Cellulite is quite confusing for people, is it excess fat, is it toxins, is it water retention, is it loss of collagen? The answer seems to differ among women (and some men). I have been taught that cellulite was a secondary sexual characteristic, which is why it is more prevalent among women (and some men with high estrogen). I have noticed it is exacerbated by fluid retention, excess fatty deposits, toxin build up through poor diet in younger women and in mature women it is more prevalent when the collagen supportive network has broken down.
The earlier you start looking after the skin on your body, the better results you will see. European women know this well and from a young age they are introduced to spa baths and holistic rituals to care for the skin on their body & face.
Here are some tips for reducing cellulite and caring for you body and well being:
Dry Body Brushing
Done just before you shower, it helps to stimulate the lymphatics and help move excess fluid from the skin tissues. Dry body brushing is also great at stimulating the skin’s collagen and elastin production. Using a dry body brush, start at the ankles, brush over your skin in long strokes moving upwards. Brush over ankles, lower legs, upper legs, thighs, stomach, chest, buttocks and back, finishing with arms from fingertips to shoulders. Always brush towards the heart, this helps move the lymphatics which helps to drain excess fluid and toxins from your skin. Be sure to rinse off the dead cells well and drink a glass or two of pure water to assist the elimination.
This is particularly good for fluid retention and to help flush toxins out. Try and have a weekly bath ritual, starting with a dry body brush, ½ hour soak in the bath finishing with massaging in a reshaping cream helping in reducing cellulite or an aromatherapy oil blend for slimming and cellulite.
Detox bath recipe:
1 cup of Epsom salt
2 cups of soda bicarbonate
1 cup sea salt
Optional - a few drops of Aromatherapy Essential oils such as:
Massaging your body with oils infused with a few drops of fennel, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, chamomile, geranium, cypress, rosemary or grapefruit essential oils are terrific for fluid retention (avoid essential oils during pregnancy). You can make your own blend, add 5 drops in total to every 10ml of base oil such as apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, or my favorite, jojoba oil. You can experiment with using just one aromatherapy oil, or blend two or three together, whichever you enjoy. Be sure not to go over the five drops in total because aromatherapy works more efficiently when it is subtle. Less is best and more would just irritate your skin or even give you a headache.
The lymphatic system relies on muscle contraction and movement to help push the lymph along. Exercise is best for moving the lymphatics, burning fat and boosting collagen and elastin production to firm the skin. The best form of exercise for cellulite is swimming. As your body glides through the water, the water “massages” your skin helping to move the lymphatics and firming your skin. Have you noticed how swimmers tend to have less cellulite?
Drinking water is absolutely essential to help flush out toxins that can build up in the skin tissues and cause fluid retention. Drink two liters of pure water a day. It means you will go to the bathroom more, but that’s the whole point, you’re assisting your body eliminate and flush out impurities.
Herbal teas can help with fluid retention and some are great with helping break down excess fatty deposits. Try green tea, dandelion tea, bilberry and oolong tea. Drink a cup or two every day to enjoy the benefits.
What you eat plays a major role in how much fluid you carry, how much fat your skin has and how effectively it produces collagen and elastin for a firm skin. To avoid fluid retention stay away from salt, sugar, alcohol and limit your coffee. To help reduce fatty deposits limit your intake of carbohydrates and sugar and increase your exercise to burn fat. For firm and elastic skin, eat foods rich in vitamins C such as dark green vegetables like spinach and kale, capsicum and citrus fruits that can boost collagen production. Orange colored vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.
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