For many people, cellulite is a huge concern. To combat this, most of us resort to coffee wraps, skin exfoliation, drinking lots of water and, yes, exercising regularly. There is, however, another technique that you can add to these practices for fighting cellulite—and that is the dry body brushing technique.
Dry body brushing has been around for centuries. It consists of the practice of sloughing off dead skin cells from the entire body, by using a brush or loofah. In this brief guide, we will go over the dry body brushing treatment, how it helps fight cellulite, and steps to do it correctly.
Dry brushing is the ritual or practice of brushing the entire body with a brush, preferably a boar bristle brush. Doing so helps remove dead skin cells, facilitates collagen repair and also stimulates the lymph nodes to throw out toxic waste. The practice has actually been mentioned in the ancient texts of Ayurveda (the Hindu medical science which dates back thousands of years). Japanese women are also known to use the dry brushing technique as part of their routine hygiene. With regular body brushing treatment, you can get glowing skin, detoxify all your organs and also fight cellulite, obesity and other modern diseases.
When you dry brush your body for up to 10 minutes before a bath, you gently remove the top, dead cells while stimulating blood flow within the subcutaneous fat layers. This helps in regulating the lymphatic system to collect toxins from different organs and throw them out through sweat, urine and other channels of detoxification. The lymph nodes also drain off the accumulated fluids, thereby reducing swelling, puffiness and water retention. When brushed regularly, the accumulated fat in your thighs, hips, arms, buttocks and waist region also gets redistributed, evenly reducing unsightly folds and a dimpled appearance.
• Smoother, softer, younger looking skin
• Reduced scarring
• Enhanced circulation
• Better overall health and improved immunity
• Weight loss due to enhanced metabolism
• Reduced cellulite formation
You will need:
• Boar bristle brush or loofah or simply a firm brush with a long handle. Strap handled brushes allow for a firmer grip.
• Your favorite relaxation music
Dry body brushing treatment is best done in the a.m. You can do it prior to bathing. Here are the steps:
• Sit or stand in front of the mirror
• You can inspect your body for cellulite-mostly in the arms, thighs, hips, buttocks, and waist area. Always brush towards the heart, preferably in semi circular motions. Follow each brushing stroke with a stroke of your palm (without the brush).
• You can start brushing the arms and brush upwards toward the shoulders.
• Use firm strokes but never hard enough to damage the skin. Follow each brushing stroke with a stroke of your palm. Brush each part three times.
• Next, start at the ankles and brush your legs all the way up towards the thighs. Brush all the way up to the top of the upper thighs. Do not forget to brush the back of each leg.
• You can also brush your back, buttocks and stomach.
• Finish up with your neck and chest.
• Some people also dry brush the face. Be careful with this if you have acne prone skin. Also, dry brushing the face could lead to wrinkles, no matter how thin bristles the brush has. Instead, use gentle exfoliating scrubs. Go for clay or charcoal masks to detoxify the facial skin and prevent wrinkles.
• Drink plenty of water before and after the ritual to stimulate the lymph nodes to throw out toxic waste.
The whole process should not take more than 2-3 minutes. Ideally you should brush daily for 10-15 minutes. This will really stimulate the sluggish lymphatic system and you will feel awesome and see great results.
There are no hard and fast rules. You can brush everyday or even once or twice a week. If you are pressed for time, brush for 5-7 minutes daily while you wait for the water to fill up in your bath tub—but ideally, you need to brush for 10-15 minutes to really see the benefits. It is a good idea to soak in a warm bath after dry brushing. Add some Epsom salts or essential oils to the water and relax.
Dry brushing treatment is generally safe and well tolerated. Pregnant women must exercise caution while brushing. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, do consult a physician before brushing. It is normal to experience some tingling sensation during and after the brushing ritual. This simply indicates an increased flow of blood to all body parts.
Dry brushing can reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, it is best to use the technique along with body wraps containing caffeine. Caffeine wraps and scrubs both help move and redistribute the fat. Drink a lot of water and exercise every day. Focus on eating a healthy diet.
There is no evidence whether the technique can aid in weight loss. However, I personally feel that the practice can aid in detoxification. Detoxification removes unwanted waste and cleans up your system to improve digestion and metabolism—which could result in weight loss. It goes without saying that you must eat healthy, exercise and drink lots of water. Also, use stress control practices like yoga and meditation to prevent stress eating and other habits which lead to weight gain.
Dry brushing reviews show that the practice has helped many people improve several aspects of their health. Do add this ritual to your daily routine and see the difference!
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