With its mouth-watering aroma and uplifting effects, the pink grapefruit became almost everyone’s favorite. Pretty much the same goes for its essential oil. We now know of at least five beneficial effects of Pink Grapefruit essential oil against cellulite.
Women’s metabolism works in strange ways. The body stores all manner of fats in the eventuality of a pregnancy. It sounds rather crazy, but it’s actually quite smart. It’s a surviving technique, so the pregnant woman can support her infant’s development.
Since that’s not the case anymore, women have many options to get rid of that unaesthetic “orange peel” skin. Luckily, natural remedies and ingredients like the oil of Grapefruit can help us all overcome that problem.
This essential oil is a tonic, an astringent and a lipophilic. It is a toxin cleanser and a good fluid retention controller. Now’s your chance to find out more details about all these effects, and how they can help you improve the aspect of cellulite.
All this can be found in the first part of the article. That’s where you’ll also find a couple of anti-cellulite serums.
Afterwards, you can continue learning more about this fruit and its essential oil extraction. What makes it bitter and what makes it safe to use in Aromatherapy beauty blends? I will answer these questions in the last part of this post. Enjoy!
Did you know?
- In Corsica, the grapefruit is the only citrus that makes it through the winter successfully. It is often harvested right after the winter passes up until summer again. Some fruits get to spend even a year on the tree branches.
5 Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil Anti-Cellulite Qualities, Plus Useful Blends
Botanical name: Citrus x paradisi; Citrus paradisi L.; Citrus racemosa; Citrus maxima
Texture: very thin, almost watery oil.
Aroma: Citrusy, fruity and slightly acidic, with bitter undertones. It is stronger than the white variety.
Color: transparent – yellow.
Other names: Shaddock (English Captain), forbidden fruit.
Grapefruit is a wonderful fruit to have to start your day. You can have it at breakfast or between meals to quench sugar cravings and to burn fat. But you can also use its essential oil to inhale its deeply refreshing and joyous aroma. The citrus perfume will wake up all your senses and get you ready for a new day in a few minutes.
But underneath all those qualities, there is a lot more about this oil. Pink Grapefruit essential oil has many qualities that make it one of the best ingredients against cellulite.
I intend to explain to you in detail what they are, and how they act and react when used on cellulite skin. But all these qualities come from the oil’s complex chemistry.
- 90 – 98% Limonene.
- Myrcene, citral and citronellal.
- Pinene, terpinene.
The major constituent – Limonene – is the one that gives the oil its fruity and citrusy aroma. But it also gives it antiseptic, sedative and antiviral effects. Limonene also acts as an anti-tumor agent and DNA protector. It can prevent the cells from being damaged by free radicals and other toxins.
All the other substances support and enhance the effects of limonene, all acting in a perfect synergy. Broken down like this, the oil may not seem much. But when all these substances combine, they affect the skin in various ways.
The essential oil can act as:
- Draining agent,
- And detoxifier.
It also improves the microcirculation of the epidermis and helps burn the fat. This brings us to the matter of cellulite and how to get rid of it with Pink Grapefruit essential oil. Let’s see how!
First of all, cellulite is one of the medical terms that describe the dimpled and lumpy “orange peel” aspect of the skin. It is said that cellulite can affect both sexes, though I don’t usually hear or see men with it.
Women on the other hand, can store special types of fat and have a different type of connective tissue than men. Like I said in the introduction, one of the most pertinent explanations I found was the one related to the survival of the species.
Cellulite causes are not well-known or even well-understood. Some doctors say that it may be the work of hormones and genetics. While others say it’s the diet, tight clothes or underwear and lifestyle.
The majority agrees that cellulite is normal and that it will never go away. But there are indeed lots of tricks to do to improve its aspect dramatically. This is where our Pink Grapefruit essential oil comes in!
A healthier diet, along with regular exercising and a balanced weight will keep your cellulite in check. Regular massages with homemade blends will add to the quality of the skin on your thighs or hips.
Here are the qualities that make the oil of Pink Grapefruit useful in treating and improving the aspect of cellulite:
This describes the action of breaking down lipids or else known as fats. The scent of the oil of Grapefruit alone can stimulate the burning of fat, as per one Japanese study.
Because it contains citral and citronellal, the oil has astringent qualities as well. Vitamin C is a great astringent agent. This means that it can shrink the pores and tighten the skin, making it look firmer.
The fruit is full of vitamin C, but this vitamin has a large molecular size and is soluble only in water. This means that vitamin C does not exist in the essential oil. It is so because the steam can’t extract it from the rinds.
Only the Pink Grapefruit seed extract and the cold-pressed oil contain vitamin C. That is because they’re mechanically pressed (squeezed). However, these two types of oils are photo-toxic and should not be used before sun exposure.
The steam distilled essential oil is the only one safe to use during sun exposure! Why? Because some substances are too heavy to be extracted via steam distillation. Bergapten is responsible for the photo-toxicity and it is one such substance.
This quality helps the lymphatic system work properly. This lymphatic system is a big part of the circulatory system. Pink Grapefruit essential oil can stimulate and activate both.
This effect will result in a better blood circulation that will deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the epidermis. It will help it regenerate and replenish. The lymph’s role (a fluid full of white blood cells) is to travel by blood and fight off infections.
Draining and water retention control effects
The body is assailed by toxins every day. A strong immune system will be able to protect the body against their harmful effects. Grapefruit oil can strengthen the immune system and can drain the toxins out. It can stimulate the sweating glands and force all harmful chemicals out.
