How To Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite for Less Than $15 Dollars

The Struggle with Cellulite
The Struggle with Cellulite | Source

Having cellulite anywhere on your body does nothing to boost your self-esteem, especially if you happen to see the latest model on the cover of a magazine. We women often think to ourselves, "yeah, she can afford a personal trainer and has all the time in the world to workout 3 hours a day to look like that."

I've discovered there are ways that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite on our body and for less money than you would expect. You can feel better about your body even if you're not a model and don't have time to workout 3 hours a day.

I've listed the ways you can reduce the appearance of cellulite according to how fast you need to see results. Whether it's a party you you'll be attending or an unexpected date with an amazing guy, you can feel more confident in your looks by following any or all of my suggestions. The best part is, you don't need much money!

How have you tried to get rid of cellulite?

  • Exercise only
  • Diet only
  • Exerceise and diet
  • Pills/ supplements/creams
  • Skin brushing
  • All of the above
  • None of the above: I gave up
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Say good-bye to the look of lumpy, bumpy skin
Say good-bye to the look of lumpy, bumpy skin | Source

What is Cellulite?

According to the website Medical News Today, "Cellulite is a term used to describe the dimpled appearance of skin caused by fat deposits that are just below the surface of the skin." This dimply appearance of the skin is identified with resembling an orange peel.

What separates cellulite from just plain ol' fat is its fatty parts because they are structured into specific chambers by strands of linked tissue around it.

What Causes Cellulite?

Seems the jury is still out as to the exact cause of cellulite. There are several factors that can contribute to the development of cellulite:

  • Hormones- certain hormones such as estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin play a role in the development of cellulite.
  • Genetics- Depending on what genes you have been blessed with, you may be predisposed to the development of cellulite depending on factors such as your metabolism, circulation, and even your race.
  • Diet- As can be expected, people who consume too much fat, carbohydrates, salt and not enough fiber in their diet are more likely to develop cellulite and more of it than others.
  • Lifestyle- Cellulite shows up more frequently in the bodies of smokers, people who do not exercise regularly and people who stand or sit in one position for long periods of time.

Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite: Instantly

There are 2 ways you can instantly reduce the appearance of cellulite. They are:

The Hairspray Method:

I learned about this from my experience in beauty pageants (when I had to wear a bikini). All you need is a bottle of stiff aerosol hairspray. With bare legs simply bend over as far as you can and keep your knees straight. Take the hairspray and generously spray the back of your thighs.

You don't want the hairspray dripping down your legs, but you do want to spray enough to coat the back of your thighs. Stay bent over for a few minutes until the hairspray dries. You're all set.


That's right, a good pair of ultra sheer pantyhose will hide quite a lot of cellulite.

This option may not be a great idea in the hot summer months when everyone else has bare legs, and you definitely can't wear pantyhose with a bikini, but if you have a dress or outfit that shows more leg than you're comfortable with, pantyhose works wonders.

The price difference between poor quality pantyhose and good quality is minimal. Always go with the sheerest pantyhose you can find so that its not obvious that you're wearing pantyhose. You can easily buy a good pair for less than $15. Spend the few extra dollars and get yourself a decent pair that is close to your skin color. Check the little sample booklets on the pantyhose stand to see how they look on your skin before buying.

get the look of smooth cellulite free legs
get the look of smooth cellulite free legs | Source

Sunless Tanning Lotions

L'Oreal Paris Sublime Glow Daily Body Moisturizer + Natural Skin Tone Enhancer, Medium, 8.0 Ounce
L'Oreal Paris Sublime Glow Daily Body Moisturizer + Natural Skin Tone Enhancer, Medium, 8.0 Ounce

Smells great, makes your skin smooth and soft and gives you just the right amount of tan.


Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite: In 24 Hours

So, you've got 24 hours or less until the big party, or the big date and you want to look amazing. Unfortunately you haven't been able to shed those pesky 10 lbs and there's no time left, where is Jack Bauer when you need him?

If you want to reduce the appearance of cellulite and you have less than 24 hours I recommend using a sunless tanning lotion. With a tan your skin will hide many imperfections, including cellulite.

The best lotion is the L'Oreal Sublime Glow. It doesn't streak and it has a pleasant fragrance. If you're worried about streaking use a sunless tanning lotion with bronzer.

Shave your legs and exfoliate in the shower before using any tanning creams.

Important! Be sure to use gloves when applying sunless tanning creams, or remember to wash your hands every 5 minutes to avoid orange palms!!

