Are You Brushing This? (No, We’re Not Talking About Your Hair)

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There’s always a new serum threatening to sell out, a new facial revolutionizing the beauty industry, a new skincare step that absolutely has to be incorporated – and we fall for it every time. Yet, we ignore the body’s largest organ: the skin. Turns out that a little TLC in the form of dry brushing could unlock numerous health and beauty benefits at next to no cost – no pricey spa treatments needed here!  

So what exactly is dry brushing? In simple terms, it’s the act of using a bristle brush to gently exfoliate the skin on your legs, arms, chest, and back in a circular, sweeping motion before showering as a means of increasing blood flow and removing dead skin. But be sure to start with your feet and work your way up towards the heart. Spend a few minutes on each area, gently rinse off your skin, apply some moisturizer post-shower et voilà – you’re on your way to healthier skin. Sure, this will add a couple of minutes to your pre-shower routine, but the benefits are gold, so there’s no reason to put dry brushing off any longer. Here, we delve into its benefits and help you shop our pick of the three best body brushes out there.

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Cellulite Be Gone

Dry brushing won’t necessarily get rid of fat, but it can reduce cellulite and help with the even distribution of fat deposits. Breaking down nasty toxins that have built up in your body through the circular motion, this process can give your limbs a more toned appearance. All that without hitting the gym? Win-win.

Oh, That Glow

We love the look of youthful and radiant skin, but when it can’t absorb the proper moisture and nutrients we provide it, the result is rather dull – especially as we age. By removing dead skin cells through exfoliation, skin is able to absorb more nutrients, thereby creating a glow. And considering no chemical-filled scrubs are needed, this is a solution that’s both eco- and pocket-friendly.

Pores, Unclogged

By now, you know that dry brushing is a form of exfoliation. But what you might not know is that opening the pores can help in the reduction of those pesky ingrown hairs. Unclogged pores will make for healthy, smooth skin without much effort.

Healthy Body, Healthy Skin

The lymphatic system operates to help the blood filter out bacteria, toxins, and waste, making it a crucial part of the immune system. Dry brushing can give your lymph nodes a nice boost. Stimulating the nerve endings promotes blood flow, which in turn drives oxygen and nutrients to the cells, thereby increasing collagen production. Not only does this process help prevent cellulite, but also varicose veins and any discoloration of the skin.

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