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Skin Brushing For Cellulite and Detox

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
How To Skin Brush to reduce Cellulite!!


Hello lovely juice feasters! How is the cleanse going?! It’s officially the end of Day 3. How are you feeling? How long are you going to go? If you are interested in joining the Annual Juice Feast you can still join us by purchasing the ebook and following the instructions to get started! Juice Feasting is all about cleansing and detox and I have another super secret method of detox to share with you! It’s called Skin Brushing and it is AMAZING for reducing cellulite and sagging skin!!!

Did You Know?

From Natural Health Techniques: The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day

  • The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands
  • The skin is known also as our third kidney
  • The skin receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body
  • The skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency

Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. Dry brushing is a way to stimulate all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage.

Dry Brushing was recommended by the Finnish Dr., Paavo Airola for his patients 30 years ago and is still popular in European spas and many cancer treatment centers today. The Russians, Turks and Scandinavians have used this treatment for centuries. Dry brushing is promoted as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch, but there are many other benefits as well:

1. Dry brushing removes cellulite – Cellulite is a non-scientific term defined as toxic deposits of subcutaneous fat material and fibrous tissue that are not able to be eliminated and which cause a dimpling effect on the overlying skin. These deposits most commonly occur on the thighs and hips of women. Cellulite can affect men and women of any body weight or size. What causes the toxins? Well, some think that we store the breakdown product of cells as toxins in this subcutaneous tissue. Others think that toxic emotions can be stored in the subcutaneous tissue which then builds up as cellulite.

  •  Your best bets for getting rid of cellulite are dry brushing, massage, working though the emotional issues that are causing the toxins to stagnate, eating foods that feed the skin, an alkaline diet program and a consistent/persistent exercise routine. These techniques will break down the unwelcome toxic body deposits and send them scurrying out your body through the elimination channels we discussed above. And your health will be SO much better for it!
  • Foods that feed the skin include: green vegetable juice, fruits (esp. berries), eggs, fresh dark green leafy vegetables, water rich vegetables like tomatoes & cucumbers, and plenty of purified water

2. Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system.  The Lymph System is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood, so you can see how important this might be. Paavo Airola maintains that dry brushing is an essential part of any intestinal cleansing and healing program.

  • Dry brushing literally moves the lymph containing large proteins and particulate matter that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system. If these proteins stayed in our systems outside the blood vessels, it would attract other fluid. This can result in swollen ankles, limbs, skin issues and cellulite.

3. Dry brushing removes dead skin layers.  Dry skin brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cell renewal. Dry skin is a sign of detoxification. Therefore it’s good to keep the process going by removing the dead skin daily. If the skin becomes congested, this can result in things like eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff.

4. Dry brushing strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing may reduce duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It helps support the immune system during cancer and other chronic illness treatment. By stimulating the lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into organs of detoxification we can purify the entire system. After several days of dry brushing, sometimes you may notice a gelatinous mucoid material in your stools. This is a normal sign that the intestinal tract is renewing itself.

5.  Dry brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands, thus helping all of the body systems perform at peak efficiency. The skin is your body’s largest organ. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. Chemical analysis of sweat shows that it has almost the same constituents as urine.  If the skin becomes inactive, its pores choke with millions of dead cells, uric acid and other impurities which will remain in the body putting extra stress on the liver and kidneys.

6. Dry Brushing tightens the skin by increasing the flow of blood which, in turn moves toxins and lessens the appearance of cellulite. Our bodies make a new top layer of skin every 24 hours – skin brushing removes the old top layer, allowing the clean new layer to come to the surface, resulting in softer, smoother skin.

Skin brushing is amazing for reducing cellulite!


7. Dry Brushing tones the muscles. Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. It also helps mobilize fat and helps to even distribution of fat deposits. This is a great technique for invalids who can’t exercise.

8. Dry brushing stimulates circulation.  Our skin breathes! And yet, in most people, this vital route of detoxification is operating far below its capacity, because it is clogged with dead skin cells and the un-removed waste excreted through perspiration. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energized and invigorated. By activating the circulation you can also prevent varicose veins.

9. Dry brushing improves the function of the nervous system – Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.

What You Need To Dry Brush the Skin:

To dry brush, use a soft natural fiber brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. One with a removable head with a strap for your hand is a good choice. Here’s a picture of what you are looking for:

How To Skin Brush to reduce Cellulite!!

Dry Brushes are available online and at your local health food store. I recommend the Yerba Prima brand. You can also purchase here from and use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 off your first order! That means that it will only be $1.21 after the discount!


Remove your clothes, then take the brush off its handle for easier mobility. Starting with the soles of the feet, begin dry brushing the body using long upward strokes. Brush from the ankles to the calves, concentrating on the area behind the knees, thighs and buttocks to help mobilize fat stores (great for cellulite). Then brush the torso with upward strokes towards the heart. Finally, make long strokes from the wrists to the shoulders and underarms. This should take no more than 5 minutes and will leave you feeling totally invigorated! The best times to brush are in the morning before exercising or showering or before retiring for bed at night.

Happy Brushing!

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31 Responses to “Skin Brushing For Cellulite and Detox”

  1. Maureen February 28, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    Hi Linda,

    I’m feel really really good at the end of Day 3! I’m going to go for at least 10 days. I think I could go even longer if the whole process wasn’t so much work, but at least now I have a routine, and I haven’t encountered any problems.

