I am super excited to share my favorite concoction so far. It’s a moisturizer that tightens skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite, scars and fine lines.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is basically fat deposits beneath the skin, resulting in dimpled skin, often in the pelvic region, lower limbs, and abdomen.
Cellulite is a major female concern as the estrogen hormone that is released into a woman’s body, stores fat particularly in the thighs, arms and hip regions. Hence, women have more fat tissues compare to men.
Cellulite develops when digestive impurities (toxins) and fluids get accumulated with saturated fatty tissues beneath the skin.
Causes of Cellulite
- Poor diet- excess intake of fat, carbohydrates, and salt.
- Hormonal imbalance (decreases the formation of collagen, the protein which keeps skin firm and elastic)
- Poor lymphatic drainage (process of removing fluids from the body)
- Poor blood circulation
- Stress (decreases blood circulation and removal of toxins in the body, this toxin get accumulated in fat tissues and cause cellulite to form)
- Lack of Physical exercise
- Dehydration (water is very essential for removing toxins from the body and improving skin condition)
Maintaining good health, exercising regularly, dry brushing and massaging skin regularly will help to reduce cellulite. This moisturizer can act as the best massaging cream that you can prepare on your own!
Essential Oils for your DIY Cellulite Cream
This DIY cellulite cream contains one of the best essential oils that fight cellulite like Grapefruit oil, Juniper berry, Rosemary, cypress, etc. Let’s get into details on all the ingredients
Cellulite Essential Oil– Eden’s garden made this wonderful Cellulite oil which itself is enough for fighting cellulite. It contains Grapefruit, Juniper, Cypress, Cedarwood, May Chang, Sage, Fennel, Black pepper, Birch, Pink Pepper, and Fir needle essential oils.
Rosemary, grapefruit, cypress, and Juniper are major oils suggested for cellulite. They are all fabulous for increasing blood circulation and flushing toxins from the skin, thereby improving the condition of the skin.
Rosemary also has astringent properties, which helps in firming and toning of the skin.
Grapefruit oil is high in Vitamin C, so it helps in reducing obesity, which is the main reason for cellulite.
Shea Butter– Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer, rich in Vitamin A and E. It nourishes skin and improves elasticity by producing more collagen, the protein which keeps skin elastic and tight. The increase of fat or estrogen will reduce the production of this very protein resulting in cellulite, wrinkles and fine lines. Shea butter also contains a number of antioxidants that help to fight aging.
For the recipe, melt the shea butter in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water (as seen in the picture on the right) or use a double boiler
Coconut Oil– Pure virgin coconut oil liquefies when applied to the skin without clogging pores. It goes deep into your skin pores and moisturizes thoroughly. Coconut oil is also rich in antioxidants, possesses anti-aging properties and offers sun protection.
Almond Oil– Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E and A hence helps in rejuvenating skin. It is also full of antioxidants and offers sun protection of up to 5 SPF
Grapeseed Oil (optional)– Another great light oil that absorbs into the skin quickly. Grapeseed has astringent properties which result in skin tightening and toning. It makes a good replacement carrier oil for all nut oils. If you are allergic to nuts, replace almond oil with grapeseed oil.
Frankincense Essential Oil– Frankincense is an excellent astringent that tightens skin and avoids clogged pores, that lead to acne. It is a powerful anti-aging oil that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also improves the elasticity of the skin.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil (optional)– Carrot seed oil is a very powerful antiseptic like turmeric, can cure infections and heal scars, cuts, and rashes. It is rich in antioxidants that help in retaining youthful and fresh skin.
Lavender Essential Oil– Lavender oil is an amazing smelling oil and very popular for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It heals burns, scars, rashes, razor burns and reduces the appearance of scars caused by them.
This DIY cellulite cream is extremely moisturizing, you can reduce the quantity of Shea butter in summer or keep it the same if you have dry skin. Massage your skin with the cream twice a day focusing more on the affected areas.
For more effective results, follow a routine of dry brushing before the shower and applying the cream right after the shower. Dry brushing will exfoliate your skin and your pores will be all ready to absorb the cream, resulting in a firm and silky smooth skin.
Before we get into the actual recipe. Here are some tips:
You can use any Carrier oils or a combination of these oils
Carrier Oils- Jojoba oil, Argan oil, Grapeseed oil, Macadamia oil, etc.
I follow 2% dilution (the process of diluting essential oils with carrier/base oils).
1 cup/16 tbsp/236 ml of base oil= 48 drops of essential oil
- 3/4 or 1 cup shea butter
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of almond Oil / Jojoba Oil
- 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
- 15 drops of Eden garden's cellulite essential oil (or use 5 drops of grapefruit, rosemary, juniper, and cypress together)
- 10 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops of carrot seed oil (if you don't mind carrot seed smell, use 8-9 drops)
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- Melt the Shea better in a double boiler or in a glass/steel bowl by placing it over a sauce pan of boiling water.
- Once the mixture is cold, add the rest of the ingredients to it. Note- the coconut oil must be in room temperature, not too hard or melted.
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