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Fight Cellulite Naturally

Even if you don’t technically know what cellulite is or why it develops, you most likely do know what it looks like.

Cellulite is a collection of lumps that many say resemble cottage cheese, that form underneath the skin giving it an uneven appearance. Cellulite usually collects around the thighs, stomach, and butt and concern over its mysterious appearance has boosted sales of miracle cure products the world over.

Unfortunately it seems most of these products have been declared relatively useless in the fight against cellulite and since many contain harsh and unnatural chemical ingredients they should be avoided anyway.

So what is cellulite?

These lumps are actually just collections of fat that push against the connective tissue underneath the skin, which causes the surface of the skin to dimple or pucker. Whatever it is, most women would be happy to ban the cellulite for life if they only knew how.

The battle against cellulite can not be won with a bottle of cream though. It needs to be fought from the inside of the body out.

Here are some green and natural ways to fight the lumps.

Exercise and Burn Fat

Slimming and toning is the most important step to getting rid of cellulite. Eliminating excess fat and flushing your body with lots of water to remove toxins will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Exercise also helps to encourage circulation and lymph flow which will help with the removal of toxic buildup and cellular health. If you are already slim, then concentrate on toning and muscle strength, which will help burn away fatty deposits that even thin skinny people have.

Dry Brushing and Massage

These two practices help improve lymph flow and propel fluid in cellulite affected areas. You need to get the bad stuff mobilized and moving out of the body and as your body becomes congested massaging and dry brushing help to get your body systems working more effectively and get rid of the build-up. You can try home massagers, have your spouse be your personal masseur, and even regular visits to a massage parlor.

Dry brushing is usually done in the morning before showering. Just spend 5-10 minutes using a soft bristled brush all over your body, using upward strokes towards the heart. Afterwards you can take a shower to wash off exfoliated skin…another benefit of dry brushing.

Ger Regular

It is not uncommon for women who have cellulite issues to also have issues with irregular bowels. In general they seem to struggle with releasing waste matter the way they should be. Start eating a balanced, organic diet with lots of fiber.

All natural smoothies (Pineapple & Pear Smoothie) in particular are wonderful for regularity.

Many natural living enthusiasts also swear by using Colema boards, which are basically fancy home enema systems. Also drink lots of water and perhaps do a juice fast one weekend a month to help regulate your bowels.

Try these techniques along with some fat burning metabolic cooking recipes for a few months and marvel at the results.

Nothing in a bottle can even come close.

Tips for Healthy Skin

Let’s look at some easy ways to look younger, slow the aging process, get help for dry skin, skin elasticity and skin protection.

Keeping in mind the words all natural.

The best ingredients for your skin are the simplest ones.

Look for basic ingredients on labels such as water, glycerin, herbal extracts, plant oils, and beeswax….just to name a few.

Healthy Skin Care

Help for Dry Skin

We cannot stress enough how important drinking lots of water is for the health and beauty of our skin and the entire body.

8 glasses a day at least, just for regular maintenance, more during times of strenuous exercise.

Vitamin E is very important for helping dry skin.  It can be taken as capsules to help from the inside and used as rich emollient cream to smooth on the skin to help on the outside.

Other helpful supplements to increase moisture include Flaxseed Oil, Omega 3 and Primrose Oil.

All beneficial and nutricious for our skin.

Try moisturizing facial masks with nourishing ingredients especially for dry skin.

An easy mask to try is the Peach Mask. Mash a fresh peach, mix with just enough warm olive oil to form a spreadable paste.  Smooth on clean wet skin, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.  Afterwards use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

Improve Elasticity

Hydrate…hydrate…hydrate…and moisturize!!!   Skin elasticity increases with the increase of hydration within the layers of skin.  This can be achieved by taking in lots of water and applying moisturizer to the skin in the form of moisturizing masks and just our everyday moisturizer we apply just before makeup.

Also, as previously mentioned for dry skin, taking supplements is an easy way to improve elasticity in the form of Flaxseed Oil, Omega 3 and Primrose Oil.

Importance of Exfoliation

Removing the oldest dead skin cells is the reason and process of all facials.  This removal unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and reduces acne breakouts. To achieve exfoliation,  abrasives for the skin include sugar or salt crystals, crushed almonds, oatmeal, cornmeal and micro-bead facial scrubs to mention a few.  These ingredients can be made into cleansing facial scrubs.

Dry brushing is another effective method to help improve your skins health and appearance.

Skin Protection

Here’s a few important skin tips to protect skin and keep it looking younger and healthier.

