Lymphatic drainage isn’t the sexiest phrase in the English language (and cellulite is a downright dirty word in Englishand French), but it could be the secret to sexy legs for the summer. Here’s a look at how French women combat one of the most unglamorous beauty problems: cellulite.
Despite its immense following in France, lymphatic drainage massage is just starting to become a popular part of beauty regimens in the U.S. It works by stimulating circulation to help the body eliminate toxins and get rid of cellulite: that dimpled appearance caused by fat pushing against connective tissue in the skin.
This particular massage can be done in a professional setting or at home, using a scrub and an anti-cellulite cream. The cream should be applied gently in a circular motion to help activate circulation throughout the lymphatic system and get rid of toxins to promote healthy, glowing skin.
Lymphatic drainage is a serious massage, so it’s best to book a professional massage or discuss with your dermatologist, physician, or holistic practitioner before initiation.
Sometimes called the "juice cleanse of the beauty world," dry brushing is an easy way to perform lymphatic drainage on yourself in the privacy of your own bathroom. Bonus: it’s also cheap and quick.
If you’re unfamiliar with the practice, dry brushing for cellulite is essentially a combination of exfoliation and massage. The firm bristles of the brush smooth away dead skin cells for a thorough exfoliation while the pressure helps stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Dry brush devotees report benefits from smoother skin to increased energy. In fact, most experts recommend dry-brushing in the morning, rather than before bed, because many find the practice to be energizing. Here’s how to do it:
Dry brushing involves sweeping a dry brush (go figure!) over your (dry, not damp) body, working upward from your feet toward the heart. When you get to your arms, start at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upward or brush in a circular motion. For the stomach, work clockwise.
Note: don’t scrub your thighs until they’re raw — the skin should never be scratched or damaged. As such, avoid dry brushing if you have a skin condition like rosacea or eczema.
Some people use the brush on its own; others apply a bit of body oil to the brush before they use it. If you decide to use oil, it’s best to shower before you brush. If not, shower after you brush and then apply oil or hydrating lotion. Either way, dedicate three to five minutes to brushing before or after you shower.
With regular sessions, dry brushing for cellulite can help stimulate blood flow, treat trouble spots and leave skin feeling soft and radiant.
Consider that a secret worth sharing — or not ;)