December 26, 2012
If you've ever scrubbed down with a body brush, you already know how great this tool can be for exfoliation. As it sloughs away all that dead skin, a body brush also reduces the appearance of cellulite. How? Brushing boosts blood flow and improves the skin's texture, making it harder for cellulite to show through.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a normal occurrence on the skin of many women, no matter what their weight. It occurs when fat deposits just below the skin rear their dimply heads. Creams with caffeine, like Bliss Fat Girl Slim, work to tighten up the skin and reduce the amount of fat that is able to poke through. Other body skincare products like Elemis Body Sculpting Firming Cream work with natural detox ingredients like bitter orange petal and other plant and marine extracts to inhibit fat storage. Using these products daily will show an improvement, but brushing can reduce the appearance of cellulite even more.
How does body brushing work?
According to Dr. Howard Murad, author of "The Cellulite Solution: A Doctor's Program for Losing Lumps, Bumps, Dimples, and Stretch Marks," daily body brushing stimulates blood and lymph flow, which brings oxygen and nutrients to the outermost layer of the skin. It also exfoliates the skin and encourages new cell growth, making it more attractive from the outside, too. Some experts say body brushing also stimulates oil glands so the skin moisturizes itself better, improving the texture of the skin.
How do you use a body brush?
The best way to reap the benefits of body brushing is to invest in a brush with soft, natural bristles like the Elemis Spa At Home Body Brush. Start at your feet and sweep the brush up the legs in long, light and brisk movements, always moving toward the heart. This type of motion encourages the return of blood to the heart and boosts lymphatic flow.
Certain areas require special care - on your abdomen, brush in a circular, clockwise motion, and pay particular attention to your thighs. On your arms, move upward toward the heart. The whole process shouldn't take longer than five minutes, but the results will last forever if you stick with it.