Body Brushing To Fight Cellulite

Body Brushing To Fight Cellulite
Most ladies attend to the skin on their face with a plethora of beauty treatments such as exfoliation, cleansing and moisturising. This is largely done to get picture perfect skin. Ever thought of tending to the skin on your body?

In the heart of heart, we all like to have smooth skin. But most of us especially women above thirties are bogged down with a condition that’s most embarrassing – Cellulite.

Cellulite and Its Formation

Cellulite is a lifestyle ailment that describes the uneven appearance of the skin on the thighs and buttocks. Often referred to as dimpled skin, it affects more women than men. No doubt cellulite is related to fat, but a woman doesn’t have to be overweight to have cellulite. According to research, cellulite is not a build-up of toxins in your skin but the result of a combination of the skin structure, subcutaneous fat, connective tissue and muscle.

[Also Read: How to Lose Belly Fat]

Normally, fat cells are found between the columns of connective tissue. But as these cells grow larger with the passage of time, they press against the skin. Because the connective tissue attaches the skin to the muscle in vertical columns in case of women, the skin bulges as the fat cells grow. Since cellulite formation depends upon connective tissue, any treatment that doesn’t sort out the connective tissue problem won’t cure the condition.

Cellulite and Its Formation

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Dry Body Brushing

This is where dry skin brushing proves to be invaluable, not only in brushing off dead skin cells but also in activating waste removal via your lymph nodes. Take a look at the multiple benefits of dry skin brushing:

1. Stimulates Lymphatic System:

        The lymphatic system in human body is the one responsible for eliminating waste products by transporting them to our blood for elimination, what is called lymphatic drainage. When the lymphatic system fails to work properly, waste and toxins build up making you fall sick. Dry skin brushing is a powerful

detoxification

        aid that stimulates your lymphatic system helping it release toxins.

2. Exfoliation:

        Dry Skin brushing helps remove dead dry skin thereby improving skin appearance, clearing clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”
Exfoliation

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3. Improving Digestion and Kidney Function:

        According to a skin care and spa expert,

“…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”

4. Boosting Circulation:

        According to a skin care and spa expert,

“…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”

5. Reducing Cellulite:

      Dry skin brushing helps to soften hard fat deposits below the skin. This helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How to do Body Brushing

How to do Body Brushing

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For body brushing, first get a high quality dry brush that has bristles made of natural materials. Choose the one with a long handle so that it helps you reach your entire back and spots that are hard to reach.

Always brush towards your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. The entire body (including the feet soles) can be brushed. The ideal process is to start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach.
Scrub your thighs and buttocks vigorously with the brush so as to remove toxins from the skin. Make sure the pressure you apply while skin brushing is firm but not painful. After all, your skin should be ‘pink’ after a brushing session (not red or irritated). In fact, you can time out the brushing to your like and convenience. On an average, the session can last between 2 to 20 minutes. Here are the areas to brush before you take a shower:

How to do Body Brushing

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  • Buttocks and inner thighs
  • The sides of your torso and your lower back
  • Your stomach in a clockwise circle around your belly button
  • Hands and arms, starting with your hands and brushing towards your shoulders
  • Brush from your upper back and over your shoulders
  • In circles around your knees
  • Do not brush over broken skin that has cuts, varicose veins, or bruises
  • Do not brush your face

The investment in dry skin brushing is small but the pay-off is large. Try it and be pleasantly surprised.

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