There’s something delightfully indulgent about taking a hot bath as everyone else in the timezone tackles yet another workweek. As I reveled in my birthday bath yesterday, I pondered deep thoughts about (what else) the finer aspects of cellulite treatment.
Internet, you are home to some clever individuals. CI readers have brought up questions I never would have thought of on my own. Like Harbour House, who last week asked why dry brushing is so much better than wet brushing. I assumed it was better because all the experts recommend brushing the skin when it’s dry, and I had such a strong reaction to dry brushing the first time I tried it that I knew they were on to something. But Harbour House wanted to know why, and for that question I didn’t have a good answer.
Cherry Maslen and Linda Bird address this very issue in their book, Cellulite Solutions (52 Brilliant Ideas): Tips and Techniques to Lose the Lumps. Here is their response:
You won’t remove the surface cells as effectively if your skin is wet, neither will your brush glide so easily across your skin. The key is to use long, smooth movements on dry skin toward the heart.
I’ve read similar answers from other skin brushing experts, and it seems logical enough. But as I soaked in my first bath in over a year, I started to gather conflicting evidence. Namely, my legs started to molt. Yes, molt. Like a lizard (but a very happy lizard, soaking in a geranium-scented bath). Despite the fact that I had been dry brushing regularly and using the occasional salt scrub, my skin was still not properly exfoliated. The hot water softened the skin to the point that the remaining dead skin cells easily brushed off with nothing more than a washcloth.
I still think dry skin brushing is greatly beneficial as a cellulite treatment, but I am starting to believe that wet skin brushing offers it’s own benefits, too. Traditional cultures valued both practices. Looking back, I am surprised it took me so long to figure this out considering I lived in Tunisia prior to moving to Scotland (where I first started dry brushing). Tunisia has a rich history of wet skin brushing, something I will have to blog about in a future post.
So all of you Northerners out there who get automatic goose bumps at the thought of dry brushing in January, you might want to experiment with hot baths and a loofah to see if they can get you through the winter months. I’d love to hear about your progress. And in case you were wondering, Tuesday morning baths feel just as indulgent as Monday morning baths. I now know from experience.
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