Dry skin brushing is a popular and relatively new technique that uses brushes made of natural materials to remove dead skin cells and to stimulate the circulation and waste elimination. Cellulite reduction is one of the major benefits of this technique.
Dry skin brushing uses wooden brushes with natural fibers in different sizes. They can be used for all the parts of the body, including the face. Stronger brushes with harsh fibers are used for rough areas, such as feet, elbows and knees, while soft ones are suitable for the face, neck and chest. Brushing is best if done on completely dry skin, before or after a shower.
This technique removes dead skin cells, dirt and debris stuck in the pores and on the surface of the skin. As a result the skin is cleaner and looks fresher, smoother and younger. Brushing also improves the circulation, which makes the skin look healthy and glowing. Good circulation also assures proper delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
Dry skin brushing and cellulite
Cellulite is made of fat deposits, fluids and waste materials accumulated under the skin. These deposits disturb the normal structure underneath the top layers of the skin and as a result, it looks creased and bumpy, especially when pinched. Waste products and toxins end up in subcutaneous fat deposits but they are not produced there. They are the result of the breakdown of cells and they also come from factors such as improper nutrition, smoking, alcohol consumption, pollution, chemicals found in food and water and many more. Cellulite is aggravated by an unhealthy lifestyle, with poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, aging and hormonal changes.
Dry skin brushing can help against cellulite because it stimulates the layers underneath the skin and increases blood circulation and the function of the lymphatic system. Regular brushing will gradually break down fatty deposits and release the toxins into the body’s own waste elimination system, so the toxins can be eliminated, mainly through perspiration and urination.
In order to achieve the best results against cellulite, it is recommended to brush the entire body, not just the problematic areas, starting from the feet and working the way up. The motions should be rhythmic and circular for the legs and the abdomen, and sideways and back and forth for the hips and waist.
Dry skin brushing does not have to be done every day, but three to five times a week, for several weeks, is the minimum for those who want to reduce their visible cellulite.