UPDATE: While I still recommend the L'Oreal Sublime Glow there has been some really wonderful additions to the self-tanning creams. 2 I would like to add are the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Lotion and The Paula's Choice Sun 265 Tanning Foam available on her website.

Make Your Legs Look Great Instantly!

Save your coffee grinds
Save your coffee grinds | Source

Natural Sunless Tanning Solutions

There are some natural sunless tanning solutions, although I must admit I haven't tried any of them so I don't know how effective they are. They are ideal for people who don't want to put unnecessary chemicals on their skin that sometimes come in the sunless tanning creams the stores sell.

The three most popular natural self tanning solutions are black tea, cocoa powder and coffee.

A word of advice: test these solutions on your skin in an inconspicuous area first before using them anywhere else on your body to see if you have a reaction and to see how dark the results on your skin will be.

Black Tea

There are 2 methods out there on the web for using black tea. The first method is to boil 3/4 cup of filtered water and steep 3 bags of black tea for 10 minutes. Allow time to cool and then pour in a spray bottle. Spray the tea on your body and allow to air dry. Repeat until desired darkness is reached.

The other method is to steep 3 bags of black tea in 3/4 cup of water like above, but then add 1/4 cup lanolin and 1/4 sesame oil and blend well before applying.

Cocoa Powder

Mix 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1 cup of white skin cream. Apply evenly to skin.


Brewed coffee can be sponged directly on to the skin and left on for 20-30 minutes. You can also apply used coffee grinds (fine ground works best) on your skin and leave them on for 30 minutes before rinsing.

Carrots and Turmeric Powder

This was a mixture I used on my face to give it a glow and it helped with my acne. I'm sure that it could be used elsewhere on the body. I used grated carrots, some water and turmeric powder. You would probably need 2-3 medium to large sized carrots and grate them on the finest setting. Put the grated carrot in a bowl and add approximately one teaspoon of water and 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder.

Rub the mixture evenly all over your skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

How to make a sunless tanning lotion with cocoa

Green Tea is an excellent diuretic
Green Tea is an excellent diuretic | Source

Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite: In 48 Hours

If you have 48 hours before the big day, whether it's your wedding, a date or party you can reduce the appearance of cellulite on your body by making a few diet modifications to help you lose any water you might be retaining. When your body retains water you look puffy and bloated, this can excentuate the appearance of cellulite on your body.

The first thing you will need to do is drastically cut your intake of salt and sugar and increase your intake of foods rich in potassium.

Warning! If you are on any kind of medication, be sure to contact your doctor or pharmacist before modifying your diet. Many medications cannot be mixed with foods high in potassium!

Foods to avoid:

Soda pop
Potato chips or other snacks high in salt
Processed meats such wieners, ham, deli meats, etc.,
Canned vegetables, tomato juice
Excessive amounts of carbohydrates such as breads and pastas
Foods high in sugar (that includes high fructose corn syrup, etc.,) such as candy, chocolate bars, etc.,

UPDATE: It has come to my attention that eating cheese and also green peas have been linked to women with cellulite. See video below for more information about the role diet has on cellulite. (The website is independent and does not take money from any corporations and does not allows advertisement on their website.)

Foods rich in potassium to add:

Tea (green tea is great)

You are not restricted to only eat the foods listed that are rich in potassium, but substitute them for snacks or foods you would normally eat that are high in salt such as canned vegetables or chips for example.

Can Cellulite Be Treated with Diet?

This is my skin brush
This is my skin brush | Source

Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite: In 30 Days

If you have 30 days or longer and you want to reduce the appearance of cellulite, there are 3 things you can do to achieve your goal.

Skin Brushing

One of the most effective and inexpensive solutions for reducing the look of cellulite, and eliminating it, is skin brushing.

There is a long list of benefits and they include:

• Dry skin brushing aids in the removal of dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cell renewal.
• Dry skin brushing increases circulation, helping your body to eliminate toxins through lymphatic drainage of the entire body.
• Dry skin brushing also helps to tighten the skin because it increases the flow of blood. Increasing the circulation to the skin can also help lessen the appearance of cellulite.• Dry skin brushing helps with muscle tone and more even distribution of fat deposits.
• Dry skin brushing also rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.
• Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by unclogging pores.

Skin brush your body for 5 minutes every day, paying particular attention to your thigh area. Brush upwards toward the center of your body (where your heart is) in long sweeping strokes. Be sure to brush before showering and always brush skin that is nice and dry.

A skin brush should have natural bristles, not synthetic.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite with Skin Brushing

Switch to an Alkaline based diet

There seems to be significant evidence that if your diet is rich in foods that cause your body to become acidic (foods like red meat, dairy, eggs, etc.,) you will most likely develop cellulite, among other not-so-pleasant dietary side effects.

