The idea of brushing your skin with hard bristles may not sound too enticing, but this practice, known as dry brushing, is used in many spas and is said to boast numerous benefits. From boosting the body's circulation to improving the overall condition of the skin, dry brushing is a much-loved practice by many skin care experts and spa professionals.
A long-handled brush with vegetable- or cactus-derived bristles is used during a dry brushing treatment. Light strokes are used in long, upward motions pointing toward the heart. It is common to start the treatment at the ankles and work your way up and always in the direction of your heart. The treatment is performed on dry skin -- no moisturizer should be applied before beginning. Dry brushing is a stimulating treatment because it increases the flow of blood. Due to this, it is often recommended to dry brush in the morning before taking a shower.