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After a long winter, chances are one of the first things you want to do is show off your beautiful legs in some cute springy dresses. But after being cooped up in the dry air under heavy clothes for months, the skin below your jawline might be looking a little more dull and dry than you’d like. But just as you take care of your complexion, you should show the rest of your skin some love—and that holds true year-round. Dry brushing is one way to do so. We’re sharing the scoop on this exfoliating technique, so keep reading to learn what it is and how to do it!
This exfoliating method entails rubbing a dry body brush (or a loofah if you have sensitive skin) across your skin to gently slough off dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Dry brushing is often part of spa treatments, so you may have even experienced it without even knowing! And it turns out it’s used at the spa for good reason.
Dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of your skin can leave it looking dull—which is where exfoliation comes in. Dry brushing is a form of mechanical exfoliation, meaning it involves physically scrubbing your skin’s surface. Using a scrub is another way to mechanically exfoliate, and it’s one that you’re probably a little more familiar with, as it’s pretty popular. (Looking for a new facial scrub? Try the L’Oréal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub.)
Meanwhile, chemical exfoliation includes products formulated with salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid), or enzymes to chemically break down the surface buildup. Regardless of which type of exfoliation you choose to add to your skin care routine, the goal is the same: to gently slough off the buildup of dead skin cells from the surface. But we happen to think dry brushing is pretty fun, so see if it’s right for you!
You can help loosen and slough away dead skin cells on the surface of your skin by creating friction using tools such as brushes and sponges. One thing to keep in mind, though: These tools might not be the best option if you have sensitive skin. So, take it easy and test a patch of skin first to see how it responds before dry brushing your entire body. Once you have found an exfoliating tool that works for you, start at your feet and work your way up to your chest. Move the brush around in circular motions, making sure to be gentle. You may want to pay special attention to areas that can be especially dry—like your elbows, feet, and knees.
The work doesn’t stop here. Once you’re done dry brushing, hop in the shower to rinse off all those newly loosened dead skin cells. Then, apply a body lotion to damp skin to help lock in hydration. Now it’s time to show off your gorgeous skin in your summer wardrobe!
When it comes to exfoliating, there’s no right or wrong answer as to how often it should be done. Some people can tolerate daily exfoliation, while others may only need to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds after dry brushing to determine what works best for you.
And there you have it! As you now know, dry brushing is a spa-inspired exfoliating technique that can help loosen dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. Now that you know all about the benefits, consider adding dry brushing to your skin care regimen. Exfoliation, FTW!