Anyone else feel a little bit overwhelmed by the amount of “holistic” beauty tasks we’re supposed to partake in these days? Gone are the days when a haircut and mani-pedi made you feel somewhat pulled together; now you’re expected to start every day with oil pulling and apple cider vinegar shots. Personally, I have a hard time signing up for some of these trendy fixes, even though they don’t hurt and may even make a difference in my health. But, one at-home treatment that’s worth it? Dry brushing.

Dry brushing is simply the action of brushing the skin with a bristled brush when it’s dry, rather than when it’s wet in the shower or bath. Fans claim that dry brushing can stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, even helping with the appearance of cellulite—but this is one pampering activity that’s worth it simply for the exfoliation factor. Simply brush in broad strokes toward your heart for best results, and start with gentle pressure if your skin is especially sensitive. It’s a relaxing and invigorating pastime for a Sunday evening before a bath or a shower—what better way to counteract the Monday blues?

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Baudelaire Cedar Complexion Brush

This is your classic full-body dry brush, complete with boar bristles and and a renewable cedar handle, from a reputable European company.

Polishing Body Brush from Aromatherapy Associates

A little bit more compact that your traditional long-handled brush, this beautiful cactus sisal brush attaches to your hand with a chic hand strap for easy brushing.

Cedar Face Brush

Dry brushing…for your face? For real. The key is to use a more gentle brush and a soft hand the first few times you use it—your skin will acclimate after the first couple of sessions and it will have a serious glow.

Far-Reaching Body Brush

Having trouble reaching all of your skin’s nooks and crannies? Try out this long-bristled brush that makes it easy to scrub your back, thighs, and anywhere else that needs a sloughing.

Dual Function Back Brush and Massager

A dry brush and back massager in one, this handy scrubber has wooden nubs to soothe sore muscles while you brush.

Bikini Dry Brush

A dry brush for your bikini line may sound superfluous, but if you’ve ever experienced the irritation and bumps that can arise from hair removal in this area, you’ll know that this handy slougher is a totally necessary item.

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