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What Is Dry Brushing, And Why Are Celebrities Obsessed With It?

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, Goop, did a piece on it. Tracie Ellis Ross, Miranda Kerr, and Molly Sims have often been quoted talking about their obsession with this ritual, but… what exactly is dry brushing? And why are beauty experts obsessed with this all-natural exfoliating routine?

Well, we’re here to answer all your questions and maybe, soon enough, you’ll be hooked too.

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To begin with, dry brushing looks like a technique that would have been prevalent in traditional spas, the world over. Dry brushing involves a long, wooden brush. These brushes are cropping up all around pharmacies and beauty websites, internationally. One look at the brush, and it’ll look super familiar.

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The technique of dry brushing is rooted in major science and history. Whether you use a small brush, easy to hold, or a long one, easy to reach all over your body, dry brushing is basically brushing the skin while it is dry. The brush should be firm, but soft.


Dry brushing helps exfoliate your skin, boosts circulation, reduces cellulite, boosts digestion, and most importantly, keeps your lymphatic system in tact. Your lymphatic system carries blood and eliminates waste made by your cells, so if this is congested, you can get bloated, and experience inflammation and sickness. Dry brushing helps you with various health benefits, while sloughing away dead skin cells.


To do it, you want to use firm, circular motions and start at the bottom, then move upwards (palms to shoulders, feet to chest, and so on). It’s best done in the morning, because it will keep you energised through the day. If you’re doing it completely dry, then do it before you shower. If you’re doing it with a little bit of oil, then do it post shower. If you opt for the dry route, you might want to put on oil or lotion post shower, as this ritual works perfectly for your skin! Some even choose to dry brush post a sauna or steam, to open up the pores. If you do this, finish off with a cold shower to close the pores back up.

It’s important to keep switching up natural oils for their different benefits to your skin, and remember to use a brush that doesn’t scratch your skin too hard.


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