Body Brushing for Cellulite
Rebecca Gaspert > 5 February 2018
There are many products and procedures available to treat cellulite. Some work, some don't, and disappointment when they don't can be hard felt.
I feel its important to understand cellulite as a consumer before you start investing money and trust in all of these products and treatments.
If you understand what cellulite actually is, then you can be a little more informed when choosing products and investing in treatments to combat it. Some products just work on improving the surface of the skin and outward appearance rather than trying to fix whats happening under the skin. Cellulite has been a passion of mine for over 14 years, I studied it in beauty college and specialised in Cellulite treatments when working overseas and in my own beauty salons which I've had for 9 years. This is where my love of body brushing truely began, because it is so good for improving cellulite. I wish that could mean that I don't have cellulite myself, but sadly I do... but not from not knowing what to do, just from not doing it myself. I have a little "do what I say, not what I do" going on in my life. One of my reasons for buying Bodecare, was to be part of something I love, and get back to a healthier me.
Very simply put, Cellulite is an accumulation of fat, fluid, toxins & waste all trapped by a net of hardened connective tissues under the skin. The fat in this area is different to fat in other areas of the body, which is why when we try to lose weight, we lose it first from our non-cellulite areas such as our face, bust/chest, back, lower arms etc. Where the place we really want to lose it is our tummy, hips and thighs.
You'll probably notice that the people who have more cellulite tend to be those who have a sedentary job/life, those who tend to eat more processsed foods, and who use more chemicals in their lives as well. When toxins from the air we breathe (car fumes, bug sprays, air fresheners), the food we eat (processed, artifical flavours, preservatives), and the substances we use on our skin (like skincare products, cleaning products, deodorants etc) enter our body they are transferred through our lymphatic system for removal. This system is the waste disposal network of our body that runs alongside our blood network. Our blood has the heart to pump it around the body and keep it flowing. The lymphatic system is different it has a series of one way valves that allow for lymph movement, but only moves when muscles around the vessels are contracted which effectively pump the lymph through those valves. So, you can understand that someone who sits all day in a chair would have more collection of stagnant lymph around the buttocks, hips and thighs because of a lack of movement in the muscles around that area, compared to a person who walks all day in their job.
With the lack of movement of lymph in an area the vessels become blocked and the toxins, wastes and excess fluid (water retention) will seep out into the areas around the lymph vessels. Which is mainly around the fat cells and skin. With this accumulation comes other problems as well, such as a lack of blood flow to the skin, which can result in other conditions such as spider veins, stretch marks, dimpling, enlarged pores (orange peel look), hot and cold areas of the skin. Go ahead, try it now.... where you have cellulite, feel the temperature of your skin compared to an area that doesn't. I usually compare the buttocks to a calf or somewhere like that. The cellulite area is always colder due to that lack of blood flow.
So, excerise and/or another form of lymphatic movement such as dry body brushing is extremely important to assist in the reduction of wastes and toxins in our cellulite areas. Detoxification is one of the best ways to effectively assist in the reduction of cellulite because the main cause of cellulite is a build up of toxins and waste. Makes sense right?
When looking for a treatment or product to assist in your quest for less noticiable cellulite look for something that gets your lymphatic system moving. Will increase blood flow to your skin, and possibly stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in your skin as well. Some might help soften the hardnened fat in the area either by manual manipulation or active ingredients in the products. All of this must be in addition to an increase water intake, as the main way for toxins to leave the body is through the pores by sweat, and our elimation system by way of our liver, kidneys and bladder. So lots and lots of water will help that happen. During a detox program, I recommend my clients drink over 2 litres, but preferrably 3 liters of pure water a day, to rinse their body clean.
Body Brushing for Cellulite:
Dry skin brushing has so many benefits for cellulite, such as exfoliation which stimulates the production of new skin cells and collagen & elastin to form in the skin. Excites the blood flow to the skin which helps to nourish the skin with nutrients in the blood from the foods we eat. It manually manipulates the lymphatic flow when brushig in the correct directions for the lymph which will help move those toxins and waste through the system for elimination by the body. The firm bristle brushes will manipulate the fat in the area effectively softening and breaking the fat cells up so they can be utilised for energy when needed by the body.
The most important part of this is consistency. Cellulite takes a long time to build up in the skin. It can be up to seven years of build up under the surface before any signs of cellulite actually show up on the skin itself. So, just know that the cellulite can definily be improved, but it will take time. Lifestyle changes and loving your body with some TLC will definitely give you the results you are after.
Cellulite Body Brushing Video:
Best Brushes and Products for Cellulite:
Using our filters in the product area you can find some special packages that I have designed especially for cellulite concern which include either a firm bristle brush or a medium bristle brush. Also included is a detox massage oil which can be used as a treatment oil on the cellulite areas containing essential oils that assist in detoxification and will help get results faster than brushing alone. These packs have a 20% discount on the regular retail price.
and for those that already have a dry skin brush I have made a pack specially for you with the body brush and cellulite care essentials. This pack has a 15% discount applied to the regular combined retail price.
I hope you enjoyed this article, and I would love to hear your thoughts, answer your questions... or if you have any tips for others to help with cellulite (like green smoothie recipes, exercises etc) please leave them in the comments below.