Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dry body brushing

Okay, after my feature on Divasoria's Glossy, many people are asking about dry body brushing. Since Twitter's 140 characters can't contain all the wonders of this regimen, I decided to blog about it!

I'm really skinny. My friends always tell me, "Why are you always covering up? If I were skinny like you, I'd be in shorts and tank tops every day!' Well, the reason is one ugly word: cellulite.

When I turned 30, dimples appeared on my butt and thighs. Not a lot but they were spreading. After I gave birth at 33, I was suffering from post-pregnancy cellulite like you can't imagine. Cellulite on thighs, arms, butt, stomach. Nothing got rid of it. Then I got pregnant again and after I gave birth, cellulite quadrupled. I've tried all the creams and exercises. Nada. I could live with the stretchmarks but cellulite was just damn ugly.

Then I read on her website, Kora, that Miranda Kerr—only my peg on looking absolutely fabulous!—uses dry body brushing on her beautiful mommy body. And so I have done the same.

Dry body brushing is brushing your entire body with a brush. Ya, it really is as simple as that. Your skin and brush have to be dry so it's a bit painful at first. You also have to be naked so you can brush every inch of skin. So do this in the shower. Here's a long video on it. It's very home video so be patient but it's the most comprehensive one I found.



I find it so interesting how her mouth hardly opens when she talks!

Anyway, I started dry body brushing last September. I use a long-handle brush I bought from MUJI for about P700. I think Body Shop has nice ones, too.

I count 10 strokes per side. So it's like 10 strokes on the top of my foot, 10 strokes on the sole, 10 strokes on my shin, 10 strokes on my calf, front thigh, back thigh, butt cheeks. And so on and so forth. Ten strokes on every exposed part of me! The brushing exfoliates your skin so you get softer and smoother. I brush towards my heart, towards my lymph nodes. This stimulates blood circulation, which facilitates distribution of oxygen and vitamins and minerals all over your body and to your skin, and flushes out toxins.

That was the first thing I noticed actually—the flushing out. As the woman in the video mentioned, and I hope you don't get disgusted by this paragraph, you'll really notice your bowel movements change. I've always been constipated. In the first week of dry body brushing, I noticed that my toilet appointments have become more regular and much easier. But my cellulite was still there. I figured, "Okay, my skin still looks awful but at least I'm no longer constipated!" So I continued with the brushing.

After a month (yes, just one month!), I noticed that my skin was less dimply. Much smoother. Bowel movements still regular. After almost three months, I have no more cellulite on my limbs. No more cellulite! I look so frikkin' good!

I still have some bumps and dimples on my tummy, though. Really still ugly. So no bikinis for me. Yet!

Try dry body brushing! I highly recommend it!!!

18 comments:

Rae said...

I have a feeling that Muji is gonna run out of body brushes. :D

Smither Reens said...

Alright Im sold, Im going to start body brushing! I heard about this long ago but I thought it was just for aesthetic reasons. But after reading about the detox it does, I'll be on the hunt for the perfect body brush. No Muji where I am. Thank you for sharing!!! :)

Aicha Amano said...

Wow, that's really awesome because it works! I have a loofa with a long handle, can I use that instead? I only really use it to scrub my back every other day.

Beauty For A Living said...

Smither Reens, just Google body brushes. I'm sure you'll find one sold near you =)

Aicha, it has to be a body brush. The bristles are kinda stiff (so they're kinda painful).

Anonymous said...

Its mdnight and im LOL'ing on the video caption! Thanks for posting this!

judy mallo-cueto said...

Thank you for this POST!!! :) I have cellulites everywhere :D

One question though, how often do you need to do it? is it like everyday?


Thank You! :)

Beauty For A Living said...

Judy, as often as you shower. If you take a bath every day, that should do it. If you take a shower every week, I don't think it will work =P

Chriscie said...

i love dry body brushing... using it for a month na...

Bambam said...

It's amazing that your cellulite is all gone! I was resigned to the fact that I will have to live with cellulite forever....I'm on my my to Muji right now to buy a Body Brush!

judy mallo-cueto said...

Lol! Everyday, then :) thank you again!

missM said...

Can we do body brushing more than once a day? and is it ok to do it at night even though i'm not going to take a bath?

Chesa said...

Hello! Oh my gosh. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a brush (Beauty Bar has one for less than P400) and have been using it everyday since. This week, I noticed the change you mentioned in the 4th from the last paragraph. I found it peculiar because I'm like you in the sense you described, haha! And then I read this post and it all makes sense to me now! Thank you for this post! :)

Everyday SuperGirl said...

I have been dry body brushing for about 4 years now ever since my French coworker told me that that was her secret for looking young. She is in her late 50s and doesn't look a day older than 30! I swear those French women know all the secrets, or they drink from a fountain of youth? Lol.

Beauty For A Living said...

MissM, I dunno. Try it and see if it works faster and better! =)

Lorie said...

Found body brush at Watson's. It has natural boar bristles, pwede na ba yun? Matigas din yung bristles nya e.

Anonymous said...

ms frances, i just happened to remember your divasoria entry while shopping and thought of dropping by Muji to buy the body brush. Guess what, out of stock. I asked the sales person to call other branches and see if they have stocks. Greenbelt, Rockwell, BHS, no avail. Only MOA has, and i think they will run out soon. Haha. Im guessing most of the buyers are your readers (like me) who were so influenced by that dry body brushing ;)

Susan Graves said...

Are you sure that I can do it regularly?

chic

Mamainheels- Janise said...

Very interesting! I might give it a try. Would love for you stop by and share your beauty tips with us for our weekly BeautyBuzz Link Up at http://www.mamainheels.com/2014/01/28/beauty-buzz-link-up-salon-hair-color-for-less-than-9/. Hope to see you there :)

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