So lets get one thing straight: body lotions aimed at banishing cellulite almost definitely won’t actually banish cellulite. Body lotions will help smooth the skin and improve the tone, but the problem lies much deeper, deeper than creams can reach according to dermatologists.
But if you aren’t a fan of your dimpled thighs then there is another beauty tool you can use in the quest for cellulite free skin: the dry body brush.
Dry body brushing or skin therapy for beauty and health have been used by almost all historical civilisations including the ancient Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Romans, Chinese, Japanese, Scandinavians, Russians, Turks and Native Americans.
A regular dry scrub using a brush over your thighs is proven to do more to erase dimples and tone any wobbly bits than the hundreds of creams and lotions that flood the market today. Diminishing cellulite isn’t the only amazing thing the humble body brush can do – it has amazing benefits for your overall health and the well-being of your body as well.
Body brushing is one of the least rated beauty habits, yet it is also one of those incredibly simple things that bring huge benefits.
So what does body brushing actually do? Body brushing exfoliates your skin, boosts your circulation and promotes your lymph, helping your body to metabolise toxins more efficiently, discourage fluid retention and cellulite and soften and tone your skin. The benefits are immediate and lasting.
With micro-beads banned for good, body scrubs have turned turned to other exfoliants to slough away dead skin. But for many people with sensitive skin, these alternatives like apricot kernels or crushed walnut shell can be quite harsh and damaging to the skin.
As we age, our skin becomes less efficient at shedding layers of dead skin cells, but dry body brushing is fantastic at exfoliating these dead skin cells away.
That’s not all, regular dry body brushing primes your skin to absorb the ingredients from body creams and serums much more effectively, which means you get a whole lot more bang from your buck allowing you to spend a bit extra on high quality body ingredients.
Regular dry body brushing encourages cell turnover so that your body will look and feel supple, and whether you wax, shave or IPL/laser a quick brush is fantastic at keeping pesky, ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay.
If you are undergoing IPL hair removal you will find the process helps to loosen zapped hairs from the root, resulting in less shadows and even less spikiness.
While dry body brushing wont completely rid your legs of cellulite, it helps to mobilise and contribute to the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin – and if you dry brush regularly its proven to give your body a much smoother and firmer look and feel.
Even gentle brushing brings nutrient rich freshly oxygenated blood to the skin’s surface, which gives it a better tone and elasticity.
Bacteria, toxins and waste from our blood filter through the lymph nodes where these substances are destroyed but sometimes this process can be sluggish. Dry body brushing really stimulates the lymphatic system and by doing this assists in removing pathogens. This strengthens our immune system and lessens our susceptibility to illness.
If you havent yet tried dry body brushing I hope this article has inspired you to give this age old practice a try. From experience, dry body brushing has changed not only the look and feel of my skin, but it supports my inner health and gives me an extra burst of energy everyday.