Have you heard about dry brushing? It’s pretty much what you would expect from the name – brushing your skin with a dry brush (not in the shower). Enthusiasts swear by it as a way to exfoliate and detox. Others say it reduces cellulite, however there is no scientific proof to back it up.
It’s easy to see how it can exfoliate – gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin on your body. Exfoliation is a big part of the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare process, and it’s something that Christie Brinkley herself has performed daily since she was a teen! (For a great facial exfoliator, we recommend the Christie Brinkley Skincare Complete Clarity Exfoliating Scrub).
Exfoliation may improve the appearance of skin, and may allow it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterwards.
For detoxifying, dry brushing may be similar to a massage. It can boost your circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs.
How to dry brush
First things first, you need to have a proper brush. Look for a brush with firm bristles, typically cactus or vegetable derived. Try and get one with a long handle so that you can reach your back. Many stores carry these types of brushes, including many health food stores.
Most pros recommend dry brushing daily in the morning before you shower, since it energizes and stimulates the body. You want to always brush towards the heart, as that is the natural flow of blood in your body. Using long upward strokes, start brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs. Then move up your middle (front and back), and across your chest, finishing by brushing your arms towards your pits.
Your skin should not hurt, however it may be a bit pink afterwards (if you hurt, you pressed too hard). Avoid sensitive areas such as open cuts, psoriasis, or eczema.
You don’t want to dry brush your face, so make sure you exfoliate there separately! For a great face exfoliator, we recommend the Christie Brinkley Skincare Face Exfoliator – Complete Clarity Exfoliating Scrub.