Your Complete Guide to Dry Brushing, Plus the Best Tools for the Job

Dry brushing works best right before a shower or bath; that way, you can rinse off all of the flakiness that has accumulated on the surface of your skin. Starting with dry skin, work your brush in the following way:

Step one: Beginning at your ankles, place the brush on your skin and, using short gentle strokes, move it in circular motions while working your way up the body towards your heart.

Step two: Use light pressure in areas where your skin is thin and harder pressure on thicker areas, like the soles of your feet, knees, and elbows.

Step three: Continue brushing your way up the body, stopping just below your neck. Take a shower or bath to help remove the dry skin.

Step four: Afterwards, dry off and moisturize the skin with your favorite body lotion or oil.

Pro tip: When you start dry brushing, begin with the gentlest amount of pressure your skin can handle. “Harsh exfoliation is not the goal,” explains McLeod. “Experiment and find out what feels good for you.” As for the length of time you need to spend on a dry brushing session? McLeod recommends two to five minutes per session for glowing skin.