Let's get one thing straight: detox diets and body lotions aimed at banishing cellulite almost definitely won't actually banish cellulite. And that's not just our opinion, the dermatologists are with us as well. But before you lose all hope of trying to achieve supermodel-esque limbs before whipping on your gingham playsuit this Summer, there is something that can help - dry body brushing.
A regular dry scrub using a brush over the thighs and bum is proven to do more to erase dimples and tone any wobbly bits than the hundreds of lotions, potions and creams that flood the beauty sphere daily.
And diminishing cellulite isn't the only amazing thing the humble bristle brush can do - it has amazing benefits for your overall health and well-being of your body, too.
"Luminous skin sends a message of health and vitality," says Katie Neal, body and skincare expert at Mio, "and the secret to vibrant, dewy skin lies in your commitment to caring for it. Body brushing can also improve the immune system and increase energy, which is why it should be a staple in every beauty regime."
Here's what you need to know...
The best dry body brushes out there right now:
Aromatherapy Associates Body Brush - 2,254.27 BUY
The coarse, cactus bristles make for a truly invigorating scrub. No wonder it has such a huge beauty journo following.
ESPA Skin Brush - 1,802.74 BUY
The natural bristles in ESPA's wooden brush are super-sturdy yet have the ability to reach even the jiggly bits of flesh around the thighs.
Mio Body Brush - 1,631.29 BUY
Mio's boar bristle brush also boasts massage nodules to enhance your pre-shower scrub. Skip the salon and invest in this baby.
Aevi Wellness Karmameju Recharge Ionic Body Brush - 4,957.39 BUY
Body-care collides with science in this clever brush which supercharges the skin with negative ions to soup up the transportation of oxygen to the cells. Be quick - it's constantly selling out.
Green People Age Defy & Body Brush - 721.07 BUY
The longer handle makes reaching areas such as your back much less of an effort and the natural bristles are compatible with even the most sensitive skin.
Iris Hantverk Body Brush -1,486.99 BUY
This handmade brush will give your bedside table a touch of rustic charm; the horsehair bristles are flexible yet vigorous.
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From: ELLE UK