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How to Use a Dry Brush for Skin

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Updated May 22, 2014

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What is a Dry Brush Exfoliation?

A dry brush exfoliation involves the use of a soft, dry brush to gently brush the skin. It is recommended by holistic practitioners to remove dead skin cells, improve the circulation of blood and lymph, and enhance detoxification through skin. The gentle pressure is also thought to have a calming effect.

How is Dry Brush Exfoliation Done?

The only tool needed is a soft, dry, skin brush, preferably with natural bristles.

Step 1

Stand in the shower with the water off.

Step 2

Starting at your feet, start brushing in small circles towards your heart. Apply very light pressure, avoiding broken skin, skin rashes, or areas where the skin is thin, such as the face or inner thighs.

Step 3

After you've finished both legs, move on to your arms. Brush from your fingertips, again towards your heart.

Step 4

Reach around and brush from your back towards your stomach.

Step 5

When you are finished, begin showering.

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