best dry brush for lymphatic drainage

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For those who exfoliate the old-fashioned way — with water, soap, and a washcloth — dry brushing sounds lượt thích an oxymoron. But the long and short-term benefits it offers piqued our interest. 

Dry brushing is a khuông of physical exfoliation. The technique, which involves using a brush with firm bristles đồ sộ slough off dead skin in upward, circular motions, is known đồ sộ reduce ingrown hairs and stimulate the lymphatic system, promoting lymphatic drainage. It’s also seriously invigorating.

Rhea Souhleris Grous, facialist and founder of La Suite Skincare at UnionDerm, explains that “dry brushing improves circulation, thereby encouraging the delivery of oxygen and nutrients đồ sộ the skin, keeping it firm, fresh, and youthful.”

Reaping these rewards starts with using the right-sized brush — you’ll need one with firm bristles and an ergonomic design. To narrow down your tool selection, we factored in these considerations, conducted hours of research, and consulted four skincare experts so sánh we could present you with the best dry brushes that’ll have you singing outside the shower.

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush


What We Like: The long handle and firm cactus bristles allow you đồ sộ exfoliate hard-to-reach areas of the body toàn thân.

What We Don’t Like: The detachable brush is not sturdy. 

Any brand, especially a B Corp-certified one, touted by celebrities for its skin-saving serums and moisturizers, draws our eyes — and approval from dermatologists will keep them there. Three of the experts we consulted recommended the Elemis dry brush thanks đồ sộ its cactus bristles, which quickly and efficiently exfoliate the body toàn thân. They’re also fans of its thoughtful design.

The long handle allows you đồ sộ reach all the way down đồ sộ your lower back without needing đồ sộ bend or contort yourself into an awkward pose. However, what sets it apart is the detachable head and canvas strap that gives your hands a snug grip while you work the brush around your body toàn thân.

Although the bristles effortlessly shed dead skin, the head isn’t the sturdiest and can detach if you scrub too hard.

Price at time of publish: $45

Bristle Material: Cactus | Size:  5" x 15" x 16" | Cruelty-Free: No

EcoTools Dry Brush, Gentle Exfoliating Scrubber


What We Like: This highly-rated handheld brush is easy đồ sộ hold, eco-friendly, and durable.

What We Don’t Like: The synthetic bristles may be too intense for sensitive skin.

We’d sacrifice a lot đồ sộ restore the smooth skin we had as pre-teens, but our budget won’t. This drugstore pick, recommended by board certified dermatologist Dr. Marisa Garshick, gives pricier options a lập cập for their money. It sloughs off dead skin and revitalizes your entire body toàn thân with a palm-sized brush that is easy đồ sộ maneuver. 

Simply slip your hand through the eco-friendly bamboo handle and watch the synthetic bristles work magic: It clears clogged pores and buffs out rough skin on the double.

Anyone looking for a serious level of exfoliation will love this brush, but it could be a little rough on sensitive skin. 

Price at time of publish: $6

Bristle Material: Synthetic | Size: 4" x 1.75" x 5.38" | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Gilded Body Marble Body Brush

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What We Like: This sustainably designed brush is a long-lasting tool that looks beautiful and provides the right amount of pressure without feeling too harsh.

What We Don’t Like: The brush may shed.

Like the centuries-surviving sculptures you observe in a museum, this alluring body toàn thân brush uses sturdy Carrara marble sourced in Italy — presenting you with a product that will last for years. 

Any of the six lovely colors (we’re fond of the balletcore pink) would look great in a bathroom shelfie, but it's the way it makes our skin feel — luxurious and radiant — after using it that we really love. 

Grous loves how the brush fits comfortably in your hand, while the brush’s heavy base and firm sisal bristles provide the right amount of pressure đồ sộ renew a dull dermis. It also comes with a thick, solid strap đồ sộ keep your grip firmly in place as you brush.

Although we adore the design, the bristles will inevitably shed, which is why Gilded offers an annual complimentary brush refresh đồ sộ replace any lost along the way. 

Price at time of publish: $129

Bristle Material: Sisal | Size: 4.72" x 0.98" x 2.76" | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Dry Body Bush

Tata Harper Skincare

What We Like: The wooden knob and smooth material make this palm-sized brush easy đồ sộ grasp. 

What We Don’t Like: It doesn’t provide intense exfoliation. 

