Cellulite. That one word. Everyone has it.
What is cellulite? When the fat stored by your body starts to push upwards towards the skin, the skin appears dimpled and somewhat curdled. Some lucky people can see their cellulite only if the skin is push against it. Fact is a 9 out of 10 persons have cellulite (Guys too!). So your not alone and it’s definitely not something to be ashamed about. It’s your body’s natural process.
Cellulite makes a some of us think twice before donning our favorite bikini or even a nice short dress. I never really faced the problem when I was in my teens or early twenties because I was naturally pretty slender. But bad diet and virtually no exercise lead to formation of cellulite around the thighs and buttocks.
So while there are no methods to naturally remove 100% of the cellulite, there are methods to prevent and REDUCE their appearance.
- Good Diet: You ingest fat, you store it (unless your metabolism is very high). I’m no expert. But the simple rule : Input = Output + Accumulation. So if your output is not high, chances are that your accumulation will be. So try to eat right and healthy. I do not mean to reduce food intake or addition of supplements. Reduce junk food and stress eating. Try incorporating lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and healthy carbohydrates into your diet. One tip I try to live by is actually something supermodel Miranda Kerr states which is ‘80% healthy and 20% indulgent’. It’s a challenge, but try to maintain that ratio.
- Exercise: This is more important point, which I have not read in a lot of blogs. It has been the fastest method for me. When the blood starts to circulate in the body’s tissues and muscles it helps to prevent more fat from storing. So get out and get active. Walking, jogging, sports and even indoor activities like household chores, yoga or Pilates help burning the fat from the body. After the initial week of muscular pain, you will feel and look much better.
There are a few home remedies that you can try. They definitely help in cellulite appearance but require frequent and dedication over the course of a few months.
- Dry Brushing: Take 5 minutes out of your morning shower to dry brush your body with brush with Natural Bristles atleast 3-4 times a week. Dry brushing is the method of brushing your body in the absence of water or oil. Be gentle! Do not scrub away your skin. I use the Body Shop one but there a LOT of options in the market today. So pick one, brush your body in the regions where you are plaguesd with cellulite. If you have been tenacious about it, you will see results in 3-4 weeks.
- Coffee to the rescue: The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee are moderately effective to mitigate the appearance of cellulite in the short term. The caffeine also helps by dilating the blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens the tissue. Plus it increases blood circulation and reduces water retention, both of which may also help smooth the rumpled look of cellulite. The antioxidants in coffee may help to release toxins, which is not only helpful for cellulite, but for healthy skin in general. Before showering and post dry brushing, exfoliate your skin using a coffee scrub you can using items in your kitchen.
Coffee Scrub: There is no textbook method of making this scrub. The quantities of the ingredients vary according to a person’s skin and their reaction to the ingredients. Since you only need it in the places where cellulite exists you do not really need a lot.
Ingredients – 2 tablespoons or filter coffee, 2-3 tablespoons of coconut/olive oil.
Mix them up adding more oil if necessary to make a paste. If you have oily skin, try using baby oil. GENTLY scrub your skin. You aims is to stimulate blood flow and let the caffeine soak into your skin. You are not a cooking vessel due for a good scrub. While showering you will notice that your skin is much smoother and softer. Be persistent. The results will show up I promise you.
For those of you who want instant gratification, a doctor’s visit is what you need. Your plastic surgeon will be able to determine the best possible method for you to reduce the cellulite. But do remember, it is only a temporary solution as cellulite obstinate. It will return. So after you remove it surgically, maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet to ensure that it will not return with a vengeance.
In the end remember that you are BEAUTIFUL. There is nothing you need to change unless you want to. The decision and power is in your hand. Use it wisely.