Elizabeth Yetter is a full-time writer and professional bread baker. She loves to come up with possible solutions for common skin problems.
Cellulite plagues many women of all ages, about 90 percent of all women. When I was a teenager, a friend’s mother pointed out my cellulite to me when I was wearing a bathing suit and promptly told me to drink more water. I didn’t know what offended me more: her pointing out my teenage cellulite or her giving me dietary advice. Needless to say, I was 15 years old at the time, and her comment made me cellulite paranoid for many years until I found the tricks to minimize the crinkles on my cheeks.
While there are some that say that you cannot get rid of cellulite, I say the opposite is true. When I weighed more, I had cellulite. After losing the weight and exercising, the cellulite is pretty much gone. Of course, it is all about genetics and finding what works best for your body.
1. Stay Moisturized
Use plenty of moisturizer on your troubled areas. I prefer to use unrefined organic coconut oil on my skin. Other good, natural oils include unrefined shea butter and extra virgin olive oil. Moisturize your backside twice a day, such as once in the morning after a shower and once in the evening or before going to bed.
Not only should you exfoliate your face, but you should also exfoliate your bottom. You can do this once a day. My oldest daughter makes her own scrub out of ground coffee. Mix together two parts ground coffee, two parts coconut oil, and one part white or brown sugar. The caffeine in the coffee is believed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, the sugar is exfoliating, and the coconut oil keeps your bum moisturized.
3. Lose the Extra Body Fat
Yes, you do have to exercise to get rid of cellulite. It sucks at first, but after a week, when you start to see results, you will be ecstatic. There are many short exercise routines available online for free that target cellulite, and you should try them out. While I hate to publicly admit this, I am one of the consumers who bought the Brazil Butt Lift Workout. It is painful, but it works miracles.
It is time to get on the squat bandwagon. Set aside just a few minutes every day to do a few sets of squats. There are also some great squat schedules available online on sites like Pinterest. Do whatever it takes to get yourself and keep yourself motivated—doing squats are essential to a good looking bum.
5. Eat Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Make sure you are getting enough omega-3s in your diet or take supplemental fish oil. Omega-3s stimulate collagen production and can reduce the appearance of your cellulite. While I have upped my fish intake to one to two times a week, I still take my omega supplements (I am 42, and I will do whatever it takes to stay healthy at this point). My preferred brand is Nordic Naturals, and they are available on Amazon.
Eat More Fruit
6. Change Your Diet
Yeah, it sounds so simple, but it can be very difficult to do. To lose the cellulite, you need to alter your diet. Don’t plan on doing this all at once because you will set yourself up for failure. Make subtle changes over time to your diet. Increase your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, and raw nuts. Reduce processed sugar and work on eliminating fast foods and then processed foods from your diet. I found that after the junk food cravings diminished, my tastebuds began to change. Natural food became more flavorful, berries and fruit tasted super sweet (who needs candy when you can enjoy a healthy handful of red raspberries), and, honestly, when I tasted junk food after being away from the stuff for over a month, it tasted disgusting and made me sick to my stomach. Making changes to your diet will change your overall health.
7. Dry Brushing
I have never tried dry brushing because I exfoliate every day. However, many people feel that it helps improve blood circulation and reduce the sight of cellulite. To dry brush your bum, you will need a body brush. When your skin is dry, such as before a shower, use the brush to gently brush upwards, starting at your feet and working your way up to your shoulders. This should only take a few short minutes. Afterward, take a shower. You can do this once a day.
Exercises Targeting Cellulite
8. Vinegar Wrap
I use apple cider vinegar for numerous things, but I’ve never tried this wrap. People say that it really helps getting rid of cellulite. What you do it mix together equal portions of water and apple cider vinegar. Apply the solution to the areas affected by cellulite. Cover with plastic wrap and then a warm towel. Leave on for an hour. When done, remove the wrap and wash the vinegar solution off. You can do this up to once a day.
Son of a gun, my friend’s mother was right. Drinking water does help with cellulite. Most people don’t drink enough water, and that can damage your skin. Make a solid plan to increase your daily water intake. Begin by drinking water first thing in the morning. If you are like me and can’t stand plain old water, add a squeeze of lemon to your water. Lemon water is supposed to be healthy for you, anyhow.
10. Switch to Sea Salt
Here is one of the easiest tricks on this list: switch to using sea salt. Celtic sea salt and Himalayan crystal salt are packed with essential minerals that your body needs. Refined salt, however, can leach minerals out of your body and dehydrate you, increasing the appearance of cellulite. Sea salt is a touch more expensive than regular table salt, but it is one changeover you will not be able to taste, and it is so easy to do.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2015 Elizabeth Yetter
Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on November 06, 2015:
Thanks! I'll have to try these!
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 22, 2015: