If you’re a woman, you probably have cellulite. This is not a broad statement, as 80-90% of women have it. This condition, characterized by bumpy, uneven skin texture, can go away without treatment for some. Others (in fact, most) aren’t so lucky and must turn to anti-cellulite products, such as creams, exfoliators, and serums – to name a few.
In this article, we provide a detailed routine on how to get rid of cellulite with Life’s Butter dry brush and anti-cellulite cream. We’ll also share how your diet can play a significant role in causing cellulite and what you should avoid eating.
Before we go any further, it’s important to state that results will vary, as everybody is different. However, consistency can yield positive results for most.
Dry Brushing to Remove Cellulite
As you know, we’re fans of dry brushing. The right brush and method can make a huge difference in fading your cellulite and stretch marks. Dry brushing is not a new practice. It has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years to produce healthy skin.
It also doesn’t require a brush, but if you have a Life’s Butter ultra-fine bristle brush, you’re off to a great start. The massaging tool used (from brushes to loofahs) makes all the difference – that and knowing the proper massaging technique, which we’ll share with you today.
How is Dry Brushing Effective?
Why is this simple tool such an effective anti-cellulite product? Essentially, dry brushing is an exfoliation technique (that’s why it’s important to use ultra-fine, soft bristles). The bristles slough away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, producing healthy new skin underneath. This technique also stimulates blood circulation to produce collagen, which can help fade away those pesky stretch marks.
Upon first massaging, you should notice skin that is brighter, smoother, and softer. With consistency, you may start to see reduced cellulite, as exfoliation plumps the skin, causing cellulite to fade. This technique may not entirely get rid of your cellulite, but it can keep future cellulite at bay. Massaging breaks up fat deposits that sit underneath the skin, which can prevent more from developing.
Pair Your Massage with an Anti-Cellulite Cream
When you regularly dry brush a few times a week, you will start to notice smoother, firmer skin. Dry brushing works well on its own but is more effective when you follow up with anti-cellulite cream.
Many people have reservations about anti-cellulite creams, which we understand. Many on the market either don’t work, are too expensive, or both. The good news is using the right cream at least twice weekly can improve skin firmness and elasticity, as well as the appearance of cellulite. Buying an expensive product from a name-brand company won't do the trick. It's the ingredients that matter, which is why we recommend Life’s Butter Anti-Cellulite Cream.
Its main ingredients aren’t just all-natural but scientifically proven to work. These include:
- Nelumbo nucifera Leaf Extract (lotus leaf)
- Chondrus Crispus Extract (red algae)
- Coconut Extract
- Coenzyme Q10
You probably know some of these ingredients, while others may go over your head. Here’s a brief introduction to some of the most effective anti-cellulite ingredients this product has to offer.
This is a naturally occurring amino acid that the body produces. Among its many benefits are its moisturizing abilities and how it triggers human cells to hold onto moisture. Although people produce L-carnitine naturally, some factors can prevent them from producing enough, such as aging.
Some experts believe L-carnitine to be an important fat-burning chemical, which is why it’s often an ingredient in creams. It effectively reduces cellulite by breaking up the bulges of fat (cellulite) that currently exist.
Also called coconut oil, this ingredient is effective at breaking down fat deposits. When used topically, coconut oil easily absorbs into the skin, nourishing it, breaking fat deposits, and creating an overall smoother texture.
In fact, many people use coconut oil directly after showering, massaging it into the areas that have cellulite, then following up with a dry brush massage to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system.
Also referred to as COQ10, this nutrient benefits every cell in the human body. As a powerful antioxidant, COQ10 can protect cells against free radicals, which break down collagen. COQ10 deficiency is common, as our bodies produce very little of this vital nutrient, so it’s essential to incorporate foods that are rich in COQ10 to make up for what the body cannot produce.
Steps to Dry Brushing with Life’s Butter Anti-Cellulite Cream
Now that you know you need a brush with natural (not artificial!) bristles and a good-quality cream with natural ingredients, here’s what to do for effective results. Follow these steps after you shower.
- Massage in circular motions with your dry brush. We recommend massaging your entire body, not just the areas that currently have cellulite.
- Don’t go over one area more than a few times, as this may result in over-exfoliating.
- Start at the bottom and work upward, as this technique massages the lymphatic system.
- Avoid all sensitive areas, such as parts of the skin that have cuts, scratches, or skin conditions, like eczema.
- Apply a generous amount of Life’s Butter Anti-Cellulite Cream to the affected areas. It’s recommended to do this after exfoliating for two reasons. First, it returns moisture to the skin. Second, exfoliating preps the skin and makes ingredients in your other products more effective. Goodbye, cellulite!
Follow these steps a few times a week. If you have sensitive or dry skin, do this technique twice a week. When dry brushing, don’t assume you need to be aggressive. The bristles will effectively do their job even as you apply gentle rotations.
How Your Diet Causes Cellulite
We wish we could say those simple steps are all it takes to reduce cellulite, but your diet also plays an important role. It's more important to avoid foods that cause cellulite, as no food can “get rid” of cellulite. Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as berries, leafy greens and fish may reduce the appearance, but this is no guarantee.
So, even if you already have cellulite, you can take preventative measures by eliminating the following foods from your diet.
Most processed foods contain a lot of salt, sugar, and fat. Ultimately, this can enlarge fat cells in your body.
Carbs can also enlarge fat cells, which is why it’s good to steer clear of processed carbs, such as pastries, candy, and pasta. You may think weight gain is the primary reason to avoid these foods, but in fact, it’s inflammation. Inflammation can cause fat cells to get bigger and break down connective tissues.
Fried foods are extremely high in fat. This can contribute to poor blood and oxygen flow. If you continue to eat fried foods, before you know it, fat will develop in new areas of your body.
Fried foods don’t just cause cellulite. It’s also terrible for your skin. Foods that are cooked at high temperatures have toxic substances that can clog pores, and produce excess sebum, resulting in acne.
You don’t have to live with cellulite for the rest of your life. You can take small steps, such as purchasing the right products and learning the right techniques to reduce cellulite. You can also take big steps, like changing your diet, eliminating bad foods, and incorporating more antioxidants into your diet. Taking the initiative won’t get rid of your cellulite today or tomorrow. But over time, you will see results.