Cellulite is a problem that plagues many women. It doesn’t matter whether you are skinny or overweight, this condition affects 90% of women at some point of their lives. We can easily conclude by the sheer number of articles offering remedies on different women’s magazines, blogs and websites, that cellulite is a condition we are still battling. So what exactly is cellulite and what causes it?
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
Cellulite is also known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy in the medical field and as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon in colloquial language.
Cellulite is often classified using three grades:
Grade 1 cellulite sees no clinical symptoms, but a microscopic examination of cells from the area detects underlying anatomical changes.
Grade 2 cellulite requires the skin to show pallor (pastiness), be lower temperature, and have decreased elasticity, in addition to anatomical changes noted by microscopic examinations.
Grade 3 cellulite has visible roughness of the skin (like an orange peel) along with all grade 2 signs.
Although cellulite can affect both sexes, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue. Also, genetics plays a role, so if other women in your family have it chances are you will too. Although thin people are also affected, if you are overweight, losing some of that excess weight can help reduce cellulite.
Some of the factors that affect how much cellulite you have and how visible it’s going to be are:
– Poor diet
– Fad dieting
– Slow metabolism
– Lack of physical activity
– Hormone changes
– Total body fat
– Thickness and color of your skin
Hormones also seem to play a role in the appearance of cellulite: As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen—a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. Less estrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
So what is the best way to treat cellulite?
Remember, getting rid of cellulite is a difficult process, and some people can never really remove it completely, but the good news is that there are a lot of ways you can alleviate the condition. A lot of women have been looking for a solution and shared their findings and results.
Below is a list of natural cellulite remedies we compiled from personal experiences of women and recommendations from trusted sources. They should all help balance the connective tissue/fat in the body and address the many possible causes.
Either way, these things are beneficial for other reasons too so they are definitely worth a try!
Dry Skin Brushing
One of the simplest and most effective way to get rid of the cellulite on your thighs is definitely dry skin brushing. Dry brushing helps you improve blood circulations and lymphatic drainage, it removes the build-up of toxins from the upper skin layer, which as a consequence has the reduced appearance of cellulite. It is important to mention that it’s highly recommended that you use a body brush made with natural fibers.
- Before you begin, make sure both your skin and the brush are dry.
- Gently brush from your feet up to your shoulders, focusing more on areas with the most cellulite. Use firm circular strokes and brush the whole body.
- Always work toward the heart as this is where the lymph needs to flow.
- Do this dry brushing for about five minutes.
- Finally, shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
- Do this once daily before taking a shower for a few months or until you notice improvement in your skin texture.
It may take a few days for skin to become accustomed to skin brushing so be sure to start off with a bit more of a gentle touch. Don’t be too worried if skin is a slightly red or tender at first, just be gentler the next time and your skin will adapt gradually. Be patient and keep up, the results can be phenomenal.
It is a natural fat burning food with the ability to heat up the body, boost metabolism and improve the blood circulation. Not only does the consumption of cayenne pepper remove toxins from your body, it can also help remove bad skin cells and replace them with strong healthy ones.
- Add one or two teaspoons of cayenne pepper powder, one teaspoon of grated ginger and fresh-squeezed juice from one lemon to a glass of warm water and mix it well.
- You should drink this cellulite detox once or twice a day for one or two months.
Gelatin is mainly composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!
Gelatin offers various health benefits such as: supporting skin, hair and nail growth, tightening loose skin, improving digestion, it is a great source of dietary collagen and it helps you remove cellulite.
Its cellulite removal properties are contributed to a theory that the decline of gelatin containing food in our diets leads to increased cellulite as we don’t have the necessary building blocks to form a healthy connective tissue. Either way, it is another remedy that is good for other reasons and worth a try.
Coarse coffee grounds can be used as an excellent scrub for removal of dead skin cells and regenerating new, healthy cells. It is also stimulating for your skin, as it can improve blood flow when rubbed in topically. This method is incredibly simple and works really well in combination with dry skin brushing.
- Mix together one-fourth cup of coffee grounds, three tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of melted coconut oil to form a paste.
- Take a little bit of this paste and massage the affected skin with it for several minutes using firm pressure.
- Finally, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Apply this remedy two or three times a week until you get the desired results. You can store the excess in a glass jar for future use.
Olive & Juniper Oil
It is a great way to both relax and improve circulation. It has detoxifying properties and helps with the reduction of fluid retention (which leads to cellulite reduction). When it comes to how to getring rid of cellulite, adding a few oils to this routine can make a world of difference.
Here’s a great way to make the most of this technique:
- Mix 10 to 15 drops of juniper oil in one-fourth cup of olive oil.
- Massage into skin affected by cellulite, using circular motions and working toward the heart.
- Do this for 10 minutes, twice a day. After a month, you will notice your skin is softer and firmer.
Seaweed is an excellent natural exfoliating agent. As such it has properties that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. It fights cellulite by stimulating blood circulation, improving skin texture and by removing harmful toxins from the body.
- Mix together three tablespoons of ground seaweed (can be easily found at many health stores), one-fourth cup each of sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil, and a few drops of any kind of essential oil.
