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What Is Dry Brushing, And Why Are Celebrities Obsessed With It?

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, Goop, did a piece on it. Tracie Ellis Ross, Miranda Kerr, and Molly Sims have often been quoted talking about their obsession with this ritual, but… what exactly is dry brushing? And why are beauty experts obsessed with this all-natural exfoliating routine?

Well, we’re here to answer all your questions and maybe, soon enough, you’ll be hooked too.

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To begin with, dry brushing looks like a technique that would have been prevalent in traditional spas, the world over. Dry brushing involves a long, wooden brush. These brushes are cropping up all around pharmacies and beauty websites, internationally. One look at the brush, and it’ll look super familiar.

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The technique of dry brushing is rooted in major science and history. Whether you use a small brush, easy to hold, or a long one, easy to reach all over your body, dry brushing is basically brushing the skin while it is dry. The brush should be firm, but soft.


Dry brushing helps exfoliate your skin, boosts circulation, reduces cellulite, boosts digestion, and most importantly, keeps your lymphatic system in tact. Your lymphatic system carries blood and eliminates waste made by your cells, so if this is congested, you can get bloated, and experience inflammation and sickness. Dry brushing helps you with various health benefits, while sloughing away dead skin cells.

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As I prepare for my Figure competition, I have been using my dry brush quite a lot to make my skin look the absolute best ✨This is a simple $5-10 beauty tool that can ✨decrease the appearance of cellulite ✨redistribute fat deposits ✨and stimulate detox & drainage of the hardworking lymphatic system. @diyhealthandwellness has been dry brushing for over 1 year, and I have noticed all of the above benefits! I love to dry brush especially before using the sauna – you get a much better sweat 💦! Want to know how to do this? 1️⃣Simply purchase a natural bristled dry brush from @wholefoods or Amazon (y'all know I'm addicted to the Prime). 2️⃣Get naked. 😉 3️⃣Begin brushing your skin in the direction toward your heart ❤️- this ensures that you are moving the lymph system in the correct direction. 4️⃣Brush your whole body, repeating several strokes over every area. Personally I spend extra time brushing the areas where I hold fat – the triceps, inner thighs and butt. 5️⃣You will notice softer, glowing skin, and less cellulite 😊Try it out! 😘#drybrushing #naturalbeautyproducts

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To do it, you want to use firm, circular motions and start at the bottom, then move upwards (palms to shoulders, feet to chest, and so on). It’s best done in the morning, because it will keep you energised through the day. If you’re doing it completely dry, then do it before you shower. If you’re doing it with a little bit of oil, then do it post shower. If you opt for the dry route, you might want to put on oil or lotion post shower, as this ritual works perfectly for your skin! Some even choose to dry brush post a sauna or steam, to open up the pores. If you do this, finish off with a cold shower to close the pores back up.

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Have you tried dry brushing? I’ve been partaking in this ritual for about a month now and don’t think I’ll ever go back! 💋 Before showering, use a soft, natural bristle brush and sweep short, smooth strokes working from toes up, fingers up, and in clockwise, circular motions on the stomach and chest. Always towards your heart. 💜 Follow up with your favorite oil after showering. { follow link in bio for my favorite oils and lotions } 💋 Dry brushing helps exfoliate skin, reduce cellulite, and cleanse the lymphatic system. Do you dry brush? Tell me below 👇🏻 ———————————————————————— #NaturallyGlamorous #DryBrushing #GreenBeauty #ParabenFree #Organic #NonToxic #Skincare #NaturalBeauty #NaturalBeautyProducts #FavoriteProducts #Oils #Crystals #Lavender #AngelFaceBotanicals #SelfCare #NighttimeRitual #NighttimeRoutine #Amethyst #RoseQuartz

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It’s important to keep switching up natural oils for their different benefits to your skin, and remember to use a brush that doesn’t scratch your skin too hard.


Our beauty writer is also an amazing makeup artist (check out some of her awesome videos on the site!). This skincare enthusiast is also a bonafide globetrotter and boss babe.

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