Gone are the days of the supple, smooth skin of my youth. Don’t get me wrong, I feel like my skin is still pretty darn great for being in my 30s, but there are some stretch marks from baby, quite possibly some spider veins here and there and yes, a touch of…cellulite!! Just a touch. 😉
It’s okay and part of a woman’s life, right? Yes! Eighty percent of women have cellulite on their body at some point in their lifetime, to a varying degree (source). What exactly is it? Cellulite is simply fat deposits trapped under the skin. This occurs in women of all different body types.
Some think the reasons for getting cellulite are:
- Hormonal in nature
- Due to poor circulation
- Toxic build-up
- Diminishing collagen stores as we age
All of these can be contributing factors so do eat a nutrient-dense diet, move your body regularly, lessen your toxic load (toxins accumulate in fatty tissue) and stay well-hydrated each day. The occasional, gentle cleanse can be a great idea, too as it flushes the lymphatic system where cellulite builds up. And sometimes no matter what you do, it’s just there. It just is. This must be the genetic factor!
If you’re like me and aren’t super excited about the appearance of cellulite, here’s a little DIY Coconut Coffee Sugar Scrub recipe that might just help diminish its appearance and get the blood moving in those areas a bit more.
- Combine everything in a bowl and mix.
- Store in a glass mason jar.
- You can refrigerate your jar to make it firm up, just know that when there is warm weather or it is sitting in a hot shower, it will soften.
- Use a few times a week to exfoliate and refresh the skin.
- Every skin type is different and this may be too harsh as a facial exfoliant, you can determine this for yourself but will definitely be great everywhere else.
Coconut oil is excellent for skin as the medium-chain fatty acid profile keeps your skin from losing moisture. It can be very nourishing and healing to dry, irritated skin. Coconut oil also contains lauric and capryllic acid, both are antimicrobial in nature and good for eczema and fungal infections.
Raw, organic sugar is void of GMOs and acts as a natural exfoliant to slough away those dead skin cells.
Coffee grounds also exfoliate as well as tighten skin and stimulate blood flow of the lymphatic system due to the caffeine within the grounds.
This little scrub smells like a yummy latte, so pamper yourself and enjoy your refreshed and radiant skin!
If your feet are also tired, give our DIY Lemon Foot Scrub a spin, too!