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If you have cellulite and you’re keen to get rid of it, you’ve no doubt read up on all manner of so-called miracle cures.
Not to burst your bubble, but there’s something you should know – there is no known cure for cellulite and only a few select ways to perhaps reduce its appearance.
Slight negative out of the way, let’s focus on the facts and the positives.
First of all, it’s important to realise that cellulite isn’t dangerous. It poses no health risk to your body at all, but it can pose a risk to your self-confidence levels if you allow yourself to fixate upon it. Many men and women avoid going to the beach or pool, and avoid wearing certain types of clothing, because they are conscious of their cellulite.
You know what? A huge number of people have cellulite. It’s estimated that between 80-90% of women will develop cellulite at some point in their lives, and men aren’t immune to it either.
Whilst women are more susceptible, due to the way their connective tissues are arranged versus the way a man’s are, it doesn’t mean that it’s rare for a man to develop a certain amount of cellulite either.
The biggest risk areas for cellulite tend to be on the lower abdomen, the backs and sides of the thighs, and on the buttocks. For this reason, many men and women obsess over their cellulite before summer comes around, worrying what they will look like on the beach. The fact is that everyone else is too busy worrying about their cellulite to even notice yours!
If you do want to do something about your cellulite however, there are a few natural methods you can try. Not everyone has the money for expensive cosmetic treatments, and not everyone wants to go down that line.
Simple changes to your lifestyle and diet may be enough to reduce the effects, but there are a few other extras you can try. With that in mind, this article is going to ask ‘does coconut oil get rid of cellulite?’
Does it get rid of cellulite completely? No. Coconut oil is a wondrous thing in many ways, but it’s not going to complete wipe out your cellulite. What it may do is reduce the effects to a level which you’re happy with. For most people, that’s enough.
Before we really get into the why’s and wherefores however, let’s first ascertain what cellulite is and what causes it.
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What is Cellulite, and What Causes it?
Cellulite is a harmless, superficial effect which appears on the skin and causes confidence issues for many people. Some can go about their lives not even perturbed by it, whilst others focus on it to the extreme.
As we mentioned before, cellulite isn’t dangerous, and shouldn’t be confused with cellulitis, which is a totally different thing and far more serious.
Cellulite occurs when fat deposits below the surface of the skin begin to protrude and push up against the connective tissues which sit above.
If these tissues are weak, and depending how much the fat deposits push against them, they can bulge upwards and cause the orange peel/cottage cheese/mattress effect which everyone knows cellulite to be.
This is a dimpling, sagging, and indentation effect which can affect any part of the body, but as before, is more likely to appear on the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen.
Anybody can develop cellulite, whether overweight or skinny, and there is no 100% definite proof on why some people get it (most people) and others manage to get away with it. Lifestyle and dietary factors do play a part, as well as smoking, exercise, age, hormones, and genetics. Some of those you can change, others you can’t.
The reason that women are more likely to get cellulite compared to men is because their connective tissues are arranged in a vertical pattern. Men’s are arranged in a criss cross, which is a little stronger. This is thought to be the reason, and the only one which has been identified by those doing research into the subject.
What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is used in both cookery and for health and beauty reasons, and is extremely common in this day and age. As the name would suggest, coconut oil is the oil extracted from coconuts, and it is a great source of healthy fats.
Coconut oil is used widely for health and beauty reasons, including to moisturise and strengthen the hair, perhaps in shampoo or as a hair mask, as well as being used in skin masks and other products designed to hydrate and protect the skin from harmful environmental factors.
Because of the smooth and luxurious feel of coconut oil products, it is an extremely popular ingredient and one which you will find widely on sale in both supermarkets and health stores.
Coconut oil also has a low melting point, so it is easy to use, simply by holding it in your hands and waiting for it to melt. By doing this, you can easily massage it into your skin for a luxurious and wonderful smelling treat.
With that in mind, does coconut oil get rid of cellulite? Ah, the burning question!
Does Coconut Oil Get Rid of Cellulite?
Most people attempting to alter the amount of cellulite they have with coconut oil simply use it as a massage aid. For instance, they will hold it in their hands until it melts enough to be rubbed or massaged into the area. The oil will then naturally absorb and do it’s magic.
Coconut oil is very easy to apply and not as sticky or oily as it sounds. Again, it smells wonderful, which is why you’ll find it as a key ingredient in many health and beauty products, including sun lotion.