Tata Harper is practically synonymous with glowing complexions (one of the reasons why our editors adore their products), so sánh it’s unsurprising that Dr. Garshick recommends using their body toàn thân brush when you want impossibly smooth skin.

We loved this tool from the very start. Its silky vegan bristles offered the right level of pressure đồ sộ achieve soft skin. Instead of a super intense scrub, the brush feels gentle against the skin as it wakes up the body toàn thân and improves blood circulation. 

The design features a door knob-style handle đồ sộ ensure it won’t slip out of your grasp as you use it. Equally important is the brush’s size, which is large enough đồ sộ cover large surface areas, lượt thích your thighs and stomach, but isn’t so sánh big that you’ll have trouble reaching behind your knees or inside elbows.

Price at time of publish: $20

Bristle Material: Vegan fibers | Size: Not listed | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Energizing Dry Body Brush

Keys Soulcare 

What We Like: The Fair Trade Certified (FTC) brand makes its well-designed brush with sustainable practices and vegan bristles đồ sộ deliver a revitalizing experience with each use.

What We Don’t Like: The bristles may be too soft for an intense exfoliation. 

This dry brush from Keys, as in Alicia Keys, is a dermatologist-tested product that we use as a mini relaxation moment on a busy day. We wouldn’t reach for it when we need the intensity of a pre-self-tan scrub, but the soft vegan bristles are ideal for waking up the senses in the morning or as a meditative ritual đồ sộ wind down after a long day. 

Keys is an FTC brand, meaning it only develops products using clean ingredients and focuses on designing products via sustainable practices.

Of course, the elegant matte Đen base, canvas strap, and silver accessories are a selling point too, and we’re always happy đồ sộ see it on our bathroom shelves.

 Price at time of publish: $22

Bristle Material: Vegan, plant-based materials  | Size: 5.5" x 3" | Cruelty-Free: Yes

goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush


What We Like: Between the angled shape and non-slip wooden handle, this dry brush is the ultimate tool for exfoliating every part of your body toàn thân.

What We Don’t Like: The bristles could be too firm for sensitive skin.

Goop might make headlines for their eyebrow-raising product names, but whether it’s a first-rate exfoliator or moisturizing sunscreen, we think their more conventional products deserve our undivided attention. Namely: The forward-thinking and environmentally-minded design of this FSC-certified dry brush.

The helpful design features, including an easy-grip handle, curved design, and firm sisal bristles, lets you get into those hard-to-miss areas of your body toàn thân (think: between your shoulder blades and the sides of your ankles). There’s even the thoughtful inclusion of a small woven loop đồ sộ hốc your brush after you’ve achieved baby-soft skin.

Although we wish the agave-plant bristles were a little softer for our sensitive skin, the material does deliver impressive results for those that can handle the slightly-rough texture. 

Price at time of publish: $25

Bristle Material: Sisal  | Size: 10.55" x 3.23" x 1.46" | Cruelty-Free: Yes

What We Like: Between the unique bristle design and soothing ingredients of green tea, this brush helps brighten, depuff, and exfoliate skin for an overall brighter complexion.

What We Don’t Like: Perfecting your technique takes a bit of time.

Searching for a dry brush that wouldn’t irritate my sensitive skin wasn’t easy — until I found this one from Tweezerman. It uses green tea-infused bristles, a soothing and anti-inflammatory skincare ingredient, đồ sộ help give skin a visibly brighter complexion.

With each upward brush stroke of the Lego-like bristle design, my face looks less puffy, and my eye bags look lượt thích I got 12 hours of perfectly restful sleep, and, bởi I dare I have the sculpted jawline and cheekbones of Emily Ratajkowski? On a less glamorous note, I also found that using the brush đồ sộ scrub around the bridge of my nose helped rid u of uncomfortable sinus pressure.

As adorable as this pocket-size tool is, using it isn’t totally intuitive — we wish it had a long handle, so sánh that the rectangular shape didn’t feel so sánh awkward in our hands. However, once you nail the technique, the payoff is worth the learning curve.

Price at time of publish: $14

Bristle Material: Natural | Size: 1.10" x 2.50" x 5.13" | Cruelty-Free: Yes

The Body Routine Set

Kate McLeod

What We Like: The kit includes everything you need for glowing skin, including the brand’s best-selling moisturizer bar and dry brush.

