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Dry Brushing For Cellulite: Does It Help?

Taylor Harrison • May, 2023

Dry Brushing for Cellulite: Does it help?

Taylor Harrison • May, 2023

Dry brushing has been around for literally hundreds of years (and according to some sources, it’s been around for thousands). That’s not surprising when you know that people use dry brushing for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Nervous system stimulation
  • Increased circulation
  • Cellulite management

But … what exactly is dry brushing for cellulite? And is it as simple as it seems? Or too good to be true?

Table Of Contents

  • 1.  Does Dry Brushing Help With Cellulite?
  • 2.  How to Dry Brush for Cellulite
  • 2. Dry Brushing vs. Subcision vs. Laser Therapy
  • 3. Dry Brushing Using Oils or Lotions
  • 4. FAQs: What people ask about dry brushing for cellulite
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does dry brushing help with cellulite?

Dry brushing is a technique that involves using a dry, natural-bristle brush to gently massage the skin in a specific pattern, typically before showering. Proponents of dry brushing claim that it has various benefits, including improving the appearance of the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. However, the scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited, and the effectiveness of dry brushing for cellulite reduction is not well-established.

 Here's how dry brushing is believed to work and its potential effects on cellulite:

  Exfoliation: Dry brushing can help exfoliate the outermost layer of dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling smoother and potentially giving it a temporary healthy glow. This exfoliation may contribute to a slight improvement in the appearance of the skin, including cellulite.

 Stimulating circulation: The massaging action of dry brushing is thought to increase blood circulation in the treated area. Improved circulation may help move lymphatic fluid and toxins, potentially reducing localized swelling and puffiness, which can make cellulite less noticeable.

 Lymphatic drainage: Advocates claim that dry brushing promotes lymphatic drainage, helping the body remove waste products and excess fluid from tissues. This, in turn, may reduce fluid retention and improve the appearance of cellulite.

 Temporary skin tightening: Some people may experience a temporary skin-tightening effect after dry brushing, which can make cellulite less visible. However, this effect is usually short-lived.

How to Dry Brush for Cellulite

Ready to dry brush that cellulite away? Use the steps below to exfoliate, reduce cellulite, and reveal the skin you’ve always wanted.

Step #1: Get a brush

Kinda obvious, but you’re gonna need a firm-bristled brush. We recommend using a brush with natural fibers — organic if you can.

Step #2: Apply moisturizer and brush from bottom to top

Next, grab an oil, lotion, or anti-cellulite cream (we suggest this one). Apply it to clean, dry skin and then get to brushing. But there’s a catch. Don’t brush from head to toe. Instead, brush toe to head — moving from the bottom of your body to the top.
By brushing in an upwards and circular motion, some people believe they stimulate their circulatory system and fight the fat cells that cause cellulite.

Step #3: Brush before or after a shower (not during)

Dry brush before your shower or bath, or immediately after. Doesn’t really matter, as long as your skin is clean and dry. So don’t brush in the shower or if you’re sweaty after the gym.

Step #4: Skip irritated skin

Avoid irritated, sensitive, or inflamed skin. Things like cuts, sunburns, and breakouts don’t benefit from dry brushing. In fact, dry brushing wounded skin can make things worse.

Dry Brushing vs. Subcision vs. Laser Therapy

We’re the first to admit that there’s more than one way to “take care of” cellulite. Some people dry brush, others use fancy lasers, and some of us go as far as making teeny tiny cuts along our skin.

But, what we can’t say is which one is better than the other. Long story short, it all comes down to your skin, your needs, and what you’re comfortable with. What works for won’t work for someone else, and vice versa. So let’s get into three common cellulite treatments and identify key benefits of each.

#1: Dry Brushing

We’ve already covered this, but to recap real quick:Dry brushing is when you use a firm-bristle brush to (believe it or not) brush your skin from toe to head, or bottom to top.Some people report smoother skin, reduced cellulite, and more energy after just a few weeks of dry brushing. Others don’t report any differences at all.But the key benefits are that it’s cost-effective, easy to do yourself at home, non-surgical, and unlikely to cause negative side effects.

#2: Subcision

Subcision cellulite treatment  is kind of like microneedling — but instead of tons of tiny needles, it’s one larger gauge needle. The needle is usually a flat-tipped cannula with a razor-sharp end that’s inserted into the skin at different angles to break up scar tissue, fat cells, and more.Some people use subcision to treat acne scars, others use it for anti-aging (i.e. wrinkles) and cellulite.Although it’s more invasive than dry brushing, subcision isn’t too invasive compared to other treatments. There’s usually no downtime or serious side effects other than pain during the session, and bruising afterwards. Buttttt it’s not as cost-effective as dry brushing or even topical anti-cellulite creams.

#3: Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses highly focused light to target highly specific areas of the body. If you’ve heard of laser hair removal, this process uses lasers to permanently damage hair follicles. And laser therapy for cellulite (kind of) works in the same way.Red light therapy, laser liposuction, and treatments like Cellulaze™ all use lasers to target cellulite on the thighs and booty. Some are more invasive than others, and cost can vary from treatment to treatment.Not to mention, what you pay for laser therapy can be pretty pricey per session. Although, it’ll ultimately come down to how your skin responds and how experienced your technician is.

Dry Brushing Using Oils or Lotions

As the name suggests, dry brushing is typically done dry. That means no water, no liquids, nothing like that. But sometimes, oils and lotions can help hydrate and prevent irritation. And in some cases, anti-cellulite creams used in combo with dry brushing may accelerate results.Everton Skin's cellulite lotion is designed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve the overall texture of the skin. The lotion contains a blend of natural ingredients that work together to target the underlying causes of cellulite.

FAQs: What people ask about dry brushing for cellulite

You wanna know more about dry brushing, and we’ve got all the deets. Check out these FAQs about dry brushing and its benefits.

Can Dry Brushing Cause Skin Irritation?

Yes — if you brush too hard or too frequently, dry brushing can cause skin irritation. And if you have skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or sunburns, you should definitely skip the dry brushing for now. Brushing over wounds, chafing, burns, and so on can make irritated skin even angrier.

How Long does it Take to See Results from Dry Brushing?

Ever heard that good things come to those who wait? Same thing applies to dry brushing newbies. It’ll take a little time, and most people start seeing results in about two weeks. So be patient, keep brushing, and reveal your healthy glow.

Are There any Risks or Side Effects of Dry Brushing?

Skin irritation is the biggie. But the good news is, if you don’t brush too hard or too often, you can avoid it. And if you have things like open wounds, sunburns, or a fresh wax, take a break from brushing for a while until things heal — your skin will thank you.

Taylor Harrison

Taylor Harrison is a content writer for start-ups, non-profits, and consumer brands. Taylor specializes in creating content for conscious companies to help connect with like-minded readers.

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Taylor Harrison

Taylor Harrison is a content writer for start-ups, non-profits, and consumer brands. Taylor specializes in creating content for conscious companies to help connect with like-minded readers.