So, clients are ALWAYS asking me what they can do about cellulite. This is one of my favorite health and beauty secrets of all time….DRY SKIN BRUSHING. If you have never heard of this, its your lucky day!! If you’ve heard of it and aren’t doing it, get off your booty and go brush it! Yes, there are TONS of “cellulite reducing” gimmicks out there that are expensive and full of chemicals…but that’s not my style.
Here’s the cliffs notes version of why we get cellulite:
- Beneath our skins surface lies strong sexy fibrous tissue that holds our fat in place
- Poor Diet, Dehydration, Age, Genetics and Hormones begin to weaken our strong connective tissue. Lack of exercise, decreased metabolism etc. leads to more body fat
- What happens is the contained fat starts to bulge and press up against the weakened connective tissue and what we see on the skins surface are bumps and dimples…the bummer we call cellulite!
Cellulite is not harmful. Most of us would just rather not have it!
You can do 100 squats a day and it’s not going to help your skin! (but you’ll have a great a$$) Exercise helps decrease bodyfat, but it focuses on building muscle which is many layers under our skin. You can have buns of steel, and still have cellulite.
It’s time to start exercising your skin!
I first learned about Dry Skin Brushing from my natural doctor about 10 years ago. She wanted me to start doing it before I got in the shower to stimulate blood circulation, exfoliate dead skin impurities, and most importantly to increase the health of my lymphatic system. I decided to give it a try. The best part of it was I didn’t need to re-exfoliate in the shower! My legs were primed for shaving, no need for grimy bacteria infested loofahs hanging on the shower head, or expensive (nasty) chemical filled body scrubs ever again!
DRY SKIN BRUSHING BASICS
- Buy a Dry Skin Brush. I use the Yerba Prima — Tampico Skin Brush. You can find it at Whole Foods, or on Amazon. Always use a natural bristle brush (it will cost you $10-20)
- Dry Brush before you get in the shower. Try to spend about 3-5 minutes doing it. It’s okay to start with very light pressure (I promise, you will get used to the sensation) When you get used to the feeling, you can use firmer strokes.
- Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.
- Start with the soles of your feet brushing them for at least 30 seconds each
- Then use long upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart. (Don’t skip your hands!)
- Always apply brush strokes toward your heart.
- When you get to your tummy, I like brushing clockwise & counter clockwise.
- Be gentle over your chest and neck, and avoid the sensitive skin on your face.
- Don’t share your brush & be sure to clean it periodically with soap & water
- Use a natural moisturizer after you get out of the shower, example — coconut or rose hip oil
Something I noticed after I first dry brushed is that my skin turned rosy and tingled! It’s a strange sensation but completely normal & continues to happen each time I dry brush due to increased circulation.
Other DAILY tips that help banish Cellulite
- Stay Hydrated–Drink at minimum 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water a day
- Eat Nutrients that strengthen collagen fibers — Think high water content fruits & veggies (watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers)
Cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin. Using a self-tanner may make the cellulite on your thighs less noticeable. I’ll be sharing my favorite organic skin care & sunless tanning products soon.
Now go buy a dry skin brush and use it consistently!! It is inexpensive and has countless benefits! You will love your softer, smoother skin! You’re Welcome!