As SOON as the sun’s out, and we start wearing less clothing, we are exposing parts of our bodies that perhaps haven’t been seen for a while. Then there is the worry of being beach ready? Bikinis? Shorts? Does the very thought fill you with dread? Are you worried about how much cellulite you have?
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is the appearance of lumpy or dimpled ‘cottage cheese skin’, which predominantly develops with age on the legs, bottom, stomach and back of the arms. Basically, when you have globules of fat under the skin pushing up against the connective tissue, you have this uneven, ‘mottled’ skin appearance. The reason adults develop areas of loose skin and cellulite is because of uneven texture of fatty deposits beneath the skin.
This condition is more common in women than men, with about 80 per cent of women having some measure of cellulite, particularly as they age and the skin loses its elasticity. However, anyone can develop cellulite, even teenagers dealing with weight and hormonal changes.
As a skin condition, cellulite is not serious or harmful, and therefore many choose to just simply leave their cellulite alone. Meanwhile, others are very bothered by the appearance of cellulite, especially following life circumstances such as weight gain/loss or pregnancy.
Several primary factors contribute to the development of cellulite, including:
Fluid retention, which also causes bloating
Lack of circulation or blood flow
Weak collagen structure of the skin
Being overweight or having increased body fat
Lack of physical activity
Some other factors that can cause skin changes such as cellulite, sagginess, wrinkles and formation of dark spots include: hormonal imbalances, high amounts of stress, existing medical conditions like autoimmune disease or diabetes, genetics, poor diet, too much alcohol, allergies, smoking, too much sun exposure and other causes of toxicity.
Things like stress and a poor diet also cause your body to slow down production of collagen, which is crucial to keep skin looking young.
I have been looking into simple and inexpensive ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite and grapefruit aromatherapy oil is a great one to try.
Did you know that the scent of the oil of grapefruit alone can stimulate the burning of fat?
Also, because it contains citral and citronellal, the oil has astringent qualities as well. Vitamin C is a great astringent agent. This means that it can shrink the pores and tighten the skin, making it look firmer.
It also helps the lymphatic system to work properly. This lymphatic system is a big part of the circulatory system and pink grapefruit essential oil can stimulate and activate both.
This effect will result in a better blood circulation that will deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the epidermis. It will help it regenerate and replenish. The lymph’s role (a fluid full of white blood cells) is to travel by blood and fight off infections.
The body is assailed by toxins every day. A strong immune system will be able to protect the body against their harmful effects. Grapefruit oil can strengthen the immune system and can drain the toxins out.
It can stimulate the sweat glands and force harmful chemicals out of the body, which is a major part of getting rid of cellulite.
The oil can also control any excessive water retention, which in time will add to the circumference of the thighs and waist.
This means that the oil is effective in decreasing subcutaneous fat (cellulite). It also improves the aspect/appearance of the skin. The most effective method is by far via daily massages. The oil must be steam distilled to avoid photo-toxicity and it must be diluted in a proper carrier oil. One such carrier, recommended in treating cellulite and stretch marks, is avocado. Simply massage into the affected areas daily as vigorously as you can.
For body blends, you could make a concentrated serum. That would imply the use of about 20–30 drops of grapefruit essential oil per 30 ml carrier oil.
It’s simple and effective, so why not give it a try!