Cellulite seems to be a common problem many women are facing these days. There are many remedies and quick fixes shared in magazines, blogs, and websites, but it’s an issue many of us are still struggling with.
Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of skin on areas such as the legs, butt, stomach and back of the arms. It’s caused from uneven deposits of fat under the skin, often due to problems in the connective tissue and fat in a person’s body. It is not just those who are overweight who get cellulite either, thin women complain of it too. Lack of exercise, hormone changes, genetics, and diet all play a role in the occurrence of cellulite, but are not absolutes.
The Main Causes of Cellulite
There are several main factors that contribute to the occurrence of cellulite. These include:
- Unhealthy diet
- Fluid retention
- Low blood circulation
- Weak collagen structure of the skin
- Being overweight or having increased body fat
- Hormonal changes
- Living a sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity
How to Naturally Get Rid of Cellulite
Here are some natural remedies that I have either tried myself, or have found from trusted sources of mine, that can help in restoring the connective tissue/fat in the body and also address the many possible causes of cellulite.
1. Dry Brushing.
There isn’t much scientific evidence to support dry brushing’s effect on cellulite, however, there are anecdotal reports supporting this natural remedy. Either way, dry brushing has many wonderful benefits such as stimulating lymph and blood flow.
Instructions: Always brush towards the heart, never away. Make long, sweeping motions along the skin, avoid back and forth scrubbing motions. Begin at your feet, moving up your legs, then work from the arms towards the chest. On your stomach, use clockwise circular motions. When dry brushing your skin do not brush too hard, if your skin becomes irritated or red, reduce pressure.
How often: Dry brushing is something you can do daily as part of your morning routine. Twice a day is even better! Your skin needs to be dry, so it is best to do it before having a shower. Just a side note: avoid getting the brush wet.
Selecting a Brush: I use this one, as it’s eco-friendly, natural, vegan-friendly and non-toxic. When choosing a brush, what you want to keep in mind is the bristles should be natural, not synthetic (as this may irritate the skin), and preferably plant-derived. The bristles themselves should be rather stiff, but not too hard. And also look for one that has an attachable handle to help you get to those hard-to-reach places (like your back, for instance).
Benefits: Dry brushing not only helps remove dry skin, it also promotes cell regeneration, tighter skin, and blood flow. It also aids the lymphatic system in releasing toxins stored in the body, and encourages healthy kidney function and digestion. Your skin also becomes much softer and smoother afterwards (which is an added bonus!).
2. Consume more Omega-3s!
It is thought that consuming unhealthy fats, like margarines and vegetable oils high in omega-6s, can result in an imbalance of healthy fatty acids needed by the body to maintain smooth connective tissue. There is some evidence showing that consuming enough fat soluble vitamins and omega-3s can help in reducing cellulite over time.
3. Rebalance Hormones
It appears that many sources agree that hormones are a huge factor in the formation of cellulite (which is one of the reasons it occurs more often in women than in men). By ensuring you achieve proper hormone balance, this can help in reducing cellulite.
4. Detox Baths
It is believed that a build-up of toxins in fatty tissue and skin can lead to cellulite. These baths are great for detoxing the body and are also super relaxing!
5. Exercise Regularly
Increasing blood flow to areas such as the hips,thighs,buttocks, and stomach (where cellulite usually appears) through exercising is a great way to help remove cellulite. The most effective workouts for keeping cellulite at bay include high-intensity interval training (HIIT), resistance/weight training, and isometric training (such as Pilates).
I love working out at my F45 gym that I go to as it involves doing short bursts of high-intensity training which helps to boost metabolism and burn fat (plus you feel amazing afterwards with all the endorphins flowing through your body!).
6. Coffee Scrub
Coffee scrubs can be very helpful in removing cellulite. The caffeine found in the coffee has a tightening and stimulating effect on the skin and is often used in anti-aging products. Plus, the exfoliating effect of the scrub helps to stimulate blood and lymph flow (similar to that of dry brushing) which is helpful in removing toxins and excess fluid from the body.
- Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl to create a consistency similar to that of a paste. Note: if you are using unrefined coconut oil, the mixture will harden when it cools.
- Store in a glass jar at room temperature.
- When you want to use it; massage the scrub into the skin for a few minutes using firm pressure (not too hard though), and then wash it off using luke warm water.
- Use it 2-3 times a week. You should start to see results show through within a couple of weeks.
7. Consume More Gelatin
Gelatin is mostly made up of proline and glycine, important amino acids that many people fail to consume enough of these days. They’re found in fibrous tissues, bones, and organs of animals (which are parts of the animal we often don’t eat anymore).
It is theorised that the increase in cellulite we see today is partly due to a decrease in the consumption of gelatin-rich foods as the body isn’t receiving enough of the building blocks it needs for healthy connective tissue development.
Gelatin provides a number of other health benefits too; some of which include:
- Helping to tighten loose skin
- Speculated to improve cellulite
- Beneficial for joints and helps improve joint recovery
- Supports growth of hair, skin, and nails
- May help improve digestion as it binds to water and assists food to move more easily through the GI tract.
- Source of dietary collagen (just a side note, collagen is best consumed internally rather than applied on the skin in forms such as skin creams as it is actually too big to be absorbed by the skin. You’re better off applying coconut oil as a lotion on the skin)
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
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What has worked for you in the past for getting rid of cellulite? Share below in the comments!
Wells, Katie. (December 8, 2018). 9 Natural Remedies for Cellulite. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/8608/natural-cellulite-remedies/
Axe, Josh, Dr., DC, DMN, CNS. (March 15, 2017). How to Get Rid of Cellulite — 5 Natural Treatments. Dr. Axe. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/how-to-get-rid-of-cellulite/