Though the name dry brushing, aka scrubbing your dry skin with a bristled body brush, doesn’t exactly sound appealing, it can produce some appealing results. The popular spa technique, loved by perpetually glowy stars like Molly Sims and Miranda Kerr, is an effective way to exfoliate flaky skin, improve circulation, and even fight cellulite—no gym membership needed. Eager to try the method ourselves, we turned to celebrity facialist and skin care guru Joanna Vargas for all the details. Here, she breaks down everything you need to know.
“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.”
What You Need
“You can get a coarse bristled dry brush at any drugstore. I like the Bernard Jensen Dry Brush ($13; amazon.com). After exfoliating, it’s important to lock moisture back into the skin right away–within two minutes of toweling off. For the body, opt for one with a nice, rich formula like Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Body Lotion ($6; drugstore.com). I especially love that it’s infused with Dead Sea minerals, which work wonders on skin making it smooth and luminous.”
“Start at the tops of the feet and brush upwards towards the heart. 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. Try it before you get into the shower in the morning and you will see a difference in your skin quality and cellulite in days.”
How Often Should You Dry Brush?
“You can start dry brushing the body before you get into the shower for two minutes a day to exfoliate and stimulate collagen. Two weeks straight of dry brushing will give you firm, smooth skin.”
What to Keep in Mind
“Anyone with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis needs to be very cautious in the affected areas so as not to cause more sensitivity. Either skip those areas or if they cover larger areas of the body then perhaps skip this altogether.”