Cellulite is just a part of life—it happens to everyone, even models like Ashley Graham, fitspirational trainers like Anna Victoria, and all those perfect-looking people you see on your Instagram feed—and is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. (Cue all the #LoveMyShape body-pos feels.) Cellulite is simply fat beneath the skin—and no magical remedy will get it to completely go away. (More on the science of cellulite and the most common cellulite myths right here.)
But if you want to boost circulation, smooth the appearance cellulite, and reduce the look of bloating using essential oils? Try this recipe from Hope Gillerman, author of Essential Oils Every Day and founder of H. Gillerman Organics luxury essential oils remedies.
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 teaspoons grapefruit oil
- 1/4 teaspoon cedarwood oil
- 1/4 teaspoon geranium oil
- 5 drops of peppermint oil
Mix the ingredients in a glass cup or bottle and swirl to blend. "Before entering the shower, dry brush your skin with a rough washcloth, lightly going over both legs and hips using a circular motion and upward strokes," says Gillerman. Mimic the same process in the shower with a mild soap. Then, once you're out of the shower while your skin is still damp, apply your body oil cocktail to your legs, hips, abdomen and the tops of your feet in long upward strokes. For even better results, do this during your post-workout shower after crushing this cellulite-smoothing legs and butt workout. (Next up, try Gillerman's other genius essential oil recipes: an energizing serum, DIY body and feet scrub, a refreshing rosewater skin-care spray, and a moisturizing trick for dry and brittle nails.)