Dry brushing is one of those practices that not everyone includes in their daily routine — many people may not even know it exists — but there are plenty of skincare companies, publications, and beauty blogs that make convincing arguments about why you should.
The best dry brushes are a necessity if you're going to make body brushing a step in your skincare process, and we've done the research to find ones that will rid your skin of cells that no longer need to be there, leaving you soft, smooth, and ready for hydration.
If you think about it, the process makes sense. Over time, our bodies produce tons of dry skin cells that pile up (that's what causes that sort of ashy buildup that we associate with dehydrated skin, especially in the winter time). Using a soft dry brush to remove those cells will leave skin smooth and primed for in-shower exfoliation and whatever type of moisturizing you do. A quick Google search will reveal arguments that claim dry brushing benefits include skin and cell stimulation, removal of dead skin cells and toxins, and better blood circulation. This Bustle author even found that two weeks of dry brushing noticeably reduced the appearance of scars. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is no cold, hard evidence that proves dry brushing is an absolute necessity or toxin-buster. But hey, giving your body a mini-massage on the reg? Sounds pretty darn good to us.
Below, we've narrowed it down to six brushes of varying styles and shapes that help you to cleanse, stimulate, and soften your skin before you hydrate.