The reason that coconut oil may have some effect on cellulite is because it is ideal for hydrating and smoothing. When you hydrate the skin and massage, you’re boosting circulation to the area, which may help to reduce the effects of the cellulite you already have. It’s probably not going to completely get rid of it however, as we mentioned before.
Some users state that their cellulite was reduced in terms of the dimples being less prominent, and that seems to be something which coconut oil aims to do, rather than wiping it out completely. By masking the effects, if you only have a mild amount of cellulite, you could actually create a far more even and toned effect, and your cellulite would be far less visible to the naked eye, especially from a short distance away.
Virgin coconut oil is the best to use, because it is in its purest form, with nothing else added in. The beauty industry is all about prolonging the shelf life of products and boosting them with other natural extras, but this can take away some of the potency of the main ingredient, so go with the purest option and try virgin coconut oil first of all.
The main effect of virgin coconut oil is a healing effect and also possibly boosting collagen formation in the trouble area. Collagen helps to strength the connective tissues and give them more elasticity.
This is something which fades naturally as age ticks on; one of the reasons why age tends to make cellulite worse. By boosting collagen production, you’re strengthening those connective tissues. This makes it harder for fat deposits beneath the surface to push upwards and cause the cellulite effect.
In that case, virgin coconut oil could help to avoid further cellulite, and possibly reduce the effects of the cellulite you already have.
You will find collagen is an ingredient in many skin firming creams, but when you use virgin coconut oil, you’re triggering a natural reaction, without adding anything false or foreign.
To sum up this section however, there isn’t a lot of evidence to back up claims that coconut oil can completely get rid of cellulite. It may be useful in other regards however, e.g. reducing the appearance and helping to avoid further formation in the future.
How to Use Coconut Oil For Cellulite
If you want to give coconut oil a try and see if it helps to reduce the effects of your cellulite, there are a few ways you can go. You can purchase a product which contains pure coconut oil, such as a body butter, a moisturiser, a cellulite massage cream, or a scrub, or you can purchase pure virgin coconut oil yourself and use it in its most natural form.
Coconut oil is widely available and quite low in cost, so it won’t be an issue to find, and it won’t break the bank. By opting for the natural form, you’re also reducing the effects of any other ingredients in a product, which you may or may not have a personal allergy to.
Some people also choose to use coconut oil as a base when using cellulite massage with essential oils. Be sure to read into this and check that you’re using an oil which doesn’t interact, however rose, frankincense, and lavender compliment coconut oil well and are quite common in massage for skin issues. It’s best to do a patch test first of all, to check that you don’t have any skin allergies to any of the oils, before attempting to massage into a larger area.
Once you’ve decided on the medium, you simply either follow the instructions on the product you’ve purchased, or you melt the oil in your hands and simply massage it into the trouble area. It’s best to use a circular motion when massaging the area, as this will boost circulation, hopefully boost collagen production, and will also give you a relaxing massage on top of everything else.
Points to be Aware of
Coconut oil is very common and many people use it, making it safe for most people, however it’s important to do a small patch test before you use it for the first time. We mentioned this with essential oil usage, but you should try a patch test before you use any new product for the first time.
We all have specific allergies and reactions to products, so it’s important not to cause yourself a bigger problem than the one you’re trying to target. Simply apply the oil to a very small area and leave it for a few hours to see if anything happens. If it doesn’t, you’re good to go.
Some people are allergic to coconut, including the oil itself. The main symptoms of a reaction include itching, hives, and redness, as well as heat in the area. If you notice this, do not use the oil anymore and seek out your doctor’s help.
So, does coconut oil get rid of cellulite? Again, not completely. What coconut oil can do is reduce the appearance and possibly reduce the chances of you developing more cellulite in the future, but this would need to be in conjunction with lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as boosting your exercise routine to help the oil do its work.
There is no known cure for cellulite, and whilst some cosmetic treatments, such as lasers, can help to get rid of cellulite for a few months, it will return afterwards and another treatment will be required to maintain the results.
These types of treatments are expensive and time consuming. You’ll also find all manner of lotions and potions on sale which promise you the Earth, but few of these have much in the way of evidence to back up their claims. Products containing Retinol may reduce the effects of cellulite, but only for a temporary period of time. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid these products.
With all of this in mind, coconut oil is a relatively inexpensive and less time consuming option to try, and if nothing else, you’ll smell great and have soft skin!
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