The Best Body Brushes for Smooth, Glowing Skin (According to a Beauty Editor Who's Tried Loads)

For most of my life, I've managed to get by with a fairly minimalistic bodycare routine. While I spend ages layering toners, serums, and creams into my face morning and night, my bodycare routine has typically consisted of body wash, a weekly body scrub, and body lotion (when I can be bothered).

In 2024 however, I've noticed patches of rough skin creeping up on the backs of my arms. Known as keratosis pilaris, this rough, bumpy skin can appear everywhere from the arms to the thighs. It's totally harmless, really common, and whether you have it or not is largely determined by genetics. As well as keeping skin well moisturised (I've committed to daily body lotion from head to toe), regular exfoliation is one of the best ways to buff this rough skin smooth and soft. However, after a few weeks of using my body scrub daily, I realised it wasn't really making a difference, so I decided to experiment with body brushing. My (incredibly dry-skinned) husband body brushes daily and swears by the simple technique for removing patches of rough, dry skin, and convinced me to put it to the test.

Now I'll give you a heads up, this is not the most relaxing or enjoyable of beauty rituals. Body brushes are designed to be used on dry skin (they're often referred to as dry brushes), so can feel quite rough and scratchy. However the rougher and scratchier they are, the more likely they are to have an impact when it comes to dealing with patches of rough skin. I was ready to give up after a week, but by the time that point came round, the bumpy patches on the backs of my arms had totally disappeared, replaced by silky smooth skin. For real.

So, scroll on to discover the best body brushes for smooth, glowing skin, as well as all you need to know about what body brushing is and what the benefits of body brushing are, all from a beauty editor who has tried it herself. Enjoy!

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What Is Body Brushing?

Body brushing is a form of exfoliation performed on dry skin using a bristled brush in short, firm circular strokes. You can body brush literally anywhere on your body, from your feet to your neck—just avoid the face.

What Are the Benefits of Body Brushing?

Like any form of exfoliation, body brushing works to remove dead skin, so it can help to smooth skin texture, reduce clogged pores, and revitalise skin. In addition, because the technique is a form of massage, it also helps to boost circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system. Some people find that regular body brushing can help to address areas of cellulite and stretch marks, and to reduce water retention.

Shop the Best Body Brushes:

1. Best Overall Body Brush: ESPA Skin Stimulating Body Brush
2. Best Affordable Body Brush: The Body Shop Cactus Long Handle Brush
3. Best Body Brush for Stretch Marks: Mama Mio Body Brush
4. Best Body Brush for Sensitive Skin: Dr. Barbara Sturm Body Brush Soft
5. Best Drugstore Body Brush: Kitsch Exfoliating Dry Body Brush
6. Best Luxury Body Brush: Higherdose Supercharge Copper Body Brush
7. Best Body Brush for Dry Skin: Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush

1. Best Overall: ESPA Skin Stimulating Body Brush

2. The Body Shop Cactus Long Handle Brush

3. Mama Mio Body Brush

4. Dr. Barbara Sturm Body Brush Soft

5. Kitsch Exfoliating Dry Body Brush

6. Higherdose Supercharge Copper Body Brush

7. Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush

Freelance Beauty Editor

Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines. While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.