What We Don’t Like: The brush sheds.

A không lấy phí tote bag with purchase is always a draw-in đồ sộ any beauty mix, but you won’t be disappointed with what’s inside this canvas makeup-up bag either. The brand’s highly-rated moisturizer bar and dry brush are a match made in skin-softening heaven. 

Using the brush’s notched handle, you’ll get a firm grip as you awaken your body toàn thân with the combination of horse hair and sisal bristles (take note — this material may shed a little upon initial use). This bristle duo won’t cause irritation and are firm enough đồ sộ satisfyingly shed dead skin. Even better, Kate McLeod is a Made Safe Certified and Climate Neutral brand, meaning it’s committed đồ sộ using safer ingredients and less packaging, so sánh you’ll get brighter skin and a healthier planet.  

After showering, use the brand’s moisturizing Body Stone đồ sộ indulge your skin with its emollient-rich and holistic ingredients of cocoa butter, almond oil, and essential oils for a totally renewed feeling.

Price at time of publish: $66

Bristle Material: Horsehair and sisal | Size: Not listed | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Bushbalm Nordic Dry Brush


What We Like: The durable brush is made from plant-based bristle fibers that help prevent clogged pores, which can lead đồ sộ ingrown hairs and other skin congestion. 

What We Don’t Like: The bristles shed a little with the first few uses. 

If you’re prone đồ sộ ingrown hairs, you’re likely very familiar with the discomfort they bring into your life. And, though we understand exfoliating is key đồ sộ preventing them, finding a tool that won’t irritate the skin further isn’t so sánh straightforward. 

Board certified dermatologist Dr.Tiffany Clay recommends this sensitive-skin-friendly dry brush as a solution. It features bristles sourced from the anti-inflammatory agave plant — a material that is the right combination of gentle and firm đồ sộ unclog pores easily. She’s also a người hâm mộ of the short handle that allows you đồ sộ effortlessly slough away dead skin cells in areas where ingrown hairs thrive, lượt thích your underarms or inner thighs. 

You can expect some shedding from the bristles, but this shouldn’t interfere with the brush’s ability đồ sộ give you smoother, pain-free skin. 

Price at time of publish: $21

Bristle Material: Natural sisal fibers | Size: 5" x 15" x 16" | Cruelty-Free: No

Belula Premium Dry Brushing Set


What We Like: Between a long-handle brush, face brush, and exfoliating gloves, this mix includes everything you need đồ sộ prep for a self-tan. 

What We Don’t Like: The brush can fall off the extended stick.

I think I might finally have a shot at winning the gold (or should I say bronze) medal in the Olympic Thể Thao of self-tanning, thanks đồ sộ this all-in-one mix recommended by board certified dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara. You can thoroughly prep your skin with these tools: The long-handle brush leaves no dead skin cell unturned, a facial brush delicately primes your visage, and exfoliating gloves let you easily tackle those infamous areas of the body toàn thân prone đồ sộ exposing your fake tan, lượt thích in-between your fingers.

Even if your skin goals don’t include faking a beach vacation, we bet you’ll agree that its soft boar bristles, innovative design, and durability make it easy for dry brushing beginners, especially since it also comes with a mix of very detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Although the detachable head isn’t the sturdiest, we think the affordable price makes up for this one con cái.

Price at time of publish: $25

Bristle Material: Boar hair | Size: 15" x 3.54" x 1.77" | Cruelty-Free: No

Dr. Barbara Sturm The Body Brush Soft


What We Like: You can choose from a medium or soft brush, both of which can be used dry or in the shower. 

What We Don’t Like: The brush strap is too long.

We hear you — the thought of rubbing a dry brush on your already dry, tender skin sounds completely unappealing. However, exfoliation is essential đồ sộ keeping your skin healthy, and Dr. Clay tells us that this Dr. Barbara Sturm body toàn thân brush is the best option available for those with sensitive skin. 

Its natural bristles are much more forgiving on tender skin than vãn synthetic ones, and you can even use it in the shower if you find brushing on dry skin is too abrasive. The brand also offers the brush in medium and soft-bristled versions, so sánh you can pick the best one for your skin.

While we love this handheld option for reaching every crevice, one thing we would change is shortening the strap handle so sánh we could get a better grip. 

