Dry brushing is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition that is said to improve skin texture, promote blood circulation, provide lymphatic support and even just provide a moment of relaxation. It's a favorite with beauty and wellness professionals alike.
And one of the main benefits of dry brushing is exfoliation. Dry brushes are a physical peeling, meaning the tool manually removes excess dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Dry brushes – depending on the type chosen; Here are our favorites – from soft fibers to more intense metal bristles. We usually recommend finding a softer option like Bathing Culture's full body brush so you don't exfoliate your skin excessively. Tell me: Abrasive peels do more harm than good.
And here's my argument as to why dry brushes are some of the best exfoliators for your feet: They're strong enough for the area's more durable skin without being too aggressive, which can actually result in thicker skin. "Your skin will go into defense mode and will think that it needs to grow back in this area, usually thicker," said nail care expert and co-founder of the clean salon, Nadine Abramcyk, once about foot care.
Now it is surely an art to properly dry your brushing (we explain it here, don't worry), and the very first place you start is your feet. However, this is where I often see people make a common mistake. Instead of brushing the feet dry themselves, start just at the ankles. Scroll through TikTok, Instagram, and other social media platforms and you will keep seeing this over and over again. Keeping in mind that you are already exfoliating your body, you can take care of your feet too, right?
Oh, and one last note, your nails need a little peeling too. (This is why manicurists buff your nails in the salon!) Don't forget to brush them as you go about your routine. Just make sure that you are extra light and gentle with them as you don't want to scratch or damage the area.