In addition to a soft, natural-bristle brush — you'll find options made with boar bristles, goat hair, sisal, and more — all you really need is a little self-control. "When you give people brushes of all sorts, they think it's a scrub brush — like you're cleaning pots and pans," Grossman says. "But this is your skin, and you need to be gentle.
To put it simply, "Dry brushing is using a coarse brush against the skin," explains Connecticut-based, board-certified dermatologist Deanne Mraz Robinson, who says the practice stimulates blood flow — and other than some light exfoliation, that's pretty much it.
However, you may want to skip any other means of exfoliation, like a body scrub or anti-acne wash, as Grossman warns it may leave your skin stinging. "You're removing that surface layer, which temporarily makes your skin more sensitive," she says.
Mraz actually wouldn't recommend dry brushing to anyone, for that matter. "It really does nothing besides bringing temporary blood flow and swelling to the skin," she says, calling it a waste of money. "If it is part of a spa process, it can help exfoliate dead skin cells, but otherwise I'd say skip it.
Dry brushing, as it's typically called (some aptly call it body brushing), is a favorite treatment of wellness-worshipping celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow — Goop has sold its own dry brush for years — thanks to its ability to physically exfoliate skin into a smoother state.
She recommends rubbing in a light, circular motion before hopping into the shower, taking it easy on your chest and avoiding your face completely. "You can use your Clarisonic for that, which isn't as aggressive," says Grossman. "You can be a little tougher on your knees, elbows, ankles, and the tops of your feet, where the skin is thicker.
This includes those with eczema or psoriasis, Mraz says. "People who have conditions such as psoriasis which can koebnerize, which means injury can cause the skin condition to worsen," she explains.
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