Dry brushing has been known to exfoliate dry skin and promote skin renewal, but can it actually reduce cellulite?
While short-shorts, mini skirt, and bathing suit season may have come and gone, but just knowing you have cellulite is punishment enough. Besides, between the sheets season is year round.
We fight the cellulite battle with expensive creams and even liposuction, but could dry brushing be an inexpensive, safe method of cellulite reduction that’s actually effective? Does dry brushing really work? Yes, and here’s why:
Cellulite is the uneven appearance of dimples on the skin’s surface. Though it’s associated with fat, skinny people can, and often do, have cellulite. The result of a combination of skin structure, fat tissue, and muscles, cellulite impacts more women than men, especially around the thighs and butt. Women have thinner skin than men, which is part of the reason why it’s more common and more obvious in women.
Dry brushing promotes the swell of the skin tissue which can, at least temporarily, reduce the appearance of cellulite. But that’s not the only benefit: Dry brushing also promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow, and helps the tissues of the lymphatic system release toxins, so it’s not all about looks.
Dry brushing exposes healthier skin by getting rid of that dry layer of skin on the surface. It’s an easy, healthful, and inexpensive method of detoxification that’s not invasive. If you have any cuts or wounds, don’t dry brush that area. If your skin is sensitive and reddens on touch, use a wash cloth instead of a dry brush.
Spend extra time in areas that need work. If you’re looking to reduce cellulite, focus on the thighs and butt. More dry brushing tips below.
Dry Brushing Tips
- Dry brush skin 1 to 2 times per day.
- Move the brush toward the heart.
- Make long sweeps, back and forth, circular motions.
- Don’t brush too hard.
- Make sure the bristles on your dry brush are hard, but not too hard, natural and not synthetic.
- Buy your dry brush at a local health foods store.
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