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We brush our hair, we brush our teeth — but what about brushing our bodies? Due to their many potential benefits for skin and overall health, dry brushes/body brush have gained a lot of popularity in the last few years. Even celebrities like Gwyneth PaltrowModel Josephine SkriverFans!
What is Dry Brushing? How do I do it?
Dry brushing can be used as a detox method. It doesn’t mean taking your hair brush and just swiping it all over your body — every which way. It requires specific types of brushes and certain techniques. Dry brushes are usually circular or ovular and have coarse, condensed bristles. Mind Body GreenDry brushing should be done before you go to the shower. Brush your skin in long strokes with medium pressure using bare skin. You’ll also want to start at your feet, moving upward. For your upper body, move from your hands towards your heart!
What are the possible benefits of dry brushing?
Cleveland ClinicHere are the expected benefits of dry bristling. The most popular is detoxifying the skin, as explained by Shilpi Khetarpal, MD: “Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also helps detoxify your skin by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage.”
Dry brushing can also stimulate your nervous system, leaving you feeling refreshed, reducing ingrown hairs, and making your skin feel softer, smoother, and more radiant. Some believe it can help reduce cellulite.
11 Best Drybrushes for Your Body
1. goop G.Tox Ultimate Wet Brush
Gwyneth Patrow approved
This pick from Paltrow’s personal care brand is the first that came to mind. It’s made with sisal fibers from the Mexican agave plant, and the bristles are biodegradable. It would also make an excellent gift. Use feel fancy having it in our bathroom — therefore motivating us to use it more!
- Ergonomic handle so you don’t need to grip the head
- Hang easily on walls with hooks by attaching rope
- According to shoppers, bristles can be very stiff and could prove difficult for beginners.
Available at: goop, Sephora, Credo Beauty
2. Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush
Best with a long handle
Certain spots on your back can be hard to reach with a handheld dry brush, and you especially might not want to strain if you’re dealing with soreness or an injury. This one, made with cactus fiber bristles, has a nice and long handle — and you can even detach it for easy traveling!
- Shoppers agree that it is very efficient.
- Comes with a storage bag
Available at: Dermstore, Nordstrom, Amazon
3. C.S.M. Dry Body Brush
For a relaxing massage
This boar hairbrush is our choice for relaxing. It has soft rubber massage nodes that allow you to relax your muscles while you sweep it up and down your body. They can prevent you from accidentally pressing too hard onto your skin.
- Super affordable
- You can also use wet soap
Available at: Amazon, Walmart
4. Dr. Barbara Sturm – The Body Brush
Dr. Barbara Sturm can be quite expensive, but this bodybrush from the brand is less costly than you might think. Wet or dry, this brush can be used to allegedly boost your skin tissue’s metabolism, potentially resulting in less cellulite and fewer unwanted skin dimples, plus more perks!
- Available in soft and middle for different skin types
- Shoppers say it also helps with keratosis pilaris (KP or “chicken skin”)
- Some customers complain that the hand strap is too large.
Available at: Sephora, Violet Grey, Revolve
5. Buff Experts – Srsly Buffed Dry Brush
This brush may be different from others, and it may be your choice! Buff Experts say that the bristles are made from plants and can be used to smoothen skin, improve absorption of creams and lotions, and prevent ingrown hairs.
- Black-owned brand
- Leaping Bunny certified
- It is not recommended for people with extremely sensitive skin or eczema.
Available at Target and Nordstrom
6. EcoTools Dry Brush
Most affordable, but still high-quality
Finding a dry brush available for just $4, you’d think maybe it wouldn’t be effective. This dry brush is made by a trusted brand with tons of positive reviews. It’s made with cruelty-free, synthetic bristles and has a handcrafted bamboo handle, and it may seriously provide some deep exfoliation. We love this as a little party giveaway idea too — or for your bridesmaids!
- Amazon Prime allows you to save even more money
- Recyclable and biodegradable packaging
Available at: Amazon, Ulta, Target
7. Rosena Dry Body Brush
This dry body brush features natural boar bristles and nylon bristles. One side is harder, the other is softer. For sensitive and delicate skin, use the soft bristles. The stiff bristles can be used to exfoliate rough and dry areas.
- Non-slip grip handle
- It is easy to reach your rear
- There are not as many reviews for other options.
8. Smiley Smith Premium Dry Brush
Ideal for sensitive skin
This boar bristle toothbrush is gentler than others, so it won’t irritate or scratch your skin. It’s normal to look a little pink afterward, but you don’t want to damage your skin in the process. This product is highly recommended for sensitive skin types, according to multiple reviews!
- Teardrop shape allows you to target areas more easily
- Durable ebony handle
- May be too soft if you’re a more experienced body brusher
9. GustoGoods Lymphatic Drainage Pddle and Dry Skin Brush
Our Favorite Set
Are you dedicated to spending more time taking care of yourself? This set is a must-have! This set comes with a drybrush and a specially shaped wooden tool for massage. It almost looks like a gua sha. You could get your skin smooth, stimulated, and without toxins by using both!
- More intensive treatment
- Cellulite may be better broken down
- Both take more time to use
10. HigherDOSE Supercharge Copper Body Brush
If you’re a dedicated body brusher, why not step it up and invest in a super powerful one? This pick is made with ion-charged copper bristles, claiming to even help “neutralize the effects of modern technology” and “restore electromagnetic balance.” A beautiful digital detox tool!
- High-quality materials: Horsehair, copper wire bristles, leather strap
- May reduce acidity in body
Available at: HigherDOSE
11. Sonia Kashuk Facial Dry Brush
For the Face
You don’t have to stop dry brushing when you get up to the neck. You can switch to a facial brush! This brush will be smaller than a traditional dry body brush, but will still offer similar benefits: exfoliating dry skin, eliminating puffiness and leaving your skin glowing. The pink handle is cute!
- Rated 4.9/5 in quality, ease of use, and value
- Be careful with broken/crackled skin
Available at Target
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