Have you also heard that dry brushing helps reduce cellulite?
According to the Spanish Society of Aesthetic Medicine (SEME), 85% of Spanish women have cellulite, although in different degrees, from which they can only be seen by pressing the skin, to which they have solid nodules. It is an accumulation of fatty tissue that tends to manifest mainly in the legs, abdomen, and arms. And it’s not necessarily related to being overweight, because cellulite can also affect skinny women or athletes. As well, the causes are different, from the hormonal to the circulatory system, through factors such as sedentary lifestyle, the habits of dress or stress.
The bad news is it won’t go away. The good, which we can prevent to a large extent or at least minimize (especially with treatments of Aesthetic Medicine, which not always 100% effective). How? Firstly, with eating habits that do not lead to fluid retention and promote good circulation. For example, reduce salt as much as possible, drink water and take enough fruits and vegetables in each meal. Added to daily physical activity and habits such as not wearing too tight clothes or spending too much time standing or with crossed legs, it is a recipe that can help us prevent this “democratic phenomenon”.
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing consists of brushing the dry skin with a brush of natural bristles that in addition to exfoliating allows to stimulate the blood circulation. It is done under moderate pressure, without the need for any product to facilitate “brushing”. Brushes with different firmities are even used for different parts of the body.
It is proven that incorporating exfoliation into your beauty routine favors a lighter skin and firmer appearance. The key is to control the pressure and avoid brushes with bristles too rigid to avoid damaging the skin. Obviously, people with skin problems and diseases such as rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis should not resort to this beauty technique. Also people with sensitive skin should be dry brushing.
Now, the big question: does brushing improve dry cellulite?
Brushed dry against cellulite?
In fact, we have not found any scientific evidence that dry brushing can reduce cellulite or improve its appearance. The truth is that this cosmetic technique does not allow to act in depth to stimulate the lymphatic system and is only effective at the level of the outer layers (which does allow to embellish the appearance of the skin).
Why then is it so common to believe that dry brushing helps against cellulite? In fact, as dermatologist Jennifer Hermann explains in the American version of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, this brushing increases blood flow, causing temporary inflammation that minimizes the appearance of cellulite (that dimpled texture). In addition, the illuminating effect achieved by brushing on the skin also temporarily reduces the characteristic shading of the cellulite skin, although the retention is still there.
Nor is there scientific support for the claim that dry brushing serves to detoxify the body, as is often claimed. It is the kidneys and liver that are in charge of this function in the body and, if they are not able to perform it, you will need more than a natural bristle brush to fix it.
What we can do to take advantage of dry brushing is to apply a product anti-cellulite (also effective in a superficial way), because after the exfoliation of the active ingredients will be absorbed more easily by the skin.
In addition, dry brushing can help us by way of maintenance as a complement to other aesthetic treatments (laser, radiofrequency, ultrasound), as do lymphatic massages.