What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is pockets off fat deposits that collect just below the surface of the skin. This can cause the skin to have a dimpled or lumpy appearance. The most common areas are around the thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Having cellulite doesn’t mean you’re overweight! People of all sizes can have cellulite, and various factors influence the visibility of cellulite on your body.
Genetics – It tends to run in families, so genetics might play the biggest role in whether you develop cellulite. An inactive lifestyle also can increase your chances of having cellulite, as can pregnancy.
Aging – Cellulite is more likely to occur with aging, as the skin gradually loses its elasticity.
Female gender – Cellulite is significantly more common in women than in men. The condition is only seen among men deficient in male hormones. In women, the fibers constituting the connective tissue run in the same direction and are parallel, while in men, the connective bands crisscross together. Since parallel bands may show puckering better than crisscross bands, cellulite is more common in women than men.
Hormonal factors – Hormones are thought to play an essential role in forming cellulite. When estrogen starts to decrease, typically as women begin to approach menopause, women lose receptors in the blood vessels of their thighs. As a result, with reduced circulation, less oxygen and nutrition reaches that area, which, in turn, reduces collagen production. At the same time, fat cells become more extensive and start protruding from the collagen, appearing as bumps that characterize cellulite. Aside from estrogen, other hormones, including insulin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, thyroid hormone, and prolactin, are all thought to contribute to the development of cellulite.
Stress – A stressful lifestyle is thought to raise the catecholamines adrenalin and noradrenaline levels, which are believed to be involved in the development of cellulite.
Inflammation – An inflammatory basis for the pathogenesis of cellulite has been suggested. One study reported that macrophages and lymphocytes were dispersed throughout the fibrous septae of cellulite biopsies.
Eating habits – A high-calorie diet comprising carbohydrates, fats, food preservatives, and salt may contribute significantly to the development of cellulite.
Which essential oils may assist with Cellulite and skin tightening?
Grapefruit essential oil can help to remove toxins from the body
Juniper essential oil can can help with reducing water retention
Cypress essential oil can help to improve circulation, as well as reducing water retention
Rosemary essential oil and cinnamon essential oil can help to improve blood circulation
Orange essential oil can help with blood circulation, and can work to tighten the skin
Combine the following Young Living Essential oils in a 5ml, 10ml or 15ml Glass dropper bottle to create a natural anti-cellulite recipe:
3 drops of Young Living Grapefruit essential oil
3 drops of Young Living Juniper essential oil
3 drops of Young Living Cypress essential oil
3 drops of Young Living Rosemary essential oil
3 drops of Young Living Orange essential oil
Young Living V6 carrier oil or a carrier oil of your choice (coconut and avocado oil are nice and moisturizing)
Put the essential oils in the dropper bottle and fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Be sure not to overfill the bottle so you’re able to put the dropper back in without overflowing.
Rub the oil mixture on problem areas before bed or as desired.
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