1. Limit sun exposure which causes many types of aging skin damage:

  • age spots
  • wrinkles
  • freckles
  • skin cancer
  • benign growths

Stay indoors when the sun is most intense, usually between 10am and 3pm.  Apply sunscreen regularly.

2. Stay hydrated. Keeping skin moist is essential to protect skin.  Drink lots of water, use moisturizer according to your skin type. Take warm showers and baths for 15 minutes.  Hot water removes moisture from our skin.

3. Use gentle skin care.  Nothing too abrasive for your skin type.  The exfoliating process should be gentle and nourishing and products used should be mild not irritating for sensitive skin.

Try some gentle and nourishing Natural Skin Care Recipes.

4. Pay special attention to moles, freckles and growths.  See your doctor if you notice any changes.  Prompt attention can usually reduce any associated problems.

Final note:  Taking good care of our skin from the outside and nourishing from the inside, skin protection is easy.  Love, protect and care for the skin we’re in!!

Dry Brushing Skin Massage and Exfoliation

Is your aging skin becoming rough and dry?

Naturally as we age it becomes more difficult for our skin to produce protective fibrous proteins or retain moisture, and our skin begins to become rough and dry from the natural process of uneven skin erosion.

The process of dry brush exfoliation removes the rough and dry outer layer of skin to reveal new younger skin.

Dry brushing helps your skin by uncloging pores alowing your skin to breath, thus increasing your skins ability to absorb vital nutrients and flush out harmful toxins – this helps increase your skins ability to begin producing more new skin cells.

This practice of massaging and exfoliating the skin will help improve your skins health and overall appearance.

In addition to exfoliating your dead skin cells and removing barriers to toxin excretion, dry brushing is also wonderful for lymph vessels and capillaries.

Dry brushing should be done using strokes that go towards the heart, aiding in the body’s blood circulation.

This is why many dry brushing enthusiasts feel so refreshed and invigorated after a brushing session, because their circulation improves.

Starting out gently is advised and then as you get used to the practice you can brush more vigorously.

Dry brushing also massages the lymph nodes and gets them functioning as well. Our lymph nodes are responsible for filtering and removing invading organisms and abnormal cells as part of our immune system.

Massaging them to encourage better functionality can have a big impact on our health and our ability to keep from getting sick.

Dry Brush Selection

You will need to select a good brush that will gently brush and massage your skin. A good dry brush for exfoliation and massaging can run anywhere from a few dollars upwards too $250 for electric brushes like the CLARISONIC Plus.

Brushes with long handles are the best since you will be exfoliating all of your body including hard to reach places like your back.

Dry Brushing Easy Steps

Dry brush exfoliation involves taking a soft bristled brush, similar to what you use on your hair except with a long handle, and brushing it across your whole body in a massage like fashion. There are also special gloves that can be used to dry brush.

The best time to dry brush is usually before you shower and while your skin is dry (hence dry brushing).

Our bodies form a new top layer of skin every 24 hours or so.

Dry brushing helps to shred off the skin’s topmost layer allowing the softer, smoother, skin below to surface and breath.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Make sure your skin is dry and stand in shower with water off.
  2. Starting with your feet use small gentle circular movements and brush upwards moving towards your heart. Make sure to avoid any skin sores, open wounds or rashes.
  3. Brush one leg at a time gently moving upwards in small circular movements. Avoid sensitive places like your genitalia.
  4. Once you have completed both legs, brush the fingertips of each arm. Again small cirular movements and brush up your arms towards your heart.
  5. Begin brushing your lower back and brush towards your stomach. Then brush upwards towards your heart.
  6. Starting at your stomach brush upwards towards your heart. Avoid sensitive areas like your breast or nipples.
  7. When finished shower as normal.

Dry Brushing Tips

  • Start out softly at first to avoid soreness and gradually apply more pressure over time.
  • Be careful not to brush over open wounds and cuts or rashes.
  • Use brush strokes that go towards the heart. The exception to this is when you are brushing over the stomach, when you should brush in a clockwise fashion to aid digestion.
  • Wash your dry brush after every use to wash off dead skin cells.
  • Brush when the skin is dry and then shower afterwards to wash off any remaining dead skin cells.
  • Use natural bristles if possible and brushes made with sustainable materials such as ethically harvested wood or bamboo.
  • If your skin is dry, rub in natural oils like Jojoba afterwards. It will soften the skin and it won’t clog pores.
  • Brush once or twice a week for best results.

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