    I’ve been experimenting with substitutions in my juices, mostly because I want to make sure I’m using produce that could go bad first. I wondered if there are any combinations you try to avoid? For instance, I wanted to use up some broccoli that I’ve had for a few days, but I wanted to make the juice sweet, so I paired it with a cucumber, 2 oranges and a bag of grapes. Also, is it possible to have too much of something in your juices? I’ve found that with the Waldorf and Green Machine recipes, I like the taste more if I double the amount of lemon they call for.

    I have to say, I’m really surprised at how easy this has been. My family has had Chinese take-out and pizza for dinner 2 of the 3 nights I’ve been doing this. In the past I’ve never had enough self-control to eat a healthier option instead, but I’ve felt so good about this juice feast that I can honestly say I haven’t even been tempted. This skin brushing post was incredibly interesting, and I’m going to look into getting a brush! I bought some epsom salts today for a detox bath, and I think it would be great to pamper myself with the brush before one of those too.

    Thank you again!!

    • Linda February 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      Awesome Maureen, you are doing so GREAT!!!! No worries if you are having more of certain ingredients in your juices, just make sure that you are getting lots of greens too! xo

  2. Rachael February 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    This sounds so interesting and so great for your skin. And I love how inexpensive the brush is from iherb.. definitely going to get one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Linda February 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Yes, you will love it! It feels great too, very invigorating!!

  3. kelly March 1, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    hi my name is kelly and im gonna try the skin brushing, but i was wondering you said we could do this at night before bed. can we take a shower after we do the dry brushing? thank you, kelly

    • Linda March 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      yes, you can take a shower afterward!

  4. Nicole March 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Hi Linda, thanks for posting about this! I’ve always been curious. I ordered the brush that you suggested but I find that most areas of my body are actually surprisingly sensitive to the bristles, so I can only brush very softly on these areas (my lower back, belly, chest, and arms). Will I still get the same benefit, and do you think my skin might get used to it a little?

    Thanks so much!

    • Linda March 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

      Hi Nicole,

      Sensitivity is totally normal so just start light and then your body will naturally get used to it! 🙂

      • Nicole March 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

        Thank you so much! I’m going to try it! Also, aside, thank you for posting about these things. Your blog is a huge source of inspiration for me!

  5. Adrianne March 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Hello Linda! Is it still beneficial to brush after exercising? I feel that if I brush before, sweat would clog my freshly opened pores and cause breakouts (especially since I’m prone to breakout on my chest and back). What do you think? Thank you!

  6. Emily April 1, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    How and how often should we clean the brush? I’m excited to start brushing 🙂

  7. Gaia April 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    Thank you for discount code. I will try it and dry brushing. Great info and instructions.

  8. Denise April 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    I’d heard of dry brushing before and your article was more informative than what I’d heard already. I was wondering, how much pressure should you apply while brushing? I’ve noticed that I’m starting to get dimply thighs (UGH) too, so I’m definitely going to give this a try. 😀

    • Linda April 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

      light to moderate pressure 🙂

  9. Nina June 25, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Hi I have been dry-brushing my skin, eating clean and doing excersices every day for 2 weeks. I am focusing my dry-brushing in my thights because of the celullte and I noticed a few red pimples in there(which is a weird place for pimples and i never had them there before) Of course I knoe is because of the brushing because is exactly in the place I brush the most…. Is this normal at the begining of the dry-brushing treatment? Would they go away?

    • Linda August 6, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

      yes, it can be part of your bodies natural detox. Has it improved since then?

  10. kiran August 8, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    thanks ,linda, i’ve gone through ur blog & found really helpful tips ,thanks

  11. Sassy Dove November 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Thanks for this! I exercise vigorously on a daily basis, watch my diet and am overall one of the healthiest people I know. I am very happy with the appearance of my body except for some stubborn excess thigh fat and cellulite that just won’t seem to go away no matter what I do. You’ve inspired me to try dry brushing which I hope will help me get over the hump (and bumps!). Thanks a million!
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    • Linda November 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

      absolutely! Let me know how it goes! Dry brush morning and night for best results!

  12. Nicole May 20, 2014 at 5:42 am #


    I was just wondering how long you recommend dry skin brushing over cellulite affected areas to help make reduce it?

    I can’t seem to find any information on this.


    • Linda May 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      Hi Nicole, you can do it AM & PM daily as needed 🙂

  13. michelle January 5, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    hello my name and Michelle already rummaged in several sites any tips to get eliminate cellulite and still had not found a clue how this brush .. excellent tip ‘m your number one fan forced ‘m sure I’ll have results

  14. Maria Ramirez via Facebook April 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Denise Paz

  15. Jessica Clark via Facebook June 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    I love dry brushing before taking an epsom salt bath. So simple but it feels luxurious. Spa day every day!

  16. lorretta porter January 4, 2016 at 3:57 am #

    I have been dry brushing for 11 months lost 61 pounds have very very little cellulite and my tone of muscle is excellent. just started exercising 30 days ago I look magnificent like I have been working out for months. Love dry bushing is would be like no brushing your teeth. I do it every single solitary morning before shower and every single night before bed. I wipe down at night with warm cloth. Use different carrier oils based on mood, what I am wearing how thick I want it to be. I have turned a lot of people on to dry brushing. read many many articles on it I liked yours a lot.

    Can not emphasize the importance of it. Cellulite removal should be the last of the reasons why the immune and insides are the most important.

    If someone will last two weeks they will never stop. I do not recommend the detachable brush as it falls off too many times. I do not do my bottom of my feet as I invested in a 29.00 amjoi to do that once a week. If not, I would do the bottom.

    I would never go to bed without brushing by skin, brushing my teeth or washing my face. It just has to be. Plus think of all the less dust you have in your house.


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