Dry brushing: sounds like a passing fad, right?
Well, no, it’s actually a beauty ritual that’s been used for centuries and it’s one of the ways celebs like Miranda Kerr and Elle Macpherson get their enviable glow and smoother, cellulite-free skin. Hey, if it’s good enough for the supermodels of the world, it’s good enough for us.
Sounds a bit…uncomfortable. What exactly is dry brushing?
It’s pretty straightforward, really. You use a body brush, which tends to be wooden, with firm natural bristles. Using circular motions, you massage your body upwards towards your heart, starting at the feet – and as the name suggests, you do it while your skin is dry (do it before hopping in the shower as a quick pre-wash ritual that almost makes you feel as though you’ve been transported to an Istanbul hamam). Use a medium to firm pressure to get the best results. Too soft, and it won’t do anything – too hard, and your skin could get super irritated (the opposite to ‘glowing’, in other words).
Ok, now I get it. But what does dry brushing do?
This simple method is bursting with benefits. Firstly, it’s a great exfoliator, and gets rid of any dead skin cells for smoother, glowing skin. It boosts circulation, helps with lymphatic drainage (removing toxins in the process), stimulates collagen production, and some even say it reduces the appearance of cellulite. All that for a few extra minutes added to your morning or evening routine? We say hell, yeah.
Whew, sign me up. Where can I get one?
Pour Les Rebelles recommends: ESKER BEAUTY Dry Brush . Because well they know they're stuff when it comes to dry brushing. This brush is made of grass tree wood, all natural bristles, and finely wound hemp twine at the handle. The long handle and slightly curved shape make getting to those hard-to-reach places a breeze, so no body part goes without.
Article image credit @katherinelond