Madonna's Yoga Guru Shares Her Trick to Getting Rid of Cellulite

Celebrity Beauty Aug. 11, 2012 AT 1:30PM
Madonna visits the Hard Candy Fitness - Moscow on August 6, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.
Madonna visits the Hard Candy Fitness - Moscow on August 6, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: Gennadi Avramenko/Epsilon/Getty

Even A-listers are prone to those dreaded thigh dimples called cellulite. But instead of splurging on expensive creams boasting promising results, Kiki Flynn, who was Madonna's private yoga instructor for several years, says there's a less-messy, all-natural method to dealing with the unsightly skin issue: dry brushing.

"Dry brushing increases circulation by using a natural-fiber body brush to brush skin in small brisk circles from toe to head," Flynn, whose how-to YouTube video has been viewed over 62,000 times, tells Us Weekly. "Plus it aids in detox and lymphatic drainage so it actually boosts your immune system."

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Below, Flynn, who has been involved with natural health and yoga for over 30 years and teaches at Pure Yoga in NYC, explains how to brush away thigh dimples.

1. Begin at feet and brush in small, brisk circles on the feet, on the ankles and in long oval strokes up the shins, calves and around the knees.

2. Continue with brushing up the thighs on both front and back. Any area that seems congested with toxins, water retention, or cellulite, take a few extra strokes. Skin will redden as the circulation increases.

3. Continue in clockwise circles over the abdomen and lower back.

4. Begin stroking around hips, continuing in gentle upward strokes towards the heart and lightly over the chest.

5. Brush the hands, along the forearms and upper arms. Finish with a few gentle strokes up the neck. Follow-up with a moisturizer all over.

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Flynn recommends Yerba Prima Tampico Skin Brush ($9.95, yerba.com) and Hydrea London Professional Body Brush ($12, spiritbeautylounge.com). "If you have fair skin that reddens easily, you can use a soft dry washcloth rather than a brush," she adds.

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