We all fight this Monster! CELLULITE! I officially Hate You! I did tons of things to make sure I have the smoothest possible skin but it all comes back if you don't watch the diet, exercise or gained weight with pregnancy. I did LPG before but had to move from the area and it became too far to travel for appointments. The results were however incredible! Anyways...
Today my post will be about certain massage technique I use at home to eliminate cellulite and improve the area with stretch marks. I have no extra money or time to visit professionals but I still want to look great!
I always try to research before doing anything funky but this method totally got me hooked. It's called Cupping)
- Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps).(Definition from google)
There are many ways Cupping can help although no 100% scientific evidence was found, this is why it is alternative medicine. But for the purpose of this post lets focus on the anti-cellulite and antistretchmarks uses.
So i googled and googled and then followed some great advice from a great motivator of mine and finally ordered the cup on ebay. It is a silicon cup that is somewhat easy to squeeze. You can buy bigger diameter one, which is also great and more effective they say. This one works for me.
I also got the glass set with different sizes because eventually when I have more time, I will be doing some exercises to reduce the wrinkles on my face and neck, yes only with the cups! No special creams! Will do a post on that as well.
Now all you need is your favorite oil or body lotion that does not dry out right away on the skin. My personal preferences are:
- organic coconut oil.
Everybody knows its benefits. It became so popular that people seem to add it everywhere now: cosmetics, food and what not) i massage my baby with it and My mother in law pours it on squeeky doors lol instead of WD-40 haha :)
- Bio Oil -
I first heard about this magical oil from an instagram account I follow. Young mother of two was so toned, her body was like a teenager's and I asked what was her secret. She made a separate post about this Bio Oil that she was applying day and night while she was pregnant and then afterwards it became a habit. It really moisturized the skin and helped prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks. I am personally rather lazy when it comes to consistency but with this oil it is so simple. It has no harsh smell, in fact I can barely smell it at all. It glides and dries very quickly.
- Clarins Body Treatment Oil -
100% Pure Plant Extracts for firming and toning. I shopped in Sephora when I was pregnant for some products, which prevent or reduce stretch marks. So the assistant there recommended this "best-seller" at the time. The 100% plant extract meant to me it is natural and that it will not negatively affect my baby. Plus, the smell of the oil reminded me of the visit to my favorite spa in NYC at Mandarin Oriental Hotel. When i apply it all over I am automatically transferred into that relaxation room with my massage therapist and the sound of the little bell ringing for relaxation. I simply loved the experienced and this oil brings back those wonderful memories.
Soooo what you basically have to do is apply generous amount over the area you want to massage and use suction to attach the cup to the skin. Then with the cup still being sucked onto the skin you try to glide it over the skin in really whatever direction you want but alternating for better results. I do each leg ,for example, for 10 minutes.
Watch several Tutorials on Youtube like this one
Or this woman actually recorded each session to show the actual results
My results are very satisfying. The oils in combination with the cupping really smoothed out some of the orange skin looking areas. It takes time and consistency ladies! So if you started on this journey, don't give up because you will love the results.
- consult with a specialist before trying to make sure this technique will not do more harm than good.
- It will hurt at first! But it gets better witheach session.
- after about a week or two after constant cupping, the cellulite area may look worse but dont worry it is because it is moving there and about to break down.
- You will get bruises if doing the first time and not sure how to attach the cup correctly!
- do not work with the inner thigh
Here is a photo I found online - (This is NOT my Butt lol)
Thank you for reading the post. I hope some of you may find it useful. Please share your personal strategy to fight cellulite and stretch marks!
I wish Younique had Body Products. I bet they would be very successful!