A Happy Body in 6 Steps , 11 Comments

 Many women pay so much attention to perfecting the skin on their face that they forget about giving the necessary TLC to the skin on their body. Simple, regular body maintenance will help keep skin smooth, even, and beat pesky cellulite. I’ve been trying to figure out the best methods for my skin for years. Combating cellulite around the upper thighs on the back of the legs is a problem zone for many women. No matter how much weight you lose it can still annoyingly persist. After incorporating these methods habitually, I have seen a noticeable improvement in the appearance and texture of my skin. 

If you haven’t already, rid your diet of as many toxins as possible. Processed foods and those with a lot of preservatives and chemicals will sit as toxins in your body and these can trigger more cellulite.  Use detox methods regularly such as detox tea or as our own SZL health expert, Allie explains here.

  • Buy a body brush. A lot of people think body brushing is bizarre, but I started doing it a couple years ago in college and the habit stuck with me. It increases circulation and aids in detoxification, so it’s highly effective for improving skin’s appearance and it feels amazingly good!  There are a few different types of brushes so it’s best to start out with a less harsh brush such as a Tampico Skin Brush. This is what I started with and have tried others, but I always come back to it because the bristles are firm and effective - but not ouch-firm. You can also try a Jute Body Brush with a shorter handle - it’s really a preference. To achieve total results, please remember to ensure your brush is made from natural bristles.

Body brushing steps:

  • Always dry brush. This is best for detoxing the skin and you should brush right before a shower or bath in the morning. 
  •  Start brushing at the feet in a circular motion and work your way up or towards the heart. I usually do each foot, legs, then the torso, arms, chest, and backside. Brush your whole body minus the face and spend more time brushing areas where you feel need the most work. I usually brush for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Shower with a body wash that is all natural and moisturizing. After brushing, your pores are opened up to soak in what you put on them so this is a great opportunity to nourish the skin. According to Dr. Mercola, named the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the HuffPost, “It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun.”

Use a body oil right after drying off. Focus it mainly on the problem areas and massage it into the skin in a circular motion. I use a lemon-based oil but many organic brands such as Rodin have great essential body oils. Then moisturize the rest of your body as normal.In conjunction with this routine, I switch off exfoliating my skin once or twice a week with a body scrub and a homemade remedy of organic coffee grinds mixed with a little water.

Your body will send you a thank you card in the mail later! -Kacey Williams