How to Dry Body Brush for Radiant Skin

The skincare world is taking a DIY turn. We seem to have discovered that radiant skin is attainable on our own, in the comforts of our own homes. Ice-cold jade-rollers are taking the place of de-puffing facials. Instead of popping out for a glow-boosting smoothie, we’re drinking glasses of water. Although the science behind skincare products is ever-evolving, it appears our approach to achieving a glowing base has simplified. A Spa Day At Home is the new trend, and after being practiced in cultures for many centuries, people are beginning to wonder what body brushing is.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to add this brushing technique into your routine. Keep reading to learn how to dry body brush.

woman dry body brushing back

What is body brushing?

Our skin’s cells are in a constant process of renewing themselves. Ideally, the process will go as follows:

  1. After about 27 days of being at the top of our skin, our dead skin cells will shed.
  2. Youthful, glowy cells beneath are revealed.
  3. 27 days later, the youthful cells are now dull and dry. It’s their turn to shed.
  4. A new layer of youthful glowy cells are revealed.

And so on.

However, as we get older, this process slows down, resulting in dead skin hanging around a little longer than needs be. If the skin is looking a bit scaly or those elbows start to crack, the old cells aren’t budging naturally. This is why we exfoliate. We want to get rid of those lifeless skin cells to make way for the bright ones underneath. Body brushing is a way of exfoliating the skin plus added benefits.

To learn how to dry body brush, you’ll need a firm brush with strong bristles like Mio’s body brush. This brush is used to gently buff the top layer of the skin. It takes a matter of minutes and can be done at any time of the day.

What are the benefits of dry brushing?

Apart from giving those dead skin cells a nudge to move, the benefits of dry brushing continue.

Whilst removing build-up, body brushing also unclogs the pores so the skin is left feeling softer and smoother. Plus, with less build-up, moisturisers and other products will absorb better. For example, if you follow up with Mio’s Smooth Move Cellulite Firming Cream, the ingredients like niacinamide and caffeine will have direct access to the skin to carry out their jobs of firming and perking!

Another benefit of dry brushing to note is that if done correctly, it can multi-function as a massage. Mio’s body brush includes rubber massage noodles to help boost circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system to detoxify the body.

benefits of dry body brushing

How often should I dry body brush?

If you’re concerned about how often you should dry body brush, you’ll be happy to know that it is less intense on the skin than exfoliating in a hot shower. As we may know, hot water can dehydrate the skin by stripping away oils. As this exfoliation method is done on dry skin, it doesn’t require any showering and can be done as often as you like. However, most find that 2-3 times a week is plenty to start seeing the benefits of dry brushing, like smoothed out dry patches and a silky skin texture.

Step by step guide of how to dry body brush

Now that you know the benefits and what body brushing is, let’s have a look at exactly how to dry body brush.

As previously mentioned, you don’t need to pair this step with showering. It can be done at whatever time of day you chose. You can dry brush wet skin, but it will be a lighter exfoliation. In other words, it won’t remove any remaining false tan on your ankles. Another thing to remember is to avoid dry brushing any sore or irritated areas. If your skin is simply dry and dull, let’s get started!

  1.  Start with your feet, brushing upwards with short strokes. Be firm with the brush but don’t press too hard- you don’t want any scratches!
  2. Work your way up the legs towards the knees, directing the strokes towards the heart.
  3. Don’t forget behind the knees where the lymph nodes are! Travel to the hips and over the bum, then start with the hands towards shoulders.
  4. On the stomach and armpits, use circular motions rather than short strokes. Also, you may want to lessen pressure here, make sure it feels comfy!
  5. Once you’ve covered everything, apply a layer of Mio’s Golden Hour Illuminating Body Moisturiser to soften and hydrate.

If you find that your skin is particularly dry, you can double up with a gentle exfoliating scrub in the shower after you’ve dry brushed.

Sweeping your skin clear of dullness is too simple of a beauty hack to miss out on. Once you know how to exfoliate sans-shower, you’re on the right path to seeing the benefits of dry brushing yourself and revealing new, glowy skin.

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.