Dry brushing may be the weirdest thing you can possibly do to reduce cellulite. But this technique is also the easiest and the cheapest out there.
Could dry brushing really make a difference?
Today’s Trend—simply brush off cellulite? Here are some questions to spin the conversation.
How does it work?
Think detox and lymph nodes. The body releases toxins like fats from the body easier as we dry brush. Remember that our body eliminates toxins through our lymphatic system (lymphatic drainage). Constant brush strokes to the skin increase blood flow and stimulate nerves. Good blood circulation encourages more toxins to be filtered by the skin, kidneys, liver, etc. while stimulating nerves to proactively administer the body’s overall detoxification cycle. Livestrong and Pure Inside Out have interesting articles about this.
How to dry brush?
- Use a wood bristle brush. It is ideal to use a dry brush with a long handle to reach your back area.
- Start dry brushing (naked) with sweeping motions from your feet going up. Remember to always sweep toward the heart.
- Dry brush all areas of the body repeatedly. Be gentle on areas where the skin is more sensitive and thinner. Focus on problem areas like the thighs, buttocks, arms, legs, belly, and others prone to cellulite and dead skin buildup.
- Take a regular shower. Alternate warm and cold water for more efficient lymphatic drainage.
- Pat skin with a clean towel and apply soothing oils or lotions while skin is still damp. The oils will lock in moisture for the skin.
- Repeat process one or twice daily. Doing this regularly will improve the appearance of cellulite, dry, sagging, and dull skin.
How often should I dry brush?
Overnight results are always if not often from expensive treatments or just of wishful thinking. What dry brushing promises is an easy-to-do, safe, and economical approach to getting rid of cellulite.
If your strategy is dry brush one day then feel like not doing it the next days, expect minimal results.
Dry brushing requires your commitment to a five to 10-minute routine daily or bi-daily (while probably singing in the bathroom). Commit to a no complicated technique like dry brushing. Consistency is far more important than overnight results as emphasized by The Australian Natural Health Magazine. Constant adherence to a dry brushing routine yields to more sustainable outcomes.
How soon will I see results from dry brushing?
Results vary. Immediate results are noticeable in the texture of the skin and complexion. Results depend on how often you dry brush. If you’d like to see results, dry brush regularly.
Mercola lists reducing cellulite in their list of key benefits of dry brushing:
- Stress Relief
- Stimulate Your Lymphatic System
- Reduce Cellulite
- Increase Circulation
- Improve Digestion and Kidney Function
- It's Invigorating
Will dry brushing be enough?
It’s hard to tell. But for sure, dry brushing is not a panacea to all health problems. Results from dry brushing are significant and can be sustainable if you choose a healthy lifestyle. Focus on long term benefits. Expect dry brushing to complement your existing diet, weight loss programs, workout, and other efforts to lose weight, stay healthy, and preserve youth. It’s a low-risk investment with high rewards. It’s worth adding to our bath habits, really.
Is dry brushing for me?
Absolutely! Dry brushing chooses no gender, body type, or schedule. The Internet is filled with amazing stories from people who have tried dry brushing. In fact, Mind Body Green explains that dry brushing is a very simple technique anyway and can be of great help in reaching your health and fitness goals.
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