Every woman hates to have cellulite. Are you looking for ways to get rid of cellulite from your body? But, what is cellulite in the first place? Cellulite is a medical condition in which the skin, mainly in the abdomen, pelvic region, and thighs, becomes dimpled. It is a problem that can affect anyone, including men, women, and children. However, women are affected the most. An estimated 85% of women suffer from this condition.
Cellulite is mainly the accumulation of fat cells, proteins, and toxins that have not been eliminated by the body. It can even affect people who have relatively no fat in their bodies. It gives a unique appearance to the skin, like that of the dimpled surface of an orange peel.
Causes Of Cellulite
The actual reasons behind cellulite are mainly two:
- Water retention
- Reduced blood flow to the fat cells
This happens majorly due to the structural composition of a woman’s skin. Men also have this issue, but the only thing is that it goes unnoticed.
Let me just take you through what exactly causes cellulite and how it is different from obesity. Poor diet, hormonal changes, age, and genetic predisposition – all of these trigger cellulite formation. There is a common denominator for all these factors – the accumulation of toxins in the body. A staggering 90% of post-adolescent women suffer from this orange peel skin or cottage cheese look. Other contributing factors include smoking, obesity, pregnancy, lack of exercise, not drinking enough water and stress. But, these are not absolutes.
While weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, the good news is that cellulite is in no way related to obesity. It is found in skinny and overweight women alike. The key to cellulite reduction is to flush out the accumulated toxins from the body and prevent its future accumulation. Any step towards an ideal lifestyle can help prevent and reduce cellulite.
A study conducted by Quincy, MA at South Shore YMCA suggests that a diet rich in whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, healthy fats, veggies, and fruits along with 120 minutes of exercise a week will help you improve the blood flow, reduce water retention, reduce fat, and build lean muscle. In short, it will help you get rid of the cellulite effectively.
One can get rid of the cellulite naturally by doing exercises, yoga, and following some home remedies. These tips will not just help to reduce and prevent cellulite, but will also pave the way for a healthy and fit life.
Cellulite does not vanish overnight. It takes at least two weeks to see a noticeable difference. Let us now take a look at the tips and techniques to get rid of cellulite.
1. Dry Brush Your Skin Regularly
The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it is the first place where the accumulated toxins raise their ugly heads in the form of cellulite and sags. So, to keep the toxin levels to a bare minimum, it is quite essential to brush your skin regularly. Dry brushing helps to break up the toxic material that cellulite is composed of. It also tightens the epidermis. This is one of the most popular and simplest ways to reduce cellulite. Just dry brush the skin with a long body brush that possesses natural bristles.
Start by brushing your feet in circular motions and, slowly, move up the body. The movements should be light, yet brisk; long, but crisp. Once you reach your abdomen, move the brush in a circular motion clockwise, while the arms move towards the heart. The correct way of doing a detox brush massage is to brush towards the heart so that your blood and lymphatic flows get a boost.
Just spend a maximum of five minutes a day doing this and you will start feeling the difference in about 10 days. Do not brush on damaged or inflamed skin.
2. Anti-Cellulite Massages Help
Massaging stimulates the lymphatic system, sending the toxins into the elimination channels for release. Massage your thighs and buttocks for ten minutes every day. You can choose a professional intervention by opting for vigorous, cellulite specific massages. It works on the connective and adipose tissues, providing long-lasting results. Massage also helps in easing your stress levels, while enhancing break down adhesion.
There are various types of anti-cellulite massages. All the slimming parlors have it under various names. The basic procedure involves enhancing the lymphatic drainage and stimulating the blood flow. A good anti-cellulite massage done with sesame oil, infused with essential herbs and salts, should always be accompanied by a steam session. This will help in the better removal of toxins and improve the flow of blood. Ayurvedic [Udvartanam] and deep tissue massages are usually recommended. A good masseur will be able to give you visible results in two to three sessions of an hour each.
3. Body Wraps
A body wrap can help to lose fat, firm up the skin, and eliminate cellulite faster than any other options available. Treat yourself to herbal body wraps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The herbal cellulite wraps use natural remedies such as seaweed, algae, aloe vera, and/or mud. The wrap creates a condition similar to having a fever, thereby eliminating toxins by perspiration. The skin is brushed and massaged evenly with the herbs. The body is then wrapped in linens from neck to toe. You will notice a smoother skin and a reduction in cellulite in just one session.
4. Scrub Them Up With Coffee
Packed with a good dose of antioxidants, coffee is simply lush and invigorating for our senses. It can do wonders for our skin too. When applied topically on the skin and rubbed gently, it stimulates the blood flow. And, the good news here is that you can prepare it at home and use the skin brush to scrub off your cellulite.
Caffeine is used as a common ingredient in many anti-cellulite creams. Coffee scrub exfoliates the skin and caffeine works as a tightening agent. To make this scrub, add moisturizing lotion to a little amount of coffee powder. Combine the ingredients to make a paste and massage it gently on the skin for several minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Alternatively, you can also mix the coffee grounds with hot water and scrub in circular motions on the legs and your lower abs for 10 minutes, twice a week. Shower as usual. Once done, apply a generous amount of coconut oil to prevent the skin from drying. In just four weeks, you will definitely notice a firmer skin.
Another method would be to take one-fourth cup of ground coffee, three tablespoons of brown sugar, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Combine all the ingredients to create a paste like consistency. Massage the scrub on the skin using firm pressure for several minutes and wash it off with cold water. The sugar granules will exfoliate and massage the skin while coffee will tighten it. Use this scrub three times a week to see positive results.
5. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Keeping your body hydrated will help the skin cells look fresh and renewed, plummeting the cellulite. Water also aids in preventing cellulite accumulation. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water [1.6 l to 2 l]. Opt for clean, purified water. Include organic fresh veggies and fruits to your diet for added hydration. Drink plenty of water before and after a workout to reduce the toxin buildup. Drink a glass of water before having your morning tea or coffee and carry a bottle of water with yourself wherever you go.
Hydration is crucial for maintaining the overall health. Drink enough water to acquire a smooth texture and healthy glow in your skin.