Cellulite gives your skin a lumpy, bumpy appearance that’s similar to cottage cheese. If you have it, you're not alone -- approximately 10 percent of men and 90 percent of women are affected by this condition. Cellulite is caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal changes and poor circulation. Although topical treatment with skin brushing and essential oils can't cure cellulite, it can help make cellulite a bit less noticeable by improving your skin’s overall appearance.
Brushing temporarily diminishes the appearance of cellulite by improving the circulation in your skin and the the layer of fat below your skin. Circulation plumps the skin to give it a smoother look while minimizing lumps and bumps. Certain essential oils also increase circulation in your skin; rosemary oil is believed to improve circulation while strengthening blood vessels and promoting the renewal of skin cells. There's no scientific evidence that skin brushing creates lasting, permanent effects, but it can offer short-term benefits.
Applying essential oils to your skin offers various benefits, ranging from aiding in detoxification to boosting collagen production, which helps keep skin looking firmer and younger. Among others, patchouli oil is reputed to minimize your body's retention of fluid while improving skin tone. Additionally, skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, which helps eliminate excess fluid and remove toxins from your body.
Make a Blend
Create your own blend with essential oils that have cellulite-fighting properties. Some of the ideal options include black pepper, geranium, basil, clary sage, fennel, cedarwood, juniper, cypress, thyme or spruce -- all of which are helpful in tightening skin and fighting cellulite. Since each works slightly differently, blending them together can increase the oil's power. Additionally, keep in mind that essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba, avocado, evening primrose or apricot-kernel oil. Use a ratio of 2 milliliters of carrier oil for every one drop of essential oil. For example, to make a blend with 20 drops of essential oils, you'll need 40 milliliters of carrier oil.
Get to Brushing
Choose a body brush with natural bristles and a comfortable handle so that it’s easy to use. Start by applying a few drops of your essential-oil blend, then brush your skin using semi-circular strokes directed toward your heart. While you can just spot-brush problem areas, you can also take a few minutes to brush your entire body. Apply enough pressure to make your skin tingle slightly without causing pain or discomfort. The best time to brush your skin is before showering. Afterward, take your shower as normal and apply moisturizer to your skin. For an added boost, massage a little bit of your cellulite-fighting essential-oil blend into your clean skin.
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