All Natural Solutions for Cellulite
What is Cellulite
Cellulite is that dimpled appearance of your skin on the surface that is caused by the connective tissue (long fibrous cords) that attaches the skin to the muscle, with the fat in between. As fat cells multiply, they push against the skin, while the cords are pulling down. This makes your skin uneven on the surface, that fabulous cottage cheese look.
Cellulite affects mostly women, due to the fact that the connective tissue of men is different than that of women The fibrous cords in the connective tissue of men run crisscross instead of straight up and down. The larger fat chambers in women hold much more fat cells than that of the small fat chambers of men.
Causes of Cellulite
While there are many theories as to the causes of cellulite, there does not seem to be one in particular, so we will be looking into many of them.
One thought is that our hormones play a part in the appearance of cellulite. Many women begin seeing cellulite after they have had a child. My cellulite began to show up at the onset of menopause, leading me to believe it does have something to do with my hormones. I have recently began trying to balance my hormones naturally and I'm hoping that will help with my cellulite also.
Another cause may be poor circulation and lymph drainage. As we age we tend to be less active which can contribute to these factors. We don't exercise as much, nor do we get out and move around as often as we did when we were younger. The toxins that build up in our body and our lymphatic system don't get released properly.
It seems that cellulite can also be hereditary. Some women start to develop cellulite as young as their early to mid 20's so heredity could very well play a part. But it could also be that we were taught by our family (mothers mostly) our habits with food, lifestyle etc.
I think the number one contributor to cellulite is our poor diet. The processed food we eat contributes to our cellulite problem. I know we need to eat a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables, and a lot less processed food and sugar. My diet is not what it should be, but I'm working on eating better. Too much sugar is my biggest issue.
Solutions to Cellulite Problem
There may be other factors that contribute to cellulite, but I feel like the ones I have chosen here are the biggest culprits. The following is what I have learned from my research and I am currently testing myself.
Dry Skin Brushing
A really great solution for poor circulation and sluggish lymph drainage is Dry Skin Brushing. Before I began my search for a solution to cellulite, I had never heard of dry skin brushing. But what a great therapy for your whole body. I have started doing this on a daily basis right before I take my shower. It seems to wake my whole body up and gives me more energy.
It is a technique where you use a dry, natural bristle body brush to brush your skin while it is dry, like just before you bathe. You can purchase one anywhere from Walmart to Amazon for about $5 - $15. Dry skin brushing is shown to be an effective exfoliator, increasing skin cell renewal, while also increasing blood flow. It aids in digestive health as well as kidney function and helps your lymphatic system release toxins.
You should always brush towards the heart and never back and forth. There are a couple of different techniques I have found. I posted a video below showing step by step how to do one of them.
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Essential Oils For Cellulite
Here I go with the Essential Oils again. I have used this recipe for detoxifying in the past and now I feel like maybe it will help with my cellulite also. So after you have done the dry brushing, you have just opened up your pores and stimulated your whole system. This would be the optimal time to soak in this detox bath.
Detox Bath Recipe:
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup Epsom Salts
- 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Make a massaging oil by adding a few drops of any of these Essential Oils to a Carrier Oil such as Jojoba or Coconut:
The Citrus Essential Oils are known for detoxifying and breaking down fat.
I have been reading a lot about how good Cypress essential oil is for varicose veins and Cellulite. Just mix with a carrier oil and rub into the affected area. I am going to try this one next.
Doterra makes an Oil Blend called Slim and Sassy that has grapefruit, cinnamon, peppermint, ginger and lemon. You can use it topically, or you can put 3-6 drops in a glass of water and drink it. I drink it to detoxify.
Balancing your Hormones is essential to fighting Cellulite. I have another blog on balancing hormones with Essential Oils, so rather than repeat myself I have posted the Link to it below.
Balancing Hormones With Essential Oils
Coffee Grounds Scrub
I think we have all heard that caffeine contributes to the development of cellulite. But apparently when coffee grounds are massaged into the affected area, it can be quite beneficial in helping smooth the cottage cheese appearance.
- 1cup of Coffee grounds (used ones after I brew my coffee)
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Coconut Oil
- 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients and put in a container with a lid. Mixture will keep for about 2 weeks. Massage a small amount into affected area, standing in the bath or shower is best, kinda messy. You can leave on for up to 30 minutes, but then you won't want to stand in the shower if that's the case. I sometimes wrap my legs with Saran Wrap, it helps hold it in place and heats it up enough to help open the pores.
Foods You Should & Should Not Eat
Eating a healthy diet can help reduce cellulite. Sodium causes fluid retention so limit the amount in your diet. Your body stores sugar in your fat cells, causing them to expand, so you should avoid too much sugar in your diet. Ultimately you should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.
Avoid processed and fast foods. Also stay away from refined carbohydrates, such as white flour, bread and rice.
Unless your massaging it into your thighs, avoid drinking too much coffee or other caffeinated beverages.
Flax seed can help regulate your hormones so adding some to your smoothie or cereal in the morning can be very beneficial.
Citrus fruits, peppers, cabbage and tomatoes all contain bioflavanoids, which will help strengthen capillaries and prevent cellulite. Try eating more raw fruits and vegetables.
Drink plenty of filtered water. Add some citrus essential oil to at least one glass a day, as I mentioned before.
Gelatin is a good source of protein and collagen, it is made from boiling the bone, skin, ligaments & connective tissue of animals. In the past it was commonly consumed, but not so much today. We cut off all the fat and bone from our meat and throw it away.
Gelatin is known for improving the quality of hair, skin and nails, but consuming gelatin has so many other health benefits. Gelatin helps to repair connective tissue, thus reducing inflammation and improving the appearance of cellulite. Gelatin can also help with detoxification and hormone balance, things I have already mentioned that need to be improved.
If you want to get gelatin back into your diet, the best way I have found is to supplement it by using unflavored gelatin in your food or add it to your beverage or smoothie. You can even just dissolve it in a glass of water. Most gelatin has to be dissolved in hot water but I have found one made by Great Lakes that will dissolve in cold water. You can find it on Amazon or possibly your local grocery store.
Ultimately I think we need to detoxify our bodies and lives and we will find many of our physical ailments will disappear.
If you have any suggestions for fighting cellulite, I would welcome them in the comments below.