As any cellulite investigator will tell you, dry skin brushing is a simple yet powerful technique for tackling the blight. It increases circulation and helps clear the pores so the skin can detoxify, giving cellulite a good one-two punch. But I’ve found that dry brushing alone is not enough to properly exfoliate the skin. Has anyone else noticed this, too?
Lately I’ve been experimenting with an ancient technique for exfoliating the skin. It involves massaging oil into the skin, then soaking in a hot tub before scraping it off with a thin metal scraper.
This technique was standard practice in many other cultures, including ancient Rome and Greece and the Ayurvedic tradition of India. It is still common in parts of Asia, in the form of Gua Sha and Kerokan. We don’t have a name for it, so I will refer to it as “oil scraping.”
The Romans used an instrument called a strigil to remove the oil from the skin. Strigils were an essential part of Roman bath culture. You can read more about strigils and see pictures in this post. I scoured the Internet for a modern strigil but was unsuccessful in finding one. I came across a few skin scrapers made from other material (jade, animal horns, etc), but I was skeptical that they would work the same way. The blade needs to be thin enough to scrape away the dead cells but not so thin that it cuts the skin.
When I first started oil scraping, I used a large spoon instead of a strigil and it worked just fine. But can you believe my wonderful sister-in-law found the perfect strigil-equivalent for me for Christmas? At Ross, no less.
It’s called the Exfol Away and it was made specifically for QVC. It looks like a razor, but instead of a blade it has a blunt stainless steel edge. The host says tools like this are popular in Europe and Australia.
Unlike a spoon, the curvature of the Exfol Away is just right for the skin. It feels especially good on areas with dry skin that tend to feel itchy. Here is a cheesy promo for the Exfol Away. It really does scrape off all that “gunk” just like in the commercial, especially if you rub oil into the skin beforehand since it helps dissolve fat-soluble waste on the skin. The oil might go on clear, but it certainly doesn’t come off that way (gross, I know!).
Unfortunately, the Exfol Away is not longer available on QVC. I’m hoping they will offer it again soon. I would love to get the mini version for the face. If you happen to see this product at Ross, do snag it. These babies are inexpensive and they are likely to last a long, long time. If not, try using a large spoon instead. Don’t forget to rub oil into the skin beforehand and to let the skin soak in a hot tub for at least 15 minutes or so before scraping the oil off. I am interested to hear your thoughts on the oil scraping technique. So if you try it, please come back and let me know how it goes!
Did you get any gifts this Christmas that might help with our cellulite investigation?
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