How Skin Brushing Helps With Cellulite

Dry Skin Brushing Stimulates Blood & Lymph Flow

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You can’t go to the spa every day. But you can give yourself a skin brush every morning – and it’s one of the best ways to take care of your skin. Authorities such as to Howard Murad, M.D., author of (Compare Prices). say it can help get rid of cellulite

Skin brushing – also called dry body brushing -- is a simple technique that stimulates blood and lymph flow, exfoliates the skin and encourages new cell growth.

Murad says skin brushing helps control cellulite by bringing nutrients and oxygen to the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). “Although there are no blood vessels in the epidermis, the dermis is rich with blood vessels, and the epidermis receives nutrients and oxygen supply from the dermis,” says Murad.

All you need for skin brushing is a body brush with natural bristles. The best is a Tampico Skin Brush (compare prices) made with natural agave plant fiber. This simple technique stimulates blood and lymph flow, removes dead skin cells and encourages new cell growth. Skin brushing is also inexpensive. You can get a good quality body brush for $6-$8.

Tips for Skin Brushing

To brush your skin, start at you feet and sweep up the legs in long, light brisk movements. All skin brushing movements should be towards the heart, to encourage the return of blood and encourage lymphatic flow.

Pay particular attention to the cellulite-prone areas like your thighs. Brush your abdomen with a circular clock-wise motion. Brush your arms with an upward motion, moving towards the heart. The whole process should take two to five minutes.

Don’t be too rough. Overbrushing causes the skin to turn red and become irritated.

Do it first thing in the morning, when the increased blood flow will help wake you up, or before you take a shower.

If you like, you can even sit on the edge of the tub so all the dead skin cells go down the drain instead of on your floor. 

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