If you want to avoid issues like dull skin, cellulite, and ingrown hairs, you should be exfoliating your body occasionally. Sure, you could use a body scrub and a loofah in the shower to get your exfoliation on, but if you truly want baby-soft skin at all times, then you should be adding some dry brushing into your skincare routine.
“Dry brushing is my favorite method of body exfoliation because it is multitasking — it’s actually incredible as a cellulite treatment and increases elasticity,” says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salons and Skin Care. “Dry brushing increases blood flow, which is healthy, but its main purpose is to stimulate collagen production, which will help to thicken the skin and lessen the appearance of fat cells. It also dramatically increases elasticity, so it’s great for lifting and toning a problem area.”
Vargas recommends using a dry-brushing tool before you get into the shower in the morning. “Start at the tops of the feet and brush upwards towards the heart,” she says. “Spend extra time on areas that tend to be more stagnant, like the inner thigh, and don’t forget to include the backs of the arms and the back. Dry brushing immediately increases circulation, so you will feel warmer when you are done.”
Although this process is 100% natural, it might feel odd stroking the skin from bottom to top in an upward motion. This method is recommended to stimulate the lymphatic system, which increases blood flow, improves digestion, and sparks energy through the body. Other benefits of dry brushing include reducing ingrown hairs and removing dead skin in order to reveal glowing, youthful skin.
“It’s also a beautiful, simple ritual that will be a daily reminder that taking good care of yourself will make your confidence soar,” says Vargas.