Anti-cellulite muds are among the best treatments for defeating orange peel. Let’s find out how they work, what their benefits and contraindications are.
Muds are a very famous and effective anti-cellulite treatment, one of the best for getting rid of orange peel, water retention and localized fat. There are different types of anti-cellulite mud available on the market, with ingredients suitable for all needs.
The basic recipe, however, is always the same: clay, algae and thermal water , to which are added active ingredients such as caffeine, centella asiatica, horse chestnut and ivy. Let’s take a closer look at how they work.
Anti-cellulite mud: contraindications and properties
Muds help fight cellulite primarily because they improve circulation . The combined action of clay and vasodilating ingredients stimulates local microcirculation. The essential oils and other active ingredients that we talked about above, help to tone the skin and expel excess fluids. Furthermore, the clay absorbs toxins and gives its precious properties to the skin.
The muds are therefore excellent for purifying and toning the skin, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and thus defeating cellulite.
However, the possible side effects should not be underestimated. First of all, they are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, because of essential oils and other active ingredients that could be harmful. The algae contained in some formulations may be contraindicated to those suffering from thyroid problems . Finally, the hot effect of the mud can cause the capillaries to rupture.
Anti-cellulite muds: how to use them
Anti-cellulite mud is applied to thoroughly cleansed skin after a hot shower. They can be used on the legs, thighs, hips, abdomen and in general on all areas affected by cellulite.
After applying them in circular movements, you must cover the area with plastic wrap and leave it on for 15 to 40 minutes , depending on the instructions on the package.
Do-it-yourself anti-cellulite mud
If you don’t want to buy them, you can also prepare the mud yourself . Unlike commercial ones, homemade ones are 100% natural. The ingredients to be used are:
• 2 tablespoons of green clay; 2 tablespoons of Dead Sea salt (or coarse iodized salt); 2 spoons of olive oil; 2 drops of lemon essential oil; 2 drops of rosemary essential oil; and infused with green tea just enough.
Slowly add the green tea to the clay, until you get a soft cream . Add the oil and essential oils and mix. Finally, add the salt to the mud and mix again. Keep the sludge in the refrigerator for only a few days.