Posted: Jun 17, 2013 11:00 AM
Dry brushing is said to help with everything from cellulite to energy. All we know is that it's a great way to exfoliate and get beach ready. Learn how to dry brush your skin.

When it comes to out-there beauty solutions, dry brushing is one of the most affordable. Whether you believe that it removes cellulite or not, there's no denying it's a great way to invigorate your morning and slough off dead skin cells. Find out how to get started.

What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing is a fairly simple beauty routine that consists of briskly brushing the skin with a natural fiber brush. The resulting sensation is somewhere between a light sting and a nice massage. Dry brushing is generally done before a bath or shower, which is what we recommend. After brushing, you'll want to rinse away the dead flakes of skin and use a moisturizing body wash. Dry brushing can be performed at a spa or salon, but it's easy to do at home.

What does dry brushing do?

Fans of dry brushing report that it eliminates toxins, reduces cellulite and even helps the body's systems perform better. With little scientific evidence to support those claims, stick with the obvious result: It exfoliates your skin and it feels great. And hey, if something simple is even vaguely likely to reduce cellulite, why not give it a try? Because it's such a brisk sensation, dry brushing is a great way to start your morning with a kick of energy.

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How does dry brushing work?

First, you need to purchase a natural bristle dry brush. Look for bristles made of natural palm or natural boar's hair. To better control the pressure, it helps to use a brush with a short handle or hand strap. Dry brushing should be done on dry skin, not in the shower. Traditionally, dry brushing should be performed using strokes toward the core of your body, such as from your ankles up, from your elbows in, and from your knees to your bottom. Avoid sensitive areas such as your throat, face and breasts. (Amazon, $15)

Is there any reason not to dry brush?

If your skin is very sensitive or you have a skin condition such as eczema, dry brushing may not be for you. Pay attention to your skin after dry brushing a few times. If you notice irritation, redness or discomfort, avoid dry brushing and talk to your dermatologist about it. You can always use a gentle wash cloth in the shower to get a similar sensation and effect.

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