What is cellulite?
Cellulite is body fat pushing against the connective tissues of your skin, creating the ugly dimpling of the skin (resembling cottage cheese). While there are many treatments available one of the easiest is using coconut oil.
Cellulite is very common, but more so in women than men. It is found most often around thighs, hips, butt, and abdomen. Cellulite effects people in their teens and older. Anybody can have cellulite and it is only a problem if it bothers you to have it.
Continue reading this article to learn 5 ways to use coconut oil to remove cellulite.
5 Effective ways to reduce cellulite with coconut oil
1. Consuming Coconut Oil Daily
No matter how strange this may sound, if you consume coconut oil daily you can actually reduce cellulite. Start by taking two or three teaspoons of coconut oil before working out which will speed the process of ketosis or fat burning.
The coconut oil creats more energy in the body and at the same time increases the metabolic rate which helps burn calories faster. It also keeps your body pepped up and energetic which will make your gym sessions more effective.
The coconut oil helps flush out toxins and stored body fats which helps in reducing or eliminating cellulite from the body. When complimented with a proper diet and exercise program you can greatly reduce the appearance of cellulite.
2. Apply Coconut Oil To Your Body
Another way to get the benefits of coconut oil and reduce cellulite is to use it as a lotion or body oil daily. You can uses it as a full body oil or apply it to just the affected areas. Slightly warming the oil and applying it in a massaging motion helps the coconut oil to be absorbed by the skin.
This technique will help break up the fatty deposits and create a smoother, younger and softer appearance.
3. Dry Brushing And Coconut Oil
This is a popular method used throughout the world. Apply a generous amount of coconut oil to the affected areas, then using a dry brush massage the area for sometime which will help smooth out the cellulite.
The correct way to start is to take a hot shower then start the massage while the pores are still open. First target the higher lymph node areas like the armpits and groin and then move on to the outer parts of the body.
Dry brushing helps improve circulation, tightening the epidermis and also breaks up the toxins helping to reduce the cellulite. Drink plenty of water before beginning the message to remove the toxins faster. If this method is done on a daily basis significant results will be seen in a months time.
The Perfect Way To Dry Brush
Slather your body well with coconut oil. Now, brush your body in circular motions, starting from feet and then to legs, chest, abdomen, and arms. Make sure you brush counterclockwise on your stomach. Brush in long sweeps and totally avoid going all back and forth. Try not to scrub too hard as it may cause redness and burns.
The best time for a dry brush is just before taking a shower. This way, you can easily wash off the excess oil. You can make use of this technique twice a day.
4. Coconut Oil And Pure Essential Oils
Another effective massage treatment is mixing organic or virgin coconut oil with pure essential oils like tangerine, grapefruit, orange and lemon oils . Depending on how much area is affected pour some coconut oil into a 50ml or 100ml container and add a few drops of the essential oil to it. You can also create your own blend of essential oil so you can be unique.
This combination works wonders since it helps remove the fat from within and also the cellulite. The oils work on the fat fat cells, repairing and detoxifying the cells.
This method makes the skin tight and smooth, removing unsightly dimples including stretch marks. You do need to be cautious about avoiding direct sunlight as this application can rapidly darken or burn the skin. In 4 to 6 weeks you will be surprised at the results.
5. Coffee And Coconut Oil Body Scrub
A popular method to reduce cellulite is to make a homemade coffee and coconut oil scrub. This scrub will also make your skin soft and smooth.
Mix coconut oil with sugar and freshly brewed coffee grounds to make a natural scrub that will help reduce cellulite. The rough and raw texture of coffee and sugar will work as an exfoliate, opening up the clogged pores while coconut oil with ensure proper hydration in the skin. This mixture also stimulates proper lymph/blood flow in the body. Using warm coconut oil to make this mix is a good idea.
What You Need
- Coffee grounds – 1/4 cup
- Normal/brown sugar – 3 tablespoons
- Hot melted coconut oil – 2-3 tablespoons
What You Need To Do
Mix the ingredients to form a paste. Store it in a glass jar, and heat it just before using. The rough and raw texture of coffee and sugar will work as an exfoliant, opening up the clogged pores, while the coconut oil will ensure proper hydration of the skin. The smell of coffee also has an invigorating effect.
Massage this scrub effectively on the affected areas applying firm pressure. Wash it off after 15 minutes. You can use this scrub two to three times in a week for best results. You will be able to witness positive results within one or two weeks.
A Word Of Caution
Now that you know how to utilize coconut oil to reduce cellulite, you should also be aware of the risks involved in using this oil. Take a look.
- People with super sensitive skin need to test the oil on the underside of their wrist or feet to look for any allergic reactions. If your skin becomes red, patchy, and scaly, it is better to skip using these methods altogether.
- Having more than the desired quantity of coconut oil can lead to loose motions and high levels of cholesterol. So, don’t overdo it.
- Scrubbing too harshly can lead to a broken epidermal layer and dryness. So, be gentle with your skin even while scrubbing.