Summer is upon us in all but name, and nothing says summer like bare skin. For many of us, daring to go bare requires a little exfoliation. While I am sure every girl—and maybe some guys—have at least a basic loofah in their shower, that's just the beginning. I was recently turned on to the art of dry brushing and will never go back.
What exactly is dry brushing? It's basically just what it sounds like, a specially made brush used to gently brush your entire—and I do mean entire—body from the feet up while dry. Though this might sound painful, I actually found it quite pleasant. When done right, dry brushing not only leaves you with glowing skin but has other health benefits as well. Supposedly it’s even good for cellulite—not that any of us have any.
The first thing you need is a good brush made specifically just for dry brushing. I tried out a few and liked the easy-to-use wood handle on a brush from The Body Shop ($12.99) and the natural bristles on the highly recommended body brush by Mio ($20), but also found that the synthetic bristles on a $4.99 brush from Ulta worked just as well.
Once the proper brush is obtained, treat it like any other new skincare regimen. In other words: go slow and don’t overdo it. Basically this means don't scrub too hard. Brush your skin in long, smooth, repetitive motions across your legs moving upwards, going in a circular motion when you get to your bum. Since it is bikini season, paying attention to your bum is critical. Next up, I move over to the stomach, still brushing upwards in circular motions. You may want to skip the breasts and décolletage area and go right to the arms, but if you don't take extra care to be light and gentle as the skin here is delicate. Moving onto the arms, I tend to skip my hands and do each arm in two strokes from my wrists to shoulders. Once I'm done, I just hop in the shower, no exfoliation needed, making sure to moisturize thoroughly before patting (not rubbing) the skin dry.
Until you make sure your body is used to it, most recommend not to dry brush more than two times per week, but once your body acclimates you can up it to every other day. After a few months of dry brushing, not only does my skin seem rosier, it actually feels more supple. I might be addicted—I don't even exfoliate in the shower anymore. You might just like it enough to toss out your loofah, too.