Cellulite is very common, affecting 80-90% of women around the world, but ask any woman who has it if they could get rid of it and the answer would be a resounding yes! Cellulite is the result of subcutaneous fat beneath the skin-protruding into the dermis, the layer of skin just below the epidermis (the outermost layer). Within the dermis is a network of connective tissue that looks like honeycomb. As fat cells increase in size, the connective tissue within this layer becomes weakened and fat bulges through, giving the skin a dimpled appearance.
Your amount of body fat, distribution of fat (which is influenced by genetics), skin thickness, and the strength of your connective fibers all factor into if you get cellulite. And thank hormones for sparing guys but giving most women this condition.
What Causes Cellulite;
It’s important to keep in mind that having cellulite doesn’t necessarily mean you are overweight because thin people get it as well. However, if you are overweight then losing weight can reduce cellulite.
So what causes it? It can be a number of different things. These include:
- Poor diet
- Slow metabolism
- Lack of physical activity (couch potatoes)
- Hormone changes (for women this is usually decreased estrogen levels)
- Thickness and color of skin
If you want to get scientific about it, then the main cause of cellulite is believed to be a lack of blood flow to the affected region. This means that when circulation decreases, collagen levels decrease as well allowing the fat cells to enlarge.
So when we say that cellulite is fat that pushes against the connective tissue another way to think about it is when the fat cells grow they push their way to the top of the skin as it becomes less elastic. Weak skin combined with large fat cells is a recipe for cellulite. We will now look at the home remedies that may help reduce your body cellulite.
How to get rid of Cellulite
Massages help relax both the body and mind. Massaging the areas in your body with cellulite can cause significant smoothing of the skin. It may also cause a reduction in cellulite as it facilitates lymphatic drainage.
The type of massage cream used to massage the problem areas makes the process more effective. It is important to repeat this procedure several times to help firm up the skin and reduce cellulite.
2. Dry brushing:
Daily dry brushing feels great and helps stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body. Dry brushing opens up your pores and should be done twice daily on dry skin with the brush being hundred percent dry. When dry brushing, make sure to only brush towards the heart with long sweeps. Be sure to avoid brushing back and forth or brushing the skin in circular motions. Begin dry brushing at your feet then move up the legs on both sides, follow the arms going towards the chest, and brush counter clockwise on your stomach. Yes, it sounds like a full-body workout but anecdotal evidence shows that it’s an extremely effective natural cellulite treatment, and an inexpensive one at that.
3. Stay hydrated:
To keep cellulite at bay, you need to be drinking water. The cellulite under your skin stores toxins – which can accumulate if you have an unhealthy lifestyle. Water keeps the skin hydrated and flushes out toxins, and is key if you want to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful, too! If you find plain water boring, flavour it naturally with slices of citrus fruit or berries.
4. Self tan:
The appearance of cellulite can be significantly reduced by the use of self-tanners. These are cost-effective and are known to make cellulite less visible (especially in darker skin tones).
To obtain the best results, first, use an exfoliant on the problem areas. Then, apply the self-tanning product.
5. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to get rid of cellulite. The vinegar contains potassium, magnesium, minerals, and calcium. These properties decrease cellulite, eliminates toxins, and controls excess water around the thighs and stomach. Just mix it with some water (two parts water to one part Apple Cider Vinegar) and add a drop of honey, scrub it in, and you have yourself a natural cellulite treatment.
6. Hormone control:
The appearance of cellulite and hormone production goes hand-in-hand. So it is critical to have a well-balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle stabilize your hormone levels. Make sure to avoid eating too much fat, carbohydrates, and salt as well as too little fiber which often results in an increase in cellulite. Add colors to your meal by introducing several varieties of vegetables, fresh fruit, lean meat, and fish.
Make sure to get enough sleep and stay hydrated.
While a little trickier to do, try to reduce your levels of anxiety as well and you will slowly, but successfully, get rid of cellulite.
7. Moisturize daily:
Moisturizing on a daily basis will help eliminate cellulite from your body and leave your skin smoother. Always choose a natural moisturizer, shea Body Butter , or just use Coconut Oil. With either option just remember to rub it all over your body immediately after showering. Massaging these in after you’re done showering will firm the skin, removing cellulite if done on a daily basis.
8. Consume more Omega-3:
If you really want to up your natural cellulite treatment game, you have to up your Omega-3 intake. By consuming the wrong kinds of fats, you create an imbalance of the fatty acids that the body needs for smooth skin and tissue. What you need is the fatty acids in Omega-3. Omega-3’s fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins help build a strong immune system. This makes your body’s tissues and skin smoother which overtime reduces cellulite.