Benefits include the following:
The dead cells can also clog pores which can cause blackheads, large pores and acne. By sloughing off dead skin you reveal the healthy, smoother more radiant looking skin underneath. Kiss rough patches and blotchiness goodbye! Not only will your skin itself feel softer but you'll also be able to get a closer, longer lasting shave.
Raise your hand if your against stubble!
Younger looking skin
Maintaining a schedule of regular exfoliation once or twice a week will also encourage the body to produce new skin cells faster. This can result in firmer skin with less wrinkles, and less discoloration. This creates a more youthful appearance.
To top it off, why waste money applying your skincare products to layers of dead skin? Not only is it a waste of money, but you'll never see the benefits. Whatever anti-aging products you are using, they will work more efficiently when they are able to actually get through the dirt and dead skin to sink in and get to work.
Tanning for the summer? Or fake tanning for the winter? I'm not judging.
Whatever your preference, natural sunlight, spray tanning, lotions or tanning beds, exfoliating first will give your tan longer lasting evenness. Just think about it- if the dead cells receive the tan then get sloughed off you'll be left with blotches. Remove the dead cells before and the cells receiving the tan will be the ones that stay on longer. You'll also have a nice glow because the skin cells that show on top are the new ones.
In addition to external benefits proper exfoliation using dry brushing can also benefit the body internally by improving circulation, purifying the lymphatic system, and even helping kidney and digestive functions.* Brush in long sweeping motions starting from the furthest extremities, feet, and moving towards the heart then do the arms to get that blood pumping.**
If you don't live in a dry arid climate or have sensitive or older skin try using a dry brush on dry skin. It will remove more dead skin cells than a wet brush on wet skin. It can be a bit too harsh for sensitive areas like the chest and face or on sensitive skin though.
If you are sensitive or have older skin you can use a wet brush on wet skin because it is more gentle. You can also try a smoothing scrub if you find that brushing is still to abrasive for you. The smoother and water combo creates slippage can be a more gentle than a scrub brush.
Keep separate scrubs for the body and feet because the scrubbies in foot scrubs are meant for rougher, tougher skin and can sometimes be more abrasive than body scrubs. Same goes for the face. While I like Foot Works Beautiful Ginger and White Tea Smoothing Scrub for feet, try scrubs like Planet Spas Perfectly Purifying With Dead Sea Minerals Body Scrub or Perfectly Purifying With Dead Sea Minerals Face Scrub.
At the very least the effort you put into all that scrubbing and brushing will get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you or share any additional tips you might have below.