Someone had mentioned dry brushing to me years ago. I laughed it off as another gimmick, or quick-fix fraud solution to rid stubborn cellulite. I mean, Lord knows, I’ve tried a million and one products (products, gels, supplements, creams, treatments, you name it) that promised to cure cellulite. I didn’t experience any long-term success with any of them.
1 week ago today, I was cleaning out my bathroom and came across an Bliss body brush that had come as a free gift with a cream that I had purchased a few years ago. I took it as a sign to do a little research on dry brushing.
DRY BRUSHING 101:
WHAT IS IT?
The practice, which involves scrubbing down your dry skin with a scratchy brush, sounds far from fun. But spa pros and enthusiasts alike swear by it and sing its praises for supposedly doing everything from exfoliating to reducing cellulite.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
For exfoliating, the explanation is simple. Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward
For detoxifying, dry brushing is similar to massage. The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can then be eliminated. Your body naturally does this, but dry brushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better.
BUT CAN IT REALLY REDUCE CELLULITE?
Because dry brushing helps eliminate toxins, many pros claim it can smooth those unsightly lumps and bumps for good. Dry brushing helps remove “stagnant toxins” thttps://wordpress.com/post/57265765/new/hat break down connective tissue, leading to cellulite.
WHERE DO I START?
First, you need to buy a dry brush. You’re going to need something with strong bristles, preferably derived from a natural source. Try this brush from Ecotools ($14.99 amazon.com)
Because dry brushing energizes and stimulates the body, most pros suggest doing it in the morning before you shower, but you can do it any time of day you prefer. Best advice I’ve seen: Brush towards your heart. Using long, upward strokes, start brushing your skin at your feet and work up your legs one at a time. Then move up your mid-section (front and back) and across your chest. Finish by brushing up your arms toward your armpits.
This diagram should help you visualize more clearly. The small black dots are where your lymph nodes are located. You want to brush in the direction of the nearest lymph nodes so that the toxins can be easily removed.
HOW DO I KNOW IF ITS WORKING?
Your skin should feel softer and smoother after just one session. Some people even say the detox and circulatory boost helps with digestive issues and skin problems such as acne; others claim to feel more energized, most likely a result of the increased blood flow. And, of course, you should see a diminish in cellulite.
I’ve personally started this process 1 week ago today. I feel that my cellulite has improved slightly. The whole process is entirely energizing and my skin feels smoother. I have also noticed a decrease in random razor bumps and ingrown hairs. YAY! I will continue this process and hopefully be able to post some KILLER before and after photos!