While often overlooked in the U.S., dry brushing is a very popular exfoliation technique overseas in England. After all, who can forget Bridget Jones famously dry brushing her bottom pre-date? The sloughing method is a super-simple way to get rid of dull, dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin on your body leaving smooth, gleaming skin you can show off in your summer sundresses. Dry brushing has a multitude of benefits from stimulating your lymphatic system — which helps you eliminate toxins — to unclogging pores, which leads to clearer skin. It even helps to reduce cellulite! We like to do it post workout for a gorgeous, full-body glow. One thing to note: The stiffer the bristles on the brush, the more you’ll stimulate your lymphatic system. Be sure to use a natural, nonsynthetic bristle brush with a long handle, so you can reach all areas. Here is a step by step guide to dry brushing your body:
- Strip down and stand in a bathtub.
- Start by brushing at your feet and hands using long sweeping motions that move towards your heart. Brush several times in each area, overlapping as you go.
- Take care as you brush over more sensitive areas. Your skin will become less sensitive the more you dry brush.
- Once you've brushed your entire body, jump in the shower and rinse off as you normally would.
- After getting out of the shower, pat your dry skin and apply a body moisturizer, like DCL C Scape High Potency Body Lotion. Its luxurious texture will leave you positively glowing thanks to a Vitamin C complex that brightens and deeply nourishes skin, while exfoliating and softening it with Lactic Acid.
- Remember to clean your brush with soap and water at least once a week.