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Can Essential Oils Banish Cellulite?

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Jillie Reil is a stand-up comedian as well as an actress, model and writer. Reil graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in management and communication from Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is a certified makeup artist with experience in cosmetic, skin care and plastic surgery sales.
Can Essential Oils Banish Cellulite?
Cellulite is a real condition. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Now that medical professionals acknowledge cellulite is a real condition, part of the treatment in minimizing its appearance may be found in essential oils. Although the University of Maryland Medical Center says that cellulite is largely due to genetics and lifestyle and that you can never totally be rid of it no matter what the treatment, some experts agree that essential oils can play a role in reducing its appearance.

What Is Cellulite?

Can Essential Oils Banish Cellulite?
Cellulite gives a dimpled effect. Photo Credit Dombili/iStock/Getty Images

Cellulite is fat that is stored in pockets immediately below the skin’s surface. The collagen fibers that connect the fat cells to the skin weaken, which causes the fat to protrude and give the skin a dimpled effect. It often appears in areas of poor circulation like the buttocks, hips and thighs.

Causes of Cellulite

Can Essential Oils Banish Cellulite?
White sugar may cause cellulite. Photo Credit libra_photo/iStock/Getty Images

Overall, cellulite is the result of toxins that the body cannot break down. To protect its tissues and organs, the body pushes the toxins as far away as possible into the fat pockets near the skin’s surface. No one element is solely to blame for causing cellulite, and sometimes it’s just in your genes. Cellulite mostly strikes females, as it’s largely associated with estrogen levels. Other factors include a lack of physical activity, rapid weight loss, constipation, dehydration, smoking and poor diet, such as excessive coffee, tea, alcohol, red meat, saturated animal fat, dairy, white sugar, flour and artificial additives.

What Are Essential Oils?

Can Essential Oils Banish Cellulite?
Essential oils. Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images

The University of Maryland Medical Center defines essential oils as concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds or blossoms of plants. Various benefits are attributed to essential oils. Each oil contains active ingredients that define its use.

Essential Oils to Fight Cellulite

Can Essential Oils Banish Cellulite?
Add essential oils to a bath. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Essential oils for cellulite may be added to bath water or applied topically by massage or wraps. Some believed they stimulate the release of toxins and promote circulation. You may want to consult an aromatherapist to discuss the essential oil combination that is right for you.

Lifestyle Factors

Can Essential Oils Banish Cellulite?
Regular exercise can help skin. Photo Credit Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

It is not accurate to say that essential oils alone can banish cellulite. Many factors influence the causes and treatments of cellulite. However, essential oils in conjunction with light massage, lifestyle changes and other treatments may reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some experts suggest a detoxification diet with organic fruits, vegetables and fiber, plenty of water, dry skin brushing to promote lymphatic drainage, massage therapies, regular exercise, and avoiding alcohol and smoking for maximum results.

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