Even if you have what others might consider to be a perfect body, we all have flaws. And one of the most common flaws that women everywhere struggle with cellulite treatment. So what exactly is cellulite? According to the Mayo Clinic, “cellulite is a term for lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen.” What causes these visible lumps? The culprits are “fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between.
As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.” Virtually anyone—even someone who is underweight and extremely fit—can have cellulite, and if you do have this medical condition, you know how frustrating it can be. But rest assured, you’re not alone.
Cellulite is not just for certain people
According to ABC news, this “cosmetic condition affects nearly 90% of women at some point during their lives, even women who are otherwise slender and fit.” As to what puts you at risk for developing cellulite, genetics play a big role. If your mother had cellulite you’re far more likely to also develop it in your lifetime. Women are more at risk than men (typical) and while healthy, fit, thin people can develop cellulite, it’s more common in people who are considered overweight or obese.
So how to think about cellulite treatment. There’s a lot of false information out there, and a lot of misconceptions about what works and what doesn’t as far as treatments. The sad truth is that several procedures and products claim to get rid of those unsightly lumps, but they rarely deliver the results you hope for. The good news is that for every myth about cellulite and treatment, there is a natural remedy that can actually improve your condition and make you feel better about yourself. What do you have to lose? Check out these easy home cures, give them a try and see for yourself.
Change up Your Workout
Working out can help your body in more ways than one. While fit people do still get cellulite, the way you workout could improve the appearance of the lumps under your skin if you focus on targeting the areas affected by cellulite. Prevention advisor Wayne Westcott, PhD. explains, “the trick is working all your lower body muscles from every angle, reducing the underlying fat stores and replacing lost muscle tissue to give the area a taut, toned appearance throughout.”
A few key moves to try include side-to-side squats to work your quads and hamstrings, all-fours kick backs to work your glutes and an inner-leg lift to work your inner thighs. Try to target all the major muscle groups, especially in your lower body, to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Seems like common sense, but eating a healthy, clean diet can improve your overall health and your weight. That said, thin people can get cellulite (remember, it can be genetic and unrelated to your body’s state), so it’s not always about the calories and your weight. By eating fresh produce—think fruits and veggies—which are alkaline forming foods, your body will slowly flush out the toxins that are building up in fat cells. For the best results you should ease into a fruit and vegetable rich diet by gradually increasing your fresh produce consumption.
To keep the toxins flushing through your body (and out of your cells, tissues and organs) you need to not only eat clean, but also drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Hydrating will also make your skin look fuller, younger, healthier and more supple…and healthy, glowing skin looks way better than dry, dehydrated, lumpy skin any day.
Get a Massage
Yes, seriously. The theory is that “vigorous massage helps to increase blood circulation, removing toxins and reducing excessive amounts of fluid in areas that contain cellulite.” While the results might only be temporary, we’re OK with having an excuse to enjoy regular massages, especially if it means a reduction in the appearance of fat cells.
Try a Coffee Scrub
As far as topical treatments you can try at home, applying a coffee scrub using coffee grounds with hot water has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite over time. Because coffee can increase blood circulation throughout the body, the scrub makes your skin feel more firm and less lumpy.
Use a Dry Brush
Similarly, exfoliating and massaging your skin using a dry brush has the ability to rid your skin of cellulite after repeated use. According to Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, “the procedure helps remove stagnant toxins that break down connective tissue, leading to cellulite.”
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