Cellulite can be an issue for most of us women. The jury is out on the cause of cellulite-there are so many theories. I believe cellulite is caused by trapped toxins, poor circulation, water retention and hormones. The bottom line-cellulite sucks. There are some ways to reduce the appearance though.
First, I think detoxing is very helpful-get in the habit of salt baths (learn more HERE), increase veggies and fruits and drink TONS of water. Last, let’s make a DIY Cellulite Smoothing Body Cream that will not only nourish, but will also combat cellulite by revving up circulation, and helping rid our body of water retention.
First off, let’s talk ingredients-when I came up with this cream originally, I only added lavender essential oil. Lavender oil is healing, anti inflammatory and nourishing but it just wasn’t going to cut it in terms of smoothing the skin. Geranium essential oil is extremely helpful with water retention and poor circulation. Geranium oil stimulates the lymphatic system which encourages the body to release excess water that is retained in the tissue, which causes cellulite. It causes the skin to contract, which means firmer, tighter skin! Geranium oil also helps to ease PMS and balance hormones. As you can see, it is a great choice for this body cream!
Shea Butter and Avocado Oil are extremely moisturizing. They help hydrate skin so skin is smooth, supple and not ashy!
Rosehip Seed Oil is a “beauty” oil. It helps even skin tone, rejuvenate and even smooth scars. Read all about the many benefits of this oil HERE.
Vitamin E not only contains a ton of antioxidants, it also will help keep your cream fresh, longer!
DIY Cellulite Smoothing Body Cream
1 cup Distilled water
- Fill two medium sauce pans about half way full with water.
- Place a glass pyrex measuring cup in each pot and turn on stove top to medium heat.
- Add emulsifying wax, avocado oil and rosehip seed oil to one pot.
- Add distilled water and neodefend to the other pot.
- Heat both mixtures until the emulsifying wax has totally melted.
- Check temperatures of both pots with a thermometer.
- **BOTH mixtures must be the same temp before you combine them or your cream won’t set.**
- When both your oil mixture and water mixture reach around 130-160 degrees, pour your water mixture into your oil mixture.
- Use a hand held blender and mix your cream.
- Continue to mix periodically (every 10 minutes or so) until you notice that water is no longer separating on the bottom. This tends to take about 30 minutes.
- Once fully mixed, add vitamin E, lavender and geranium essential oils then pour into containers.
This recipe makes about 12 ounces. I like to store my cream in THESE bottles-A spout of pump is the best route because it helps keep your cream free from bacteria.
The shelf life of this moisturizer is about 3 months. This cream does not need to be kept in the fridge, but if you do, you will prolong the shelf life.
When applying your cream, be sure to massage it into the legs thoroughly. Massage can encourage added circulation and water drainage to also help combat cellulite! Use long, firm motions when applying.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on making your own body cream! This cream is thick, creamy and luxurious!