Cellulite can affect each one of us, but that’s no excuse to throw our hands in the air with defeat. What is the cause of cellulite? The Mayo Clinic answers, “It involves fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between. As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.” Cellulite can afflict all ages, body types and skin colors, but most often affects more women than men. Weight gain and genetics are also contributing factors when it comes to cellulite. Eating healthy, staying hydrated and exercising regularly are all essential for skin health, but sometimes we need a little more hands on help to deal with these lumps and bumps.
The battle with those dimples and lumps can be waged with this intense honey massage technique and a simple to make anti-cellulite oil.
Honey Cellulite Massage
Honey is a wonderful element that helps eradicate cellular waste from our body. Applying honey directly to the skin absorbs internal toxins, increases circulation and delivers a healing dose of antioxidants to repair skin. Bees most definitely know their stuff!
This application is very hands on. Start with clean, dry hands and apply a thin layer of honey to the area of skin with cellulite, about 2 teaspoons is a good amount to begin. Drag your hand back and forth in each direction, lifting your hand off your skin with each pass in the opposite direction. Each time it will be more and more difficult to lift your hand away from your body. You may need to apply a little more honey if it gets absorbed too quickly. You can increase pressure throughout the 5-10 minute massage, however beware that if you use intense pressure bruising might result. You can increase or decrease amount of time or intensity of massage to meet your needs.
Expect some redness as you’ve just forced blood circulation to increase to this area. The blood brings nutrients and oxygen along with it and takes away toxins from the tissues and muscles. When finished, rinse with soap and warm water and apply the following anti-cellulite oil. This massage can be done several times a week.
DIY Anti-Cellulite Oil
Juniper oil is known as a detoxifying oil, which can clear waste from the body and increase circulation while orange oil relieves fluid retention and swelling. Rosemary will help with edema and swelling as well. Jojoba oil is a great carrier oil which definitely does more than just carry oils. It has vitamin E and B-complex which are wonderful at repairing skin.
Orange Rosemary Anti-Cellulite Oil
- 1/2 cup jojoba oil
- 15 drops orange essential oil
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil
- 15 drops juniper essential oil
Combine the three essential oils with jojoba oil as your carrier oil. Apply to cellulite and gently massage into skin. Store oil in a dark, glass bottle to keep fresh and shake before each use.
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