Cellulite massagers, deep tissue massage, fascia blaster, brushing, and similar techniques are the latest in anti-cellulite home remedies. Massage and creams have been around for years, but dry brushing and fascia blasting are two of the hottest new trends to come along.
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If you haven't heard about it by now, chances are good you will soon. Dry brushing is a type of massage that exfoliates the skin while stimulating the lymph system, which promotes lymphatic drainage.
This process claims to aid in reducing cellulite, and as a result, making your skin look healthier, smoother, and more radiant. Influencers, body and beauty professionals, and all manner of crunchy, healthy lifestyle gurus and celebs are singing its praises.
Similarly, the FasciaBlaster by fitness guru Ashley Black is being marketed as aiding in reducing pain, increasing recovery time from sore muscles, improving blood flow and circulation, and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Similar to an exercise roller that helps with sore and tight muscles, the FasciaBlaster works the same way, but contain nodes that help to compress the fat cells and increase lymph system drainage.
So, why all the buzz when it comes to an in-home treatment? In a word, affordable cellulite reduction.
Well, make that three words, I guess. Ninety percent of all women have or will attain cellulite at some point in their lives, and many pay big bucks to have someone professionally break up cellulite that plagues them in the most common areas of the thighs, stomach, and buttocks.
Cost for cellulite removal can be very high [link to: https://www.realself.com/cellulite-treatment/cost], so if there's a more affordable way to do it on your own, at home, you can count on a high demand. Which there is.
Can massage reduce cellulite?
That's the million-dollar question. In an attempt to separate the myths from the truth we read through the studies done on cellulite and the many treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, including massage and creams.
The general consensus when you cull the research is that a massage or dry brush approach, whether at home or done by a professional, who will most often combine massaging with rolling and vacuuming, does work on a temporary basis.
The studies all point to the same conclusion, which is massaging and the like break up the fat cells and do work to tone the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The main drawback to this is that if you want permanent results you either have to use your technique on an ongoing basis, like forever, or you have to seek a surgical alternative.
There is no cream, oil, or massage that will get rid of your fat cells, and cellulite is just that: fat. When studied over time, women who consistently use a massage mitt, brush, or roller with or without cream or oil showed a definite improvement in before and after pictures.
Another method, of course, is the tried and true diet and exercise program. When you reduce your caloric intake and exercise and drink plenty of water, you will lose fat, and hence cellulite.
Research has shown that women in other cultures, Asian for example, have less cellulite.
It's not because they don't consume as many or more calories as we do, but because they burn them off more effectively and efficiently. We are a more sedentary society, sitting at desk jobs more so than other countries. So, we don't naturally burn as many calories in day-to-day living.
So, the long and the short of it is that yes, if you are hoping to reduce cellulite on your arms, stomach, thighs, buttocks, or even face, massagers (and some creams in combination, especially on the face) work.
They just work on a short-term basis.
If you want to improve the way you look and feel in a bathing suit for an upcoming vacation, or just want to head into summer with smoother, less-dimpled skin, a massage mitt or roller does work.
It just won't last unless you stick with it.
It's a short-term solution. If you want long term effects and to actually remove cellulite, you either have to exercise and diet your way to fat loss, or have the cellulite surgically removed.