September 10 2010
Of the many gadgets, creams and treatments that have been devised to prevent and counteract cellulite over the years, there is one that has really stood the test of time. It’s not a high-tech gizmo but a simple, stiff-bristled brush that I’ll wager can be found in many a beauty writer’s bathroom, including my own.
It was Noella Gabriel, currently the director of product and treatment development at spa brand Elemis, but then the much-loved in-house masseuse, who introduced me to the benefits of dry skin-brushing more than a decade ago. Noella used to begin her legendary massages with a brisk, five-minute brush-down using this pure natural cactus bristle brush from Elemis (£18).
The very basic principle is that brushing the skin – always in an upwards direction towards the heart – gets the circulation going and boosts the lymphatic flow, thereby encouraging cellulite deposits to disperse. The process – best done in the morning before you get into the shower – is also said to boost the metabolism, eliminate dead skin cells and help the body’s natural detoxification process. I can’t vouch for any of that, but of all the often fantastical solutions to cellulite over the years, this award-winning brush seems to me to be the most credible, and effective.