Here’s Why Dry Skin Brushing Needs to Be Part of Your Routine


Dry Brushing: Is it the Best Way to Rejuvenate Your Skin?

If you’re ready to scrub off any lingering winter dryness and get ready for summer time, it’s time to learn about the benefits of dry skin brushing.

Dry winter air, mixed with the fact that most of your skin has been in hiding beneath layers of wool and flannel all winter, leads to less-than-glowing results. Cold, dry air is cruel and unforgiving and leads to itchy, chapped skin that looks as bad as it feels.  According to Amy Kassouf, M.D., a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, during winter “the oil-producing glands that lubricate skin shrink and don’t work as efficiently” — which would explain the dryness that’s been bothering us since Christmas.

What Is Dry Skin Brushing?

Dry skin brushing is exactly what it sounds like. You literally brush your skin while it is dry (aka not in the shower), using a brush that looks like a hairbrush but is made with specialized bristles that remove dead skin from the surface.

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you need to adjust your skincare routine throughout the year to achieve maximum skin health, especially when it comes to dry winter weather. “Without a change in your skin care, dry air can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed.”

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