The do-it-yourself anti-cellulite massage reactivates circulation and counteracts water retention and orange peel skin. Here's how to do it
- What it is and benefits
- How to do it
- Anti-cellulite massage oil
What it is and benefits
The do-it-yourself anti-cellulite massage allows you to reactivate blood and lymphatic circulation, promote microcirculation and drain fluids, counteracting swelling in the legs and orange peel skin. To understand why massage is effective against cellulite, it is necessary to understand what are the underlying causes of this imperfection. Cellulite in fact depends on complex cellular, vascular and fibrous changes. It is a condition that occurs mainly in women from puberty onwards, mainly affecting the legs, thighs and buttocks.
The areas of the body affected by cellulite initially appear swollen, red, often colder than the surrounding areas. This occurs due to dysfunctions related to blood and lymphatic circulation which is unable to remove waste substances produced by adipocytes, the cells of adipose tissue. Due to the suffering of the microcirculation, metabolic and trophic alterations of the tissues and of the vascular permeability occur. The liquid escapes from the cells and accumulates on the outside, creating inflammation. The fibroblasts are stimulated and there is hyperproduction of the connective fibers which modifies the structure of the tissues, incorporating the fat cells in visible knots as holes on the skin. At this point a vicious circle is established as the nodules further constrict the vessels, slowing down the microcirculation even more. For this reason, in the absence of interventions, cellulite does not regress and indeed tends to worsen more and more until it reaches an irreversible stage.
The anti-cellulite massage aims to improve circulation, so as to promote exchanges between small blood vessels and restore the correct metabolic functioning of the cells. If performed correctly and consistently, the massage allows you to drain excess fluids, reducing swelling and cellulite over time.
How to do it
The anti-cellulite massage is a first choice treatment against cellulite but, in order to be effective, it must be performed in the correct way and the ideal would be to rely on expert hands. However, if this is not possible, you can use the DIY massage, paying attention to the movements to be made. In the anti-cellulite massage, the touch must be light and it is not necessary to press or pinch the skin: it is sufficient to perform circular movements by moving the hands from the bottom upwards starting from the feet, then going up towards the ankles, legs and thighs, up to the buttocks. To perform the self-massage, you initially sit with your legs semi-extended and your knees slightly bent on a comfortable surface, for example on the bed or sofa, so as to be able to easily reach your ankles and legs. When you get to the hips and buttocks, the self-massage can be done by lying on one side or standing up.
Generally, the anti-cellulite massage is carried out with vegetable oils which, in addition to reducing friction and promoting hand movements, soften the skin and can deliver active ingredients capable of counteracting water retention and orange peel. In fact, natural ingredients with vasotonic properties can be added to the vegetable oil, capable of improving the tone of blood vessels, reducing permeability and promoting the reabsorption of liquids. To increase skin permeability, it is advisable to carry out an anti-cellulite massage after having subjected the skin to temperatures higher than the ambient one, for example after a hot bath, sauna or Turkish bath or after having performed a scrub.
Anti-cellulite massage oil
To carry out anti-cellulite massages, you can use homemade massage oils with natural ingredients. In fact, massage oils are made with vegetable oil and essential oils. Just get a clean and dry 50 milliliter dark glass bottle and fill it with a vegetable oil or a mixture of several oils. For example, you can choose sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, rice oil or liquid jojoba wax, all easily available in health food stores or grocery stores. Then one to three essential oils are added, up to a maximum of 50 drops. The essential oils most used in anti-cellulite massage oils are those of cypress, mint, rosemary, lemon, sweet orange and grapefruit. Finally, the bottle is closed and shaken slightly, it is labeled indicating the list of ingredients used and the date of preparation and waits one day. The massage oil is kept at room temperature for three months, away from sources of light and heat.
Before proceeding with the massage, it is recommended to take a warm bath followed by an exfoliating treatment. As with massage oil, scrubs can also be DIY, simply by mixing together one part of coarse cooking salt and three parts of olive oil. The scrub should be massaged into wet skin and rinsed off with soap and water. The massage is then performed on dry skin, pouring a small amount of massage oil on the palms of the hands. The oil is then massaged until absorbed. To obtain appreciable results, the anti-cellulite massage should be performed one to three times a week, combining it with good nutrition and a healthy and active lifestyle.
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