Have you noticed patches of dimpled skin on your body? Some refer to it as cottage cheese or orange peel skin or even hail damage (we ladies so hard on ourselves!) Those annoying little indented bumps known as cellulite are a frustration that almost all women deal with, regardless of age, height, and even weight. Confession: at 5’4” and 115 lbs, I’m a victim of cellulite myself! I used to be super self-conscious about it, ok well I still am, but less now 🙂 That’s partly because I’ve researched and tried numerous ways to reduce it, and have had success.
I’ll go over some of the ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite, along with my recipe to make your own DIY whipped cellulite eraser cream!!
But first, let’s backtrack for a minute. What exactly is cellulite anyway? How can SO many different types of people have it? I read somewhere that cellulite is estimated to affect 90% of women. Its most common places to hide are thighs, butt, and stomach. For what exactly causes cellulite, science doesn’t have clear answers for that yet, but there have been some proven ways to help reduce it.
The “cottage cheese”-like appearance of cellulite is actually caused when fat deposits itself under skin/tissue, and then presses up through connective tissue causing that lumpy, dimply look. Our bodies store built up toxins in fat, including the dimples and pockets of cellulite, to keep the toxins away from our vital organs. So one way to reduce it, is to eliminate toxins in our lives. The hard part about that is that they’re everywhere! Literally. We’re exposed to hundreds every day. Toxins can be found in water, air, food, drinks, cosmetics, cleaning products, medicine cabinet, etc. Yikes!
Awareness of what you’re putting on and in your body is key, as well as doing a [safe] cleanse the body a few times a year to remove built up toxins (click here to learn more!) By eating a cleaner diet with very few processed foods and drinking lots of [filtered] water everyday, not only will you be introducing less toxins into your system, but you’ll also be flushing out your body and using your natural detoxifying pathways to keep the toxins moving.
Another way to reduce cellulite is dry skin brushing (I have this one). This can specifically target areas of cellulite. Using a skin brush, move it in small circular movements over your thighs, butt and other areas with cellulite for a few minutes a few times per week before showering. It will help to break fatty deposits that cause the dimpled appearance. You can also use a salt scrub for a similar effect.
Moving and sweating might also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite. It helps to detoxify the body, removing toxins from those fat deposits. It will also help to improve the overall appearance of your body by tightening, toning and lengthening so that even if your cellulite is there, the overall appearance of your body will be more flattering.
And lastly, essential oils. Many essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and help deliver oxygen to our cells. All of these things help to rid the body of toxins. Citrus oils, like grapefruit oil, have been shown to help dissolving fats.
So I made an awesome DIY whipped cellulite eraser cream! I’ve already gone through one batch and have seen positive results. Try it out for yourself! [Please though, make sure you are using a high quality oil so you are not introducing even more toxins into your body this way! To learn more about what I use, click here.
- 1/4 cup unrefined organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unrefined organic shea butter
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 30 drops orange essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- Either in a small saucepan over low to medium-low heat (stirring often) or in the microwave using 30-second increments, stirring in between, melt the coconut oil and shea butter.
- Once liquid, transfer it into a large bowl (either stand mixer bowl or one where you can use your hand mixer) and let cool on the counter for about 15 minutes.
- Add the grapeseed and olive oil, and all essential oil drops.
- Transfer the bowl into the refrigerator to sit approximately 30 minutes, until firm.
- Then using a stand or an electric hand mixer, mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
- Store it in a glass container with an airtight lid. It lasts months! To use, rub this cream on cellulite problem areas.