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Does Brushing Cellulite Really Help?

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Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.
Does Brushing Cellulite Really Help?
The ideal time to brush your skin is before your morning shower. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Cellulite happens. In fact, it happens to most women, regardless of how hard they try to prevent it, the Mayo Clinic reports. These dimpled patches are the visible result of fat accumulating in pockets near fibrous cords that connect your skin to underlying muscle. While no method is 100 percent effective in removing cellulite completely, some practices, like dry brushing, can provide at least temporary relief.


Brushing your skin helps your lymph system get rid of toxins, which, in turn, visibly reduces cellulite, Holistic Health Library explains. Lymph is a fluid that collects toxins from cells and moves the toxins to areas where they can be eliminated. Prime areas of elimination include your kidneys, lungs, colon and skin. Blood circulation helps other organs release toxins, but your skin does not have that additional boost to help rid itself of the approximately 2 pounds of toxins it releases daily.


A brush with natural bristles and a long handle works best for skin brushing, Holistic Health Library reports, as does brushing at least six days per week, preferably in the morning. Start at your feet and brush upwards, towards your heart, until you cover your legs, back, stomach and lower part of your chest. Keep brushing towards your heart and continue by brushing the top of your chest, your arms and then the back and sides of your neck. When you hit areas where cellulite tends to form, spend a bit more time brushing in circular motions, Native Remedies advises.

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Dry brushing is most effective if you do it in the morning, Holistic Health Library reports, as toxins build up near your skin overnight. The practice is also most effective if you do it at least five days per week, right before your morning shower. Natural Health Remedies warns it can take as long as a month until you notice any results.


While Holistic Health Library, Native Remedies and Natural Health techniques all report dry brushing works to remove cellulite, other sources have a different take. Women Fitness says it may or may not be effective, but the brushing technique cannot hurt and is good for you skin nonetheless. The Mayo Clinic, which generally favors more traditional health treatments, does not come out against dry brushing for cellulite but it does note the similar toxin-releasing treatment of vigorous massage often only yields temporary results.


In addition to dry brushing, you can further reduce cellulite by eating a healthy diet and making exercise a part of your overall routine, Native Remedies points out. A few essential oils, namely basil, grapefruit and naiouli, also help enhance a dry brushing routine. Even if dry brushing does not get rid of your cellulite, other benefits of the practice include energized skin, increased skin moisture and a boost to your immune system. Dry brushing is also an ideal way to warm your body up before exercise as well as get rid of joint stiffness caused by a buildup of arthritic acid.

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