We all have it, we all hate it. Some have it more visibly than others, but it’s there, lurking beneath the surface of the skin. Cellulite is a pain in the butt (sorry, that was awful, couldn’t resist). It usually shows up more due to poor diet, slow metabolisms, lack of physical activity and hydration, or simply because of genetics. No matter how many squats we do, sometimes it just sticks.
Let’s be honest, with swimsuit season looming down on us, no one wants to feel self conscious because of a little thing called cellulite. So use these tried and tested methods to banish those dimples and feel beautifully confident all year round.
Coffee is a real go-to ingredient in products that combat cellulite. According to experts, caffeine enhances fat metabolism. So when it’s applied to the skin, coffee absorbs and removes liquid and fat from your skin, which can decrease the appearance of cellulite. Head to Frank Scrubs for the most beautifully smelling, miracle working scrubs you’ll ever try and check out my review here.
Exercise can do wonders to help with the appearance of cellulite. When we tone and strengthen our muscles, we are helping the overall appearance of our body. And more specifically, we are toning the muscles beneath those difficult and lumpy areas. Try a combination of high intensity cardio and body weight training for the ultimate cellulite fix.
I’m a true believer in dry body brushing to combat cellulite, and all you need is a good stiff, natural fiber brush! This will help increase circulation, boost lymphatic drainage, plump the skin, and ultimately decrease the look of cellulite. It’s important to use long strokes towards the heart on your lower half and counterclockwise on your stomach. It’s best to do right before showering and follow with a nice massage using coconut oil (which has it’s own benefits a cellulite-buster). Just don’t expect immediate results, it won’t happen over night but with consistency you should see a decrease in the dimples after a month or so.
Applying honey to the skin will absorb internal toxins while also increasing circulation and leaving antioxidants to repair skin. Massaging honey on the skin will bring nutrients and oxygen to the affected area and take away toxins from the tissues and muscles. Massage in warm honey to the cellulite prone areas for 5-10 minute and rinse off. Follow up with a soothing essential oils massage, using a combination of jojoba, orange, rosemary, and juniper essential oils.
Essential oils penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers so they can often have a greater impact than lotions when applied. Grapefruit essential oil contains large amounts of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, which helps break down cellulite. Juniper essential oil is known for its detoxifying and purifying effect. Rosemary leaf oil stimulates circulation and vital metabolic processes.
A lot of fancy, words but basically they work wonders. Do remember that essential oils need to be diluted so make sure you combine them with a carrier oil, such as almond or olive oil.
A healthy diet is essential to not only how we feel, but it can help or hinder our cellulite-prone areas. Too much salt and you will retain fluid. Too much sugar and it will be stored in our fat cells, causing them to expand. So look for healthy recipes that limit salt and sugar, such as those from Deliciously Ella.
Seaweed wraps, in particular, are great at flushing toxins, whilst increasing blood flow and circulation. This is just what the cellulite-affected areas need, and seaweed really helps to improve skin texture with the aid of vital minerals and vitamins. Check out more benefits and how to use seaweed on Livestrong here.
We all know hydration is a key part of staying healthy, but it’s also a great way to fight cellulite. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day helps to plump the skin, making cellulite less visible. Can’t seem to get that daily water intake in? Eating fruits and veggies like melons and cucumbers with high water contents can also help plump your skin up. Try infusing your water to liven up your intake and check out the benefits of lemon water here.
The weakening of collagen can certainly be a major cause of cellulite. Gelatin is full of dietary collagen, and can help you build back lost collagen and reduce cellulite. And, as a bonus, taking gelatin can also benefit your hair and nails! Next time you make a smoothie, think about adding a little gelatin powder in to help fight those unwanted dimples.
Share, in the comments below, any tips you have to naturally bust cellulite.