Facial dry brushing can replace those harsh exfoliation habits you’ve been meaning to kick. It’s gentler than a Clarisonic and way better for the environment than all those exfoliating scrubs with little plastic beads. Plus, when used regularly, it can really make your skin glow .
And it doesn’t need to add another 10 minutes to your already lengthy nighttime beauty routine. Aestheticians recommend dry brushing only one or two times per week, for one or two minutes max.
Facial Dry Brushing How-To
Step 1: Wash your face.
You want to make sure that you’re starting with totally clean skin, that way you’re not opening up all your pores only to clog them with makeup or other irritants.
Step 2: Start at the chin and work your way up.
Like with body dry brushing, you should always brush with gentle upward motions, away from the direction of your heart (to encourage circulation). Brush from your chin to your hairline on one side of the face, and then move to the other side. Light, gentle strokes will do the trick. This should not hurt.
Step 3: Give your neck and decolletage some love.
As any facialist will tell you, your neck is part of your face too. Repeat your gentle brush strokes up from your chest, across your neck to the bottom of your chin.
Step 4: Finish with a nutrient-rich oil or serum.
If you have time, you could apply a mask after dry brushing. If not, go straight to the moisturizing step. I recommend an oil, because it will penetrate deep into those newly opened pores and lock in all the moisture and nutrients. Top it with a serum for an added dose of hydration.
Step 5: Wash your brush
Gently scrub your dry brush with warm water and a nontoxic soap at least once a week. Set it out to dry so that it doesn’t collect any mildew or bacteria.
You can also lightly mist your brush with a tea tree solution (1 part tea tree oil, 2 parts water) to keep it clean in between washes.