The sun shone! We panicked! Yep, the time has come (at last!) to back away from black opaques and liberate your limbs from layers but, chances are your skin is looking slightly... gecko-esque? If your legs are decidedly scaly, eliminate flakes and jump-start your lymph system with this top technique... (and it's *basically* FREE)!   

Quick and close to effortless, body brushing makes a massive difference to your skin tone, texture...it can even help diminish ingrown hairs and indentations (should you wish to). There's absolutely nothing wrong with cellulite and most of us have dimples to a varying degree - it's something that we shouldn't feel ashamed about (we'll get there!) BUT, it's also true that confidence can take a while to catch up with our principles (that's okay too)! It's fine to have some hang-ups (we all do) and, in spite of wanting everyone to celebrate the skin they're in, we know that some of you will want to prep before you don your itsy bitsy new bikini...

Symptomatic of a multitude of factors - from hormones to your gene pool - cellulite is due to fat deposits causing skin to look a little... orange-peely. It's normal and something we shouldn't feel awkward about however, shrugging off a legacy of shame-inducing campaigns starring marble-smooth posteriors is easier in theory than in practice. Few of us are totally beyond the occasional wince when we think of our swimsuit and, nobody's immune to cellulite! So, without further ado, here are our top tips for dry body brushing...

First thing's first... buy a body brush. We know, we know - we witter on about the benefits of body brushing, but believe us. It's one of the best things you can do when it comes to sloughing dead skin, kick-starting sluggish lymph nodes and stimulating circulation to encourage cell regeneration and repair.

Firstly, pick your weapon: we swear by Dr. Barbara Sturm's {Body Brush Soft} for beginners, while those who're au fait can try something a little bit 'stiffer'. goop's {G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush} is made with naturally firm yet non-abrasive sisal fibres from agave, to coax your skin from hibernation, stat.

Little and often is the best tactic. We know someone (ahem) who's gone at body brushing like they're sanding floors − be firm but gentle and do it dry before showering − it opens up your pores and gets skin glowing.

Encourage circulation and lymphatic drainage by brushing towards the 'central' lymph nodes − in the groin, armpits and the base of your neck. Use sweeping circular motions to work your way up the legs, bottom, midriff − then from wrists to shoulders and across your chest but (we'll tell you again), be gentle − you're stimulating skin, not shredding it. The increased blood flow delivers extra oxygen to cells − and because the lymph system doesn't have a central 'pump' − the act of brushing helps accelerate elimination of the metabolic waste that can accumulate in tissue.

Spend more time on the sweet spots such as inner thighs and underarms − and brush in smaller, firmer circles to flush away toxins (which contribute to cellulite) and assist the breakdown of the 'orange peel' effect.

Follow with a cold shower - or at least an icy blast − to shock your circulatory and digestive systems into working even harder.

Then switch to hot and lather up with something zingy (in the morning) or relaxing (before bed). Therapie's awakening {Boost Hair & Body Wash} is great for helping you embrace the day (or wash away your worries) − invigorating senses and hydrating skin with energising oils. Or opt for Pixi's resurfacing {Glycolic Body Wash} − laced with AHAs to loosen dulling dead skin cells while calming skin with soothing aloe and revitalising ginseng. 

Follow with a firming, smoothing body lotion. Ameliorate's {Skin Smoothing Body Lotion} includes Lactic Acid − a gentle (milk-derived) chemical exfoliant − which continues the skin-smoothing and softening process as you go about your day. Or, if your skin has lost its 'stretch', try {Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil} − a strengthening, elasticising blend of pure plant oils which works to lessen signs of scarring (including stretch marks) and restore your skin's youthful 'bounce' and firmness.

Or, slather your newly-smooth skin with Sol de Janeiro's best-smelling {Brazilian Bum Bum Cream}. Not only will it make your bathroom feel like Rio, but its high caffeine content will help to tone and tighten any wobblier-than-you'd-like bits.

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