Only 5 Minutes A Day For Cellulite-Free Skin - BodyMind Institute

Only 5 Minutes A Day For Cellulite-Free Skin

By Christina Leidenheimer | Physiology

May 22

Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 12 seconds

Dry body brushing is an easy, enjoyable daily practice that will leave your skin smooth and dimple-free. It helps shed dead skin cells while improving the lymphatic and circulatory systems, removing toxins from the body.

I absolutely, positively adore dry body brushing. It is such an easy, all-natural, hassle-free way to care for your skin daily. It’s so rejuvenating for both the mind and body. It gives me a little added pep, like a mini workout for the entire body, minus the sweat. Dry body brushing actually helps stimulate various organs and systems in the body, especially the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is a division of the circulatory system; it moves clear fluids, including toxins and waste matter out of the body. However, the lymphatic system does not have an organ, such as the heart, to help it circulate.

Dry body brushing and self-massage are two easy ways to help facilitate the lymphatic system. And, since the lymphatic system is part of the immune system, dry brushing may help strengthen your immunity.

Dry brushing

So what exactly is dry body brushing? Put simply, it is the practice of gently stroking your skin with a dry brush. A natural bristle brush made from all-natural materials, rather than synthetic is the best type of brush to use because it is less harsh on the skin. Why do I personally advocate dry body brushing?

Well, our environments can wreak havoc on our bodies, especially the skin. Winter and summer climates may exasperate dry skin and other skin issues. Dry brushing daily before I shower, helps keep my skin from cracking. In fact, my skin becomes very smooth, soft to the touch, and healthier in appearance.

Also, since cellulite is toxins within fat cells, dry brushing helps improve circulation to areas where cellulite accumulates (the butt fold and inner and outer thigh areas). 

Dry brushing, done regularly, can help minimize cellulite, improve the immune system, and contribute to visibly smoother, softer skin. It is also very energizing and invigorating!

What is the best method of dry brushing? Dry brushing should be done using upward strokes toward the heart. I like to dry brush before my morning shower, but it can be done at any time. I start from my feet and work my way up my body using gentle yet firm strokes.

When I get to sensitive areas, I use lighter strokes. When I’m done dry brushing, I use coconut oil with a few drops of lavender or peppermint oil, to massage my entire body. Applying the oil before hopping in a warm shower helps my skin absorb the moisture better once it gets wet. If I’m going to wash my hair, I also massage my scalp, as this can help stimulate blood flow to the scalp and help stimulate hair growth.

Skin is the largest organ of the human body. Taking 5-10 minutes per day to care for it is very good practice and it is completely worth the effort.

Benefits of Dry Body Brushing and Self Massage

  1. Stimulates the lymphatic system
  2. Exfoliates the skin by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells
  3. Fuels the circulatory system
  4. Strengthens the immune system via the lymphatic system
  5. Stimulates oil-producing glands to keep skin naturally moistened
  6. Diminishes cellulite
  7. Lessens the effects of premature skin aging by keeping skin tight and healthy
  8. Invigorates the mind and body

About the Author

CHRISTINA MELANCON LEIDENHEIMER born and raised South of New Orleans, Louisiana is a raw food pioneer in "Cajun Country." Raised by a farmer, Christina's admiration for eating and growing plant foods began at a very young age. She is a certified nutrition coach (BodyMind Institute), certified Pilates instructor, ACE certified personal trainer, certified detoxification specialist, and an explorer of all things natural. She is currently studying to become a naturopathic doctor. Christina co-founded three successful health and wellness magazines, The Fit Life ( 2009), Healthy Works (2010) and Inspire Health (2012). She continues as the editor-in-chief of Healthy Works. In November 2014, she published her book, Eat Super-Natural. On August 1st, 2015, she published the book, Super-Natural Juicing- a guide to detoxification and juicing. Through her publications, Pilates classes, and one-on-one health/nutrition coaching, Christina is fulfilling her mission of educating, motivating, and inspiring others to join the journey to natural health and wellness. She promises if you come along for the ride, it's one super-amazing journey!