What is a Cellulite Brush?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

A cellulite brush is a brush made with firm bristles that are intended for use directly on the skin. The purpose of this kind of brush is to stimulate circulation and reduce the amount and visibility of cellulite. These brushes are intended for use on dry skin. However, a few drops of oil can be applied to the skin prior to using a cellulite brush.

Cellulite brushes are used to stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite brushes are used to stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

A cellulite brush can be used on its own or as part of a cellulite-removing massage. Most manufacturers of these types of brushes offer information about the best methods of use. Be sure to read these instructions before use so as not to damage or bruise the skin. Such instructions often indicate where to begin on the body and the proper direction of the brush strokes for each body part.

Wearing slimming undergarments can help minimize the appearance of cellulite in lieu of a cellulite brush.
Wearing slimming undergarments can help minimize the appearance of cellulite in lieu of a cellulite brush.

While cellulite may be concentrated in specific areas such as the hips, thighs, buttocks, and belly, it is usually advised to use a cellulite brush over the entire body. This is because of the belief that improving and promoting circulation is one of the key ways to reduce cellulite. Using a brush on the entire body, even extremities that are far from the sites of the cellulite, will help to improve overall circulation and therefore help to reduce cellulite.

It is common for these types of brushes to be made with natural bristles. Some are also designed with a massaging tool on the side of the brush that is opposite the bristles. A cellulite massager is usually made from soft rubber and is covered in short, rounded nubs. This part of the brush is intended to be used while targeting specific areas of cellulite. When firmly applied to the skin and rubbed in circular motions, the cellulite massager is intended to break up cellulite.

When using the massager on a cellulite brush, it is acceptable to also use oil or lotion on the skin. In fact, using some sort of moisturizer will help to smoothly move the massager along the skin. It is best to use an oil or lotion that is made with natural, skin-soothing ingredients such as aloe, Vitamin E, or jojoba oil.

When trying to rid the body of cellulite, it is important to drink plenty of water. This helps to flush and cleanse the body. Drinking is helpful in the process of ridding the body of cellulite and cellular waste.

It is important to drink plenty of water when trying to rid the body of cellulite.
It is important to drink plenty of water when trying to rid the body of cellulite.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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