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Homemade Anti Cellulite Oil

Like most girls out there, I am battling and preventing cellulite. I eat right, started exercising and I am always on the look out for creams and potions that are going to keep my thighs smooth cellulite free.
I also love whipping up my own cosmetics and love the idea of going natural, and after much trial and error have managed to come up with this amazing orange-peel banishing oil.

So, here it goes:
I infused almond oil (abt 250 ml) with a 3-4 tablespoons of cayenne powder. You pour the oil on top of the cayenne in a jar and let it macerate for about 2 weeks, shaking the mixture twice daily. I chose almond oil because it’s light (penetrates well into the skin), cheap and moisturizing. The cayenne is great for many many things but I need it to activate my circulation. After 2 weeks I strain the oil through a cheeseclooth into a dark bottle and add a teaspoon of jojoba oil to help “stabilize it”; jojoba oil is technically a wax so it acts as a preserver, keeping my mixture from going rancid fast. If you do have an allergy to nuts, you can always go for grape seed oil, which is also light and makes for a great carrier oil.
Then I add my essential oils. You can start with two or three and add more as your ‘build’ your collection.
I love:

  • Rosemary (activates circulation)
  • Juniper (drains, diuretics, helps eliminate water retention)
  • Grapefruit (tonic, stimulates circulation, great for stretch marks)
  • Lemon (cleanses, stimulates circulation)
  • Orange (Diuretic, stimulates lymphatic drainage)
  • Black Pepper (activates circulation, diuretic)
  • Atlas Cedar (diuretic, stimulates circulation)
  • Rosemary (stimulates circulation, diuretic
  • Ginger (warming, stimulates circulation)
Those are just a few EOs I have used with great success. Feel free to combine them according to your liking and … budget.

Massage the oil as often as you would like, in the trouble areas. I find it absorbs easily, but I would probably want to do it at night, I would rather risk staining my PJs rather than my clothes. Also, please note that the oil ‘burns’ (due to the cayenne), much like most anti-cellulite creams. Perhaps do a first batch with less cayenne and then figure out what degree of “spiciness” your are most comfortable with.
So, this is my cheap, effective weapon in combating cellulite. I should also mention I do dry brush regularly, in order to promote circulation, exfoliate the skin and stimulate lymphatic drainage (get those toxins out!); I eat well (and I mean well!) and I have incorporated some sort of exercise routine (nothing crazy, walking, Pilates, biking, running).  
Oh, yeah … and drink water! Water, water, water! It is the best way to detox and flush out toxins, and it’ll keep you hydrated (hydrated skin = plump skin).
Share your experience in the comment section, and I do hope this little homemade recipe comes in handy for others as well. 

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