The oil can also control the water retention, which in time will add to the circumference of the thighs and waist. This study here monitored women who massaged their body with a concentrated lotion for six weeks, five days a week.
They focused on the thighs and abdomen, and used a 3% concentration of Pink Grapefruit essential oil. That would be 9 drops of essential oil in 30 ml (1 Oz.) carrier oil. Their fat and waist circumference has significantly decreased at the end of the 6 weeks.
This means that the oil is effective in decreasing subcutaneous fat (cellulite). It also improves the aspect of the skin.
This effect can add more to the above mentioned effects, and improve the aspect of cellulite. With regular Aromatherapy massages, your skin will look firm and toned again. The aromatic oil of Pink Grapefruit can stimulate the functions of the epidermis. It can also protect it against external damaging factors.
Best Ways to Use Pink Grapefruit Oil against Cellulite
The first, fastest and most comfortable method is by diffusion and inhalation. You can read more on how you can do it safely and which way is more economical.
But the most effective method is by far via daily massages. The oil must be steam distilled to avoid photo-toxicity and it must be diluted in a proper carrier oil. One such carrier, recommended in treating cellulite and stretch marks is Avocado.
For body blends, you should make a more concentrated serum. That would imply the use of about 20 – 30 drops of Grapefruit essential oil per 30 ml (1 Oz) carrier oil.
Among the popular therapeutic methods of getting rid of cellulite we have the heat therapy. There is also the method of using vigorous massages that stimulate the lymphatic flow.
That would translate into using circular massage movements towards the heart with the applied lotion. The amount used should be moderate, because the skin will only take as much as it needs. Using more, you’ll simply waste your blend.
For the homemade heat therapy, one useful method would be to wrap your thighs and waist with plastic wrap. Do so right after applying the lotion and massaging it into the skin. That would maintain the heat inside and enhance the oil’s effects.
Pink Grapefruit essential oil works even better in combination with:
- Lemon EO,
- Cypress EO,
- Geranium EO,
- Fennel EO,
- Pomegranate EO,
- Samphire EO.
Quick and Simple Anti-Cellulite Blend
- Pink Grapefruit EO: 90 drops
- Avocado or Macadamia carrier: 50 ml (1.70 fl. Oz)
Shake this blend well before each use and keep it stored in a cool dark place. Apply on the affected areas once or twice a day, for 5 days a week. Try taking a week break from this blend after 4 – 5 weeks or try a different one.
More Complex (and still simple) Anti-Cellulite Blend
- Pink Grapefruit EO: 30 drops
- Juniper EO: 20 drops
- Rose Geranium EO: 10 drops
- Fennel EO: 10 drops
- Wheat germ oil: 5 tbsp.
- Grapeseed oil: 5 tbsp.
Apply a moderate amount of this blend on the affected areas and massage the skin with circular movements upwards, towards the heart. You should apply it once or twice a day, after shower. But you could also add 2 tsp. into some bath salts and add them to your bath water. Massage the blend into the affected areas as normal.
Did you know?
- The grapefruit made it into Florida in the 19th century, where it later became the state’s emblem. In Europe, the fruit was discovered in the 20th century.
The Bitter and the Safe Use of Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
Learn how to use this soon-to-be favorite anti-cellulite oil safely from the following paragraphs. This is the part where you’ll find out a few more things about the fruit itself and the oils it gives.
Have you ever wondered why grapefruit is so bitter? There is the obvious answer that the store-bought fruits are bitterer because they’re picked up earlier than normal.
But they also contain naringin – a substance with anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. It can also lower the cholesterol. It is the substance that can interact with tens of medicines and drugs, including caffeine.
The latter part is a lucky draw if you want. Preventing it from being eliminated from the body, the caffeine effect is stimulated by naringin. That can increase its fat burning effect. The substance can be found only in the juice of the fruit or the cold pressed or expressed oils!
The grapefruit is, in fact, a hybrid between the pomelo and sweet orange. In its turn, the grapefruit is a parent to many other hybrid citrus species like tangelos, minneolas, Fairchild and a few others.
The essential oil which is NOT photo-toxic is extracted by steam distillation from the dried grapefruit rinds. The other types contain bergapten, a substance that reacts badly with the sun’s UV rays.
1 kilo of Pink Grapefruit essential oil is extracted from approximately 250 kilos of dried rinds! You can therefore, see how concentrated this oil is.
The difference between the white and the pink grapefruit is that the latter is sweeter than the first. Even sweeter than the pink variety is the Ruby red type of grapefruit.
- Always test your oils for allergic reaction by massing a diluted drop onto your forearm. Monitor it for a few hours.
- Make sure you use the steam-distilled version to avoid the photo-toxicity.
- This oil can be used by pregnant women after the first trimester. The same goes for children over the age of 3.
- For nursing women the advice of a doctor is recommended since the molecules of the oil may get into the milk.
- Do not use the oil of Pink Grapefruit after 3 years since opening it. Keep it stored in a cool, dark place, preferably in the fridge.
So, Pink Grapefruit essential oil can indeed help the skin get rid of some of the cellulite. Some studies have had successful results, even though cellulite will never disappear for good. But that’s okay, right?
Nobody’s going to come with a magnifying glass close to your skin to check it out. And since the aspect matters more, and the oil can deliver, I’d say there’s nothing more to ask for.
What methods and natural ingredients have you used so far? Were they successful? Are you going to give the Grapefruit oil a chance now?