Here’s a riddle for you: No woman wants it, but every woman gets it? What’s that? – Yes, it’s cellulite.
Some called it orange peel skin, others cottage cheese thighs. Whatever term used, they are all unflattering descriptions and sure not anything you want to associate with your appearance. While I’m all for loving your skin the way it is, if there’s the option to reduce the appearance of those annoying dimples, why not try it?
And as it happens, there are some ways you can improve the appearance of your skin. And not all of them are expensive cosmetic treatments. In fact, you can go for something that’s completely natural, simple and affordable – essential oils for cellulite.
How do essential oils reduce the appearance of cellulite, you may ask? Well, for starters they help remove the toxins that accumulate in the fat cells and are responsible for the uneven appearance of the skin. And when combined with an exfoliant, they also promote blood circulation, allowing the skin to regenerate and become brighter.
But to be effective, the essential oils you use need to have antiseptic, direct and astringent qualities. These are the qualities that will flush toxins and improve the tone and elasticity of the skin, key in preventing and improving the appearance of cellulite. So, make sure to do your research. If you’re interested in trying essential oils for cellulite, here are some other things you should know.
How to Use Essential Oils for Cellulite
The best way to use essential oils to help prevent and improve cellulite is to dilute them with a carrier oil and massage into the skin using your hand or a brush. Another great way is to add a few drops to a homemade body scrub and massage it into the skin in circular motions. Let’s take a look at some of the best essential oils for cellulite.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil has powerful detoxifying properties as well as the ability to improve circulation and metabolism. It helps the lymphatic system in removing toxins and decreasing fluid retention, which promotes the regeneration of cells. Add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to a carrier oil like coconut and massage in the affected area daily. Know that grapefruit oil might induce UV damage, so avoid going out in the sun after application.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil helps the body get rid of excess water, stimulates circulation and boosts the lymphatic system. It blends well with oregano, grapefruit and cypress. Experts suggest rosemary oil might not be safe for pregnant women.
Citrus Essential Oils
Citrus oils such as tangerine, line, lemon and orange oils have diuretic properties and the ability to enhance circulation. They are known to promote lymphatic drainage and are often used in massage oil blends for fat loss, which consequently helps with cellulite. Citrus essential oils blend well with oregano, juniper, grapefruit and basil oils. Keep in mind that citrus oils can cause phototoxicity when exposed to direct sunlight, so avoid using them before going outdoor.
Juniper Essential Oil
Juniper oil has diuretic properties, which means it helps the body detoxify. It is also a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, which makes it a natural skin toner that can help reduce skin blemishes. For these reasons, juniper essential oil is a common ingredient in anti-cellulite oil blends and bath oils. Juniper oil blends well with fennel and grapefruit oils.
Geranium Essential Oil
In addition to smelling amazing, geranium also has abilities to improve skin health. Considered an effective tonic, antiseptic and diuretic, geranium essential oils is the choice when it comes to preventing and improving the appearance of cellulite. Research has shown that this oil is effective in removing dead cells, improving skin tone and complexion, as well as promoting the regeneration of skin cells. Blend it with your favourite carrier oils and massage to the skin.
Fennel Essential Oil
Having strong diuretic properties, fennel essential oil helps improve the elimination of toxins by decreasing water retention. For best results, blend it with other essential oils such as rosemary. Mix a couple of drops of fennel essential oils with a couple of drops of rosemary essential oils and then add about 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Massage this blend into the affected area twice a week.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is an energising and calming oil that helps flush toxins, enhance blood circulation and reduce fluid retention. It also has astringent and antiseptic properties, which helps promote healthy and radiant skin. To use it to improve cellulite, mix a few drops with a carrier oil and massage in a circular motion.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
This oil has the ability to stimulate the lymphatic system and improve the circulation in the blood vessels, thus helping expel toxins and reduce cellulite. Consider taking cinnamon tea regularly to complement the treatment.
Methods to Apply Cellulite Essential Oil
- Massaging – massage the oil in a circular motion. This motion helps improve blood circulation as well as improve the skin’s quality. Consider doing this before you take a shower – this will help open up the pores in the skin and remove toxins.
- Dry Brushing – Apply a few drops of the oil on a body brush and brush in an upward motion. This improves blood circulation under the skin. You should also do this before showering.
- Bathing – this method allows the oil to penetrate into the skin. While bathing pinch and gently hit the affected areas to help the oil break the fat deposits. You can also massage the areas underwater.