The Dry Brush Technique

Cellulite can ruin anyone’s day. Unfortunately, there is no magic cure to make cellulite disappear but there are ways you can improve or minimize its appearance. In addition to daily exercise and a good diet, performing the dry brush technique can make a huge difference in the severity of your cellulite. The dry brush technique is easy to learn and the tools needed won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

One of the most common causes for the formation of cellulite is poor circulation. This disrupts the blood flow, allowing free radicals to wreak havoc on the affected areas. As a result, the fatty layer of the skin becomes filled with pockets of lymph accumulation. The combination of these fatty pockets, along with protein fibers, damaged tissue and fluid retention come together to form the dimpling or “cottage cheese” effect. To minimize the appearance of cellulite, the key is to restore healthy circulation back into the skin and body. Dry brushing is one way to boost your circulation and helps detoxify your skin.

Dry brushing stimulates your entire body through gentle massage. In addition to alleviating the presence of cellulite, this 30-year-old technique also exfoliates the body, promotes healthy skin cell renewal, cleanses the lymphatic system, tightens the skin to prevent premature aging and tones the muscles.

You can use various tools to perform dry brushing at home, depending on what you’re most comfortable using. These tools can be purchased at any store at very affordable prices. For hard to reach areas such as the buttocks and the back of the legs, a soft, natural fiber brush with a long handle works wonders. Some even come with a removable head with a strap so you can attach it to your hand to treat the smaller and easier to reach areas. Be sure to choose a brush that has gentle bristles that won’t scratch or damage your skin. Using a loofah sponge or rough towel works just as well, too.

As the name suggests, the dry brushing technique should be done before you step into the shower or bath. This should be done once a day. Avoid dry brushing damaged skin, rashes, cuts, scabs or other broken skin. Regardless of what area of cellulite you’re trying to treat, always use long, sweeping strokes with applied pressure but not so hard that you hurt yourself. For thinner areas of the skin, use light pressure. The easiest way to learn how to dry brush is to start at your feet and begin brushing vigorously in circular motions. Continue doing this and gradually move up your legs, then to your hands and arms, the back and shoulders, and finally the neck and chest (do not dry brush your face).

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At most the dry brush technique should take about 15 minutes to do and while it’s important to target the problem areas, practice brushing your entire body for an overall effect.  Afterward, step into the shower and wash away the layers of dead skin and other surface debris. Once you’ve toweled off, apply your lotion of choice using firm and vigorous pressure to massage it into your skin. This will help keep the circulation going as well. Clean your brush or other dry brush tools with warm soap and water once a week and lay them out to dry in the sun to avoid mildew and other bacteria from gathering. This technique may take a few weeks or even months to show a change so be patient and stick with it!

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