to you to decide how often you can do it. As a general rule of thumb, Dr. Downie says that women with ultra-sensitive skin should only dry brush once every couple of weeks. For everyone else, she recommends one to two times per week. And don't forget to wash your brush with baby shampoo at least twice a month (because, ew, think of all the dead skin that builds up).
"If you are dry brushing, you must use sunscreen, as dry brushing makes you more sensitive to the sun," warns Dr. Downie. So be sure to slather on your SPF before heading outside.
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