It’s time to embrace the C word: cellulite. Say it loud and say it proud because it isn’t something you should be embarrassed about. Cellulite is a normal part of life, so jiggle with it, wiggle with it, and own it. Do what you will with your cellulite, even if that means using the sugar scrub in this article to help reduce the appearance of it. After all, it is your cellulite and you can do with it as you please.
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a harmless skin condition characterized by lumpy, dimpled skin. It most commonly exists on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen, and tends to be more prevalent in women than men. A lot of people try, with variable success, to get rid of cellulite. Weight loss, exercise, massage, dry brushing, and anti-cellulite creams and scrubs can help improve the appearance of cellulite, but results vary from person to person.
If you want a little less cellulite, there are several things you can experiment with. Lymphatic drainage massage, for example, works to increase circulation and remove toxins. If the massage therapist does it with an anti-cellulite cream, it can leave your skin feeling perky and soft. Another common way to help improve the appearance of cellulite is through exfoliation. Not only does exfoliation lead to a smoother skin texture, but it also leaves the skin less dimply. Some of the standout ingredients that do that are detailed below.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and an effective anti-cellulite supplement because of the antioxidant activity. Working to aid the delivery of oxygen to the skin, vitamin E can help promote a brighter skin tone and tighter appearance. Vitamin E oil is easily absorbed by the skin and works to flush fat deposits that cause cellulite via massage.
When you apply coconut oil to the skin, it may help minimize the appearance of cellulite, but this depends on the person. Scientists and researchers don’t fully understand how and why cellulite occurs, but it seems to relate to the connective tissue that attaches the skin to muscle underneath. Coconut oil works to hydrate and smooth the skin, which may help mask the dimpled appearance of cellulite after regular application. Virgin coconut oil has been especially beneficial for its healing properties on the skin. It may help stimulate collagen and have a tightening effect on the skin.
As mentioned earlier, exfoliation may help battle cellulite, and sugar is a grainy, coarse exfoliator. Working to remove dead skin, exfoliating with sugar leaves your skin looking refreshed and healthier. Anecdotal reports state that regular use (about twice weekly) of sugar scrubs in the affected areas may reduce cellulite. This may not work, but exfoliating the area can help improve the overall appearance and texture, which is a plus.
DIY Anti-Cellulite Sugar Scrub
- 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
- 200 grams sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Add the coconut oil to a heat-safe glass measuring cup and microwave for about 30 seconds to soften the oil.
- Pour the oil into a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Transfer this mixture to an airtight container, preferably a glass jar, and screw on the lid. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.