- Use this mixture to massage the cellulite affected area for about 10 minutes before taking a shower.
- After showering apply moisturizer.
- You can also try taking seaweeds baths, fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and add four sheets of seaweed. Get in the bathtub and relax for about 20 minutes. Repeat twice a week for optimal results.
Using detox baths may help remove toxins that can lead to skin problems (and maybe cellulite), but constantly adding toxins back to the skin in the form of chemical-laden beauty products probably doesn’t help much.
It is recommended to try using natural options for skin care and moisturizing. Simple coconut oil will work as an all-purpose moisturizer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
With the high presence of potassium, magnesium and calcium, apple cider vinegar can help you get rid of cellulite because these elements play an important role in removing toxins from your body. Apple cider vinegar also helps by preventing water retention around stomach and thighs, and this in turn reduces bloating and cellulite. In addition, its weight loss properties will lead to fewer cellulite pockets.
- Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water. If you like, add a bit of honey. Rub the solution on the affected areas. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow this treatment twice daily until you get the desired results.
- Alternatively, mix apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts, and rub it on the affected area. Then wrap the area with plastic wrap and put a warm towel over it for one hour. Finally, remove the wrap and rinse the area with lukewarm water. Do this once daily until you get rid of your cellulite completely.
- You can also mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey, and drink it two times a day on a regular basis.
Many sources agree that hormones play a large part in cellulite formation (one reason that women typically get it and men don’t) and that working toward proper hormone balance can help reduce cellulite. Even if it doesn’t get rid of cellulite, balancing hormones helps in so many other ways that it is worth working on!
To improve your hormone balance try avoiding High Omega-6 Polyunsaturated fats, toxins, limit your caffeine and make sure you are getting enough sleep.
With the ability to stimulate blood and lymph circulation, remove dead skin cells, absorb impurities and fats, and repair and strengthen connective tissues, Green Clay can be extremely effective for reducing the appearance of cellulite.
- Mix together one-half cup each of green clay and seaweed, one-quarter cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, three tablespoons of hot water, and one tablespoon of organic honey to form a thick and smooth paste.
- Rub the mixture onto the affected area using circular motions, and then cover it with plastic wrap.
- Leave it on for 30 minutes, and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Follow this treatment on a weekly basis until you get the desired result.
Salmon is very rich in antioxidants, which can help break down fat cells in cellulite. It is also very good for the skin because it’s filled with omega-3 fatty acids that make the skin and tissues smooth.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce appetite and low-level inflammation as well as repair and strengthen skin tissues. This leads to decreased build-up of harmful toxins in blood vessels and improved circulation.
It’s recommended to eat four or five salmon servings a week. To reap the maximum cellulite reduction benefits eat baked or roasted salmon dishes and try to avoid deep-fried versions.
Tangerine oil improves the blood circulation and break down the fat pockets and there by cellulite. This oil also helps to detoxifying the harmful toxins in the body.
- Add five drops of tangerine oil to one tablespoon of olive oil. Rub this mixture on the affected area and massage with it for 10 to 15 minutes. Avoid sun exposure for at least one hour after using this oil. Repeat twice daily for many weeks to reduce cellulite.
- Alternatively, you can consume this oil orally to reduce cellulite as well as boost your metabolism. Add two or three drops of tangerine essential oil to a glass of warm water. Drink it once daily until you notice improvement.
Green tea is one of the natural ingredient that speed up the metabolism and helps to burn the fat by stopping the production of fat-absorbing enzymes. Catechins in green tea can reduce the insulin resistance, and all these helps to reduce the cellulite appearance in your body.
Drinking 3 – 4 cups of green tea every day will increase the energy expenditure and burn the fat in that way preventing the cellulite.
Hydrate and flush
You need to drink enough pure, clean water and maintain high organic hydration from fresh fruits and vegetables to keep toxins flushing through you. Water is essential to life and it is also essential to reducing and preventing further cellulite. Cellulite pockets are full of toxins that accumulate in your body over the years. Drinking water is the best way to remove toxins from your body. It will also keep your body well hydrated, which in turn will give your skin a healthy glow and texture.
Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to make sure your system is getting all the water it needs. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning, before you have your morning coffee or tea.
Just think about the effects/look of dehydration: shrivelled, lumpy, aged. This doesn’t make a cellulite free body with smooth, supple skin.
Drink pure water every day as the first thing you consume. If you don’t like your water straight up, some lemon juice or lemon slices.
Avoid foods that lead to more cellulite
Foods that cause you to gain weight and retain water increase the amount of cellulite you have. Avoid the following foods to prevent more cellulite from appearing:
Fried foods like french fries, fried chicken, and onion rings.
Packaged snacks like corn chips, potato chips, cheese puffs, and pretzels.
Foods high in salt, like canned soup or dips and dressings, cause you to retain water.
Foods high in sugar, like candy, baked goods, and soda, cause you to gain weight.
Alcohol, especially when it’s paired with a sugary mixer like soda or cranberry juice, can cause you to gain weight and retain water.
Naked Beauty/Truth About Cellulite by Joey Atlas, an Exercise Physiologist and Women’s Body Enhancement Specialist.
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