Reduce the appearance of cellulite and bloating with this easy essential-oil serum. A mix of grapefruit, cedarwood, and peppermint oils stimulates circulation when exercise is not an option. Plus, get our tips for spa-worthy treatments at home.
The Recipe Mix in a glass cup or bottle, and swirl to blend:
• 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil • 2 teaspoons grapefruit oil • 1/4 teaspoon cedarwood oil • 1/4 teaspoon geranium oil • 5 drops peppermint oil
(If you are mixing in a glass, put it at the back of your sink so it doesn't spill during this next step.)
The Method "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 Hope Gillerman, author of Essential Oils Every Day and founder of H. Gillerman Organics luxury essential oils remedies. Mimic the same process in the shower with a mild soap. Then once out of the shower, while skin is still damp, apply your body-oil cocktail to legs, hips, abdomen, and tops of your feet in long upward strokes. "These oils are vasoconstrictors and diuretics, stimulating circulation and supporting the lymphatic system to keep fluids moving when exercise is not an option," she says.
Once you've discovered the power of essential oils, try your hand at these easy DIY beauty treatments. We've got easy ideas for skin, hair, and nails.