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How to prevent cellulite the Ayurvedic way

Ayurvedic medicine has used herb-infused oils, along with exfoliation and massage, for 5,000-some years to pretty solid effect.


While beauty products lining the drugstore shelves might promise to give you the taut legs and high, undimpled tush of a barre instructor, we’re super skeptical. (Deep tissue massage and dry brushing are the only things we know of that can really work on cellulite.)

That said, Ayurvedic medicine has used herb-infused oils, along with exfoliation and massage, for 5,000-some years to pretty solid effect. And New York Ayurvedic physician and skin-care expert Pratima Raichur has formulated an at-home ritual that includes all these elements. (No trip to India or The Raj needed.)

“Exfoliation and ginger root, cypress, and mustard seed help detoxify, increase circulation, and stimulate lymphatic draining, resulting in a smoother, toned skin,” explains Dr. Raichur, which is why they’re part of her Summer Prep Set.

Pratima cellulite exfoliant and toning oil
The Pratima Summer Prep Set includes an organic scrub and Kali Rai toning oil ($45).

Here’s a step-by-step shower sequence that uses the product duo, which she swears will help tone and firm your legs and tush—in addition to all you’re doing at the gym, of course.

1. Exfoliation is key to achieving a toned and firm skin, says Dr. Raichur. For Vata and Pitta skin types (dry or sensitive skin), use a raw silk gharshana glove (or this $5 Sephora spinoff) for an effective but less abrasive form of exfoliation. For Kapha skin type (thicker, oily skin), use a natural bristle brush. Starting with your feet, massage in upward, circular motions toward the heart. Then rinse off.

2. Massage the Organic Herbal Body Cleanser/Exfoliator onto the skin. If you have time, allow it to sit for 8-10 minutes. Then rinse it off and hop out of the shower.

3. Massage the Kali Rai Toning Body Oil in long, upward strokes until it’s absorbed. Repeat the sequence a couple times a week.

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