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The Benefits of Dry Brushing

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Thanks to social media and the endless information given to us about wellness hacks, you may already be familiar with the term dry brushing. Or maybe you've seen an influencer run a wooden, long brush across their skin on your TikTok For You Page. But do you know exactly what the tool is used for? Here's everything you need to know about the latest beauty trend.

Dry brushing isn't just used by those social media stars - in fact, many supermodels like Miranda Kerr are big fans of the technique as it can give a lot of glowy, healthy skin. The upwards gentle strokes activate the lymphatic system that is located right under the skin, promoting blood circulation and detoxification. But that's not all: it is also working on the exterior areas by brightening the skin and helping your moisturizer be better absorbed! Yet another benefit of the simple routine is exfoliating the dry skin that builds up over time. Being consistent with it, it will promote cell turnover and reveal new healthy cells and smooth skin. And who doesn't want that?

The correct way to dry brush is always before the shower because, after all, you will be removing the grim from the day off, and you'll want to rinse all that dirt away. This is also a good time to do the technique as your skin should be dry, hence the name of the tool. Starting at the bottom of the feet, go in short strokes up towards your heart all the way up your body. When it comes time do to the arms, lift them up and stroke downwards, making sure to always bring the circulation towards the center of your chest. And remember not to scrub so hard, there should only be a light pressure applied.

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According to Gary Dickman, former lead esthetician at Ole Henriksen Spa in Los Angeles, to get the best results, only do this routine 1 to 2 times a week and always moisturize after the shower. If you are headed out, make sure to apply sunscreen and protect yourself from the hard UVs. Eventually, over time, your skin will look more plump and smooth.