Price at time of publish: $40

Bristle Material: Natural | Size: Not listed | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Esker Dry Brush


What We Like: The easy-grip twine handle and natural bristles make removing dead skin a breeze. 

What We Don’t Like: It’s not the most durable design. 

Listen, even though we don’t want đồ sộ be left raw after exfoliation, sometimes shedding our lizard skin means bringing in the big guys — or, should we say, bristles. Recommended by Grous, the natural bristles on this Esker Dry Brush don’t feel scratchy, but they definitely get the job done, renewing wind-whipped winter skin and promising it’s ready for spring. This brush provides an intense exfoliation, which boosts circulation and increases the amount of blood flow in the area. This causes the skin đồ sộ plump (temporarily), making cellulite and indentations appear less visible.

We also adore the look of the grass tree wood and hemp twine-wrapped handle — aesthetics aside, the material makes it easy đồ sộ grasp and prevents slippage. We just wish it was slightly more durable, as the twine can unwrap over time. 

Price at time of publish: $18

Bristle Material: Natural | Size: 8" x 3" x 1.12" | Cruelty-Free: Yes

What đồ sộ Keep in Mind


Dry brushing is supposed đồ sộ be relaxing, not irritating, so sánh you want a brush with firm bristles that don’t feel lượt thích sandpaper against your skin. “The bristles should be soft and soothing — anything prickly or harsh is a no-go,” says Dr. Gohara, who adds she’s a người hâm mộ of the cactus bristles on the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush. 

If you’re a beginner, Dr. Clay suggests using a brush with a softer and firmer side, lượt thích the Dr. Barbara Sturm The Body Brush, đồ sộ understand what your skin responds đồ sộ best. And although dry brushes are good for all skin types, anyone with sensitive skin should stick đồ sộ more gentle options, such as the soft vegan bristles on the Keys Soulcare Energizing Dry Body Brush.


Since dry brushing has many benefits, you’ll get the most out of your experience by choosing a brush designed for your skincare and wellness goals. Ones with angled shapes, lượt thích the goop G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush, or long handles, lượt thích the Belula Premium Dry Brushing Body Brush Set, are great for getting into crevices and hard-to-reach areas. If you’re looking for a full-body exfoliation, these two bởi the trick.

Alternatively, you might opt for a hand-held option, lượt thích the luxe-feeling Gilded Carrera Body Brush, when you’re seeking the meditative, self-care benefits of dry brushing. 

Your Questions, Answered

How bởi you use a dry brush?

Don’t roll your eyes, but always dry brush on dry skin. Dr. Clay explains dry brushing is a physical exfoliation technique that gently scrapes the skin’s surface using firm bristles and long strokes. 

If you’re trying đồ sộ stimulate lymphatic drainage, Grous suggests starting at your toes, working your way up in clockwise motions toward the heart — but don’t apply too much pressure. “You should feel light exfoliation and stimulation, but no scratching or irritation,” says Grous. 

Follow with a shower đồ sộ rinse off dead skin, and for your smoothest results, apply a moisturizer after.

How often can you use a dry brush?

Dr. Clay recommends no more than vãn two times a week since over-exfoliating can lead đồ sộ dry skin and irritation. Knowing your skin type is also paramount here. “If you’re sensitive, it may even be best đồ sộ bởi it once per month or every few weeks,” says Dr. Garshick.

For those with compromised skin, lượt thích eczema or “something short-term such as a sunburn or recent laser hair removal, I would avoid dry brushing,” says Dr. Clay. 

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How bởi you clean a dry brush?

Since dry brushes accumulate a lot of dirt and, let’s just say, other gross stuff, it’s necessary đồ sộ clean them often đồ sộ avoid bacteria build-up and mildew. Depending on how often you use one, you may consider doing this around once a week. 

Most brands offer guidance for cleaning their specific product, but you can typically follow the similar steps you take with your makeup brushes. Scrub it with mild soap and warm water, taking care not đồ sộ get the wood wet, and leave it đồ sộ dry completely before using it again.

Why Shop with Us

Irene Richardson is a writer covering fashion and beauty trends. For this story, she researched dozens of dry brushes, read reviews, and consulted four experts in the skincare industry—board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Tiffany Clay, Dr. Mona Gohara, and Dr. Marisa Garshick.; and renowned facialist and esthetician Rhea Souhleris Grous.