Almost right after puberty, one word describes relatively every woman’s nightmare, cellulite. Regardless of your body shape, weight and height, cellulite appears out of the blue, or so you think, and refuses to leave. The “orange peel”, “cottage cheese” look on your buttocks, thighs, tummy or arms is not something you can live easily with, especially in today’s “perfect body” world.
Even though it is not a condition that possesses any health hazards, the sight of it can be irritating, making most women lose their confidence. A survey commended by a health-related magazine revealed that cellulite was the number one beauty “sorrow” amongst women.
So, every year, sometime around spring, women frantically start looking for ways to make cellulite disappear. The million dollar question in every woman’s mind, however, every year, is one: is it possible to actually get rid of cellulite? To answer that we need to know what cellulite is and what are our available options.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is not a medical condition. It is normal fat deposited underneath the skin and squeezed between collagen fibers and/or bands of connective tissue that attach the muscles to the skin. This squeezing is what gives the skin the orange peel look making it bumpy and dimpled.
Cellulite does not discriminate between thin or curvaceous, tall or short; 9 in 10 women have cellulite. The only “discrimination” it does is between men and women. Although a very small number of men get it, approximately 90% of cellulite cases involve women.
This happens because of the different structure of their connective tissue. In men, connective tissue and collagen is angled making it harder for fat cells to squeeze through, whereas in women it is vertical. Also, men’s outer skin tends to be much thicker so any underlying fat is far less noticeable.
Since all people have layers of fat underneath their skin, cellulite is found in very slender women also, which evidently shows that having cellulite doesn’t automatically mean you are overweight. Still, if you have extra weight, losing it can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
What causes the appearance of cellulite?
The exact causes of cellulite have not been fully understood. Yet, they are many theories that try to reason its appearance:
- genetics: if someone in your family has it, then it is likely that you will have too. Blame your genes and not them
- hormone changes: cellulite usually appears right after puberty where all kind of hormonal changes take place
- poor diet: people with a diet full of fats, carbohydrates and salt tend to have more cellulite
- buildup of toxins
- lack of physical activity
- smoking: another reason to consider quitting
- slow metabolism
- very tight clothing
Can we get rid of it?
Despite the fact that many anti-cellulite creams and cosmetic treatments/surgeries exist that claim to make cellulite disappear, the truth is that none provide a permanent result.
A new treatment, that only recently got approved by the FDA in US, promises a permanent result with the use of a laser but that remains to be seen. Even worse, all these “cures” cost a lot of money and they never deliver the promised outcome.
Research has shown that cellulite cannot be cured. It has also shown, however, that it is associated with loss of skin elasticity and decreased blood flow. So, scientists state that if you tackle these two factors cellulite CAN become less visible. You really can reduce cellulite and help your body become firmer and the most effective, cheap and risk-free way to do it is naturally.
A. Through healthy eating
Eating a balanced diet will help you cut down on fat and ultimately smooth the horrible cottage cheese skin look. It will also help you maintain a healthy weight. Reducing cellulite requires healthy eating and not extreme dieting.
The way to do it is simple:
- eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- eat foods rich in fibre
- drink plenty of water
- drink fruit juices with no added sugar
- reduce your overall consumption of processed foods, sugars and processed carbohydrates like flour
A fruit (and its juice) that really reduce cellulite is grapefruit. Introduce it into your daily eating habits and if you think it is too bitter to eat or drink, add it on your daily salads. You will love it!
B. Through exercise
Even though many surgical procedures are available to combat cellulite, as well as spa treatments and creams, scientists believe that the best way to minimize cellulite is through exercise.
This step requires a bit more effort on your part, whereas a cream for instance only takes a couple of minutes to apply. Still, introducing exercise into your everyday life will not only help you reduce cellulite but your overall health will also benefit.
And before you start thinking that you need a new gym membership for this, think again. Any type of physical activity that will make you sweat and get your blood flowing faster will greatly assist in diminishing the appearance of cellulite.
You can start by walking more instead of using your car, using the stairs instead of the elevator, go swimming, running, anything you prefer as long as you start moving. Your body will gradually get firmer, stronger and even if cellulite is there its overall appearance will be more flattering.
C. Through natural remedies
Since cellulite is so persistent it is only natural if some of you think that there can be no home remedies that can reduce it. That kind of negative thinking, ladies, is wrong because there are home remedies available that actually work. An essential ingredient for many of these home remedies is coconut oil which significantly helps in the reduction of cellulite.
ground coffee scrub & coconut oil after-moisture
It is one of the most common homemade remedies since it is very easy to make. Just save the ground coffee from your coffee pot and use it, daily, to massage all affected areas of your body for a few minutes. Rinse and continue with showering as you would normally do. Apply coconut oil when finished. After a couples of weeks the results will amaze you!
lemon juice & cayenne pepper detox shots
Detoxification is important for the reduction of cellulite. It is a process that is better accomplished from within. Lemon juice is known for its detox properties; add a few shakes of cayenne pepper to freshly squeezed juice and drink it three times a day. Results will be visible gradually.
dry skin brushing & coconut oil
This is the most effective home remedy to treat cellulite. Dry brushing rejuvenates the skin and stimulates the lymphatic system (it’s located right underneath your skin) which helps in the faster excretion of toxins. To do it properly, rub coconut oil in the affected areas and then use a natural bristle skin brush to massage the areas in circular movements, daily, for 5-10 minutes.
After showering, moisturise massaged areas preferably with coconut oil again. Still, not all women can tolerate dry brushing since it leaves the skin sensitive and chaffed. If you have sensitive skin it is better to avoid this type of massage.
It the most common way to improve circulation without the need of any fancy equipment. Use the essential oil or body cream you prefer and take a few extra minutes daily to massage affected areas. It will help get rid of excess fluid and break down the fat blocks that cause dimpled skin.