How to Get Rid of Cellulite
Someone once told me that cellulite is the battle-scar of a battle well-fought and worn. Perhaps what the person was alluding to was that since grown women mostly have cellulite, it is an emblem of the things we’ve been through and we should be proud and not ashamed of it. However, in reality, not many can be persuaded that their cellulite should be worn with pride, and frankly, there is nothing bad in wanting a smoother skin, or changing a look you don’t feel comfortable with, as long as such change comes with no health risk.
This post has been designed as a one-stop post if you are looking to remove your cellulite and look healthier, but first, let’s define cellulite, debunk some myths and note other preliminary tidbits.
Cellulite is not a medical disease but a harmless condition which occurs when fat underneath the skin gives it a dimpled, bumpy, or “orange peel” appearance. Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin and occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin.
Cellulite is also much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat cells, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men’s and women’s skin. Between 80 and 90 percent of women will at one point or the other have cellulite. Since it is almost universal in adult females and has no health risk, it is considered normal. Even slender women in excellent physical condition can have cellulite.
The cause of cellulite is a genetic difference in the way adipose tissue (body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy and also cushions and insulates vital organs) and connective tissue (body tissues that support organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments) form. Cellulite is therefore not a function of excess weight, at least not directly as cellulite affects people whether they are overweight or not. Other causes of cellulite include pregnancy and an inactive lifestyle, smoking, family history, skin thickness, gender, the amount and distribution of body fat, and age – all of which can determine the extent to which cellulite is present or visible. People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite. Wearing underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks can limit blood flow, and this may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
To treat the appearance of cellulite, numerous treatments are available, but the effect is mostly temporary so continuous application is required. One is the use of essential oil. Rosemary essential oil is known to increase circulation by warming the organs underneath the skin. With the vigorous application of rosemary essential oil, the appearance of cellulite decreases over time. Besides, rosemary is low-cost and has other health benefits compared to other treatments in this article.
Other treatments for cellulite include acoustic wave therapy (AWT also called Lipotripsy) applies acoustic waves (also called sound, pressure or shockwaves) to the affected areas; laser, light, or radiofrequency therapy combine suction or massage with light therapy for the temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite; subcision which involves insertion of a needle beneath the skin to break up bands of fibrous connective tissue that separate the clusters of fat cells; retinol creams and other creams and methylxanthines creams (chemicals which break down fat); and carboxytherapy is a medical procedure in which carbon dioxide (CO2) gas is injected just beneath the skin.
However, these are not all the means people try to get rid of cellulite. Some try to tan, either by sunlight or artificial ultraviolet, to disguise the appearance of cellulite. Truly, this is redundant and a mere waste of resources which may worsen its appearance. In addition, ultraviolet light is a major risk factor for skin cancer. Other people try dramatic weight loss program. While living healthy is good, dramatic weight loss does not cut it as cellulite affects slender people and it may worsen its appearance.
In conclusion, it must be restated that cellulite is not a medical problem and does not have adverse health consequences. Most treatments are temporary if not continued on a regular basis as there is no permanent solution to getting rid of it. Going through expensive procedures constantly may make a dent in your finances which is why we advocate for the use of rosemary essential oil since it is a low-cost option compared to all the other procedures. Furthermore, although prevention of cellulite may not be possible, it is reasonable to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Getting plenty of rest, eating a well-rounded diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, along with a consistent exercise regimen will go a long way in controlling the appearance of cellulite. Maintaining hydration (drinking plenty of fluids) and smoking cessation may also make cellulite less noticeable.
Cellulite Massage Oil Blend
- 20 drops rosemary.
- 20 drops fennel.
- 15 drops juniper.
- 15 drops grapefruit.
- 5 drops geranium.
Rosemary: Rosemary is a great all around oil that combats fluid retention and toxin buildup in the tissues. It’s also a great oil for memory improvement and reduces mental fatigue with its brain stimulant properties.
Fennel: Fennel has potent diuretic properties that help the body speed up the elimination of stored up waste materials and reduces the prevalence of water retention in the tissue. It’s properties also make it practical for breaking up the fatty deposits under the surface of the skin.
Juniper: Well known for it’s detoxifying and cleansing properties, juniper is highly regarded for reducing acne, fluid retention, and cellulite. It helps to clear and stimulate the mind as well. It’s an excellent tonic for the skin and joint pain/arthritis as well.
Grapefruit: Grapefruit is an uplifting oil that refreshes and eases a stressed-out mind and body. Grapefruit oil encourages the elimination of cellular toxins making it a great everyday oil for treating cellulite and fluid retention. A bonus of grapefruit oil is appetite reduction, as it can help to curb excess cravings and binge eating.
Geranium: Geranium is a great all around oil that is especially supportive of the skin. It also improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to diminish water retention and eliminate toxins. A simple way to use geranium for cellulite is to mix 6 drops of the oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and firmly massage into the effected areas.
Directions: In a 5 ml glass bottle combine your essential oils and shake to blend
Ways to use your Cellulite Massage Oil Blend
Below are a few ways you can make use of your massage blend.
- Dry brushing: Before taking a shower or bathing sprinkle 1-2 drops of your cellulite massage blend onto a natural-bristle body brush. Using small circular motions brush your limbs upwards the hear (stimulating and improving circulation)
- In the bath: While filling your tub with warm water take a small non-reactive bowl and combine 1 tsp (5 mL) milk and 4-6 drops of your Cellulite Massage Oil. Add the mixture to the tub once it’s filled. Agitate and disperse the oils then soak for 30 minutes, massaging any floating droplets of oil into your skin. Important: wait until the bath is filled to add your oils. Don’t add under steaming, pouring water as the tub fills to avoid evaporation of the oils.
- Massage: In a small non-reactive bowl combine 4 tsp (20 mL) of grapeseed or sweet almond oil and 10 drops of your Cellulite Massage Oil.