Alkaline rich foods on the other hand, help your body to eliminate waste better, flush toxins out of your body and is naturally the ph balance your body strives to have regularly. Many health benefits come from an alkaline food based diet.

Here are the foods you might want to eliminate from your diet or eat less of:

  • red meat or animal protein/fat- includes certain fish
  • corn
  • dairy products of any kind
  • certain bread or grain products
  • nuts and nut butters
  • oils and fats- both animal and vegetable
  • alcohol
  • over the counter medication such as aspirin
  • sweeteners such as sugar, honey, molasses, etc.

For the full list of what is acidic and what is alkaline, check out the alkaline foods chart.

Stretches for the backs of your legs

Stretching is important in reducing the appearance of cellulite because the connective tissues must stretch and become elongated thereby helping to separate fat cells to allow for proper lymphatic drainage.

There are 3 different hamstring stretches that can really help reduce the appearance of cellulite:

  1. The first hamstring stretch is where you sit on the floor with both your legs either flat on the floor directly in front of you or one leg at a time and slowly bend forward from the waist towards your toes. Once you have reached forward as far as you can without causing pain in the back of your legs, gently hold the stretch for at least 40 seconds or longer.

  2. The second is the same stretch but having one leg up on a high surface such as the kitchen counter or the back of a sofa as if it were a ballet barre. Keep the leg that you are standing on slightly bent and bend forward from the waist. Hold the stretch for 40 seconds or more.

  3. The last is where you are lying flat on the floor on your back, legs straight out in front of you. Gently bring your right leg up towards your chest and place both hands around the side of your knee and bring your leg in towards your chest. Hold for 40 seconds or longer. Repeat with your left leg.

Reducing the Appearance of Cellulite with Creams, Masks and Exfoliants

The use of creams, masks and exfoliants on your skin, particularly on the thigh area improve your skins elasticity, tone and texture.  No cellulite cream out there can actually eliminate cellulite from your legs.  By improving the condition of your skin, you can reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The first step would be to exfoliate once a week with a gentle product.  You can accomplish this in the shower.  Exfoliating help to bring the blood to the surface of your skin, encouraging cell renewal.

The second step would be to apply a firming mask once a week.  This will help your skin regain its firmness and elasticity.

The last step would be to moisturize your skin every day with a good firming lotion such as the ones I have listed.  When applying any cream to your body always use upward strokes towards the center of your body.

Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite Permanentely

By making an effort to change your eating habits and increasing the amount of time you exercise, not only can you reduce the appearance of cellulite on your body, but you can also help to eliminate it as well.

Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, consuming less caffeine, sugar, sodium and saturated fats will have a positive effect on your body.

Cellulite is still fat after all, so the less you have on your body, the less likely you will have cellulite. Remember, factors such as genetics play a role in whether we are prone to having cellulite, something that is beyond our control. What we do have control over is what we put in our bodies and what we do to improve our well being.

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Excellent writeup. Very comprehensive. Rated up and awesome !

nivea cellulite cream 5 years ago

It is always good to find a way to solve problems around your bugget very creative

cindy 5 years ago

Very informative! Thanks for the useful info.

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renegadetory 5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Author

You're welcome cindy, I like to let women know there are many ways to help reduce the appearance of ccellulite.

Cindy 5 years ago

Right! And it is a good bargain.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I had no idea there were so many ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Great information here. Thanks.

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nomorecellulite 4 years ago from Carmel, Indiana

I'll admit: I laughed at the hair spray idea. The mental picture is hysterical.

I'm also eager to try the black tea sunless tanner. Then I can hide my cellulite AND have a beach-ready tan.

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bydojo 3 years ago from Romania

I have some cellulite on the back of my legs (butt area), but it's not too disturbing. I am not that worried with it to spray or tan the area (though the tips for a quick fix are indeed great and useful), but I have started working out more and will try have less salt/sugar in my diet (I kinda like both :D). We're already making efforts to eat healthier (my man is hypertensive and we reduced his blood pressure a lot just by having a healthier nutrition), so I'm on the right track. Have discontinued the pill (we're trying to have a baby) so I presume any hormonal imbalance is getting fixed now.

Really great advice though, thanks for taking the time to present such an in-depth advice.

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renegadetory 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Author

Good for you bydojo for making an effort to improve your health from the inside out! I think that is the best an longest lasting affect you can have on getting rid of cellulite!

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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

I had no idea there was so much to say about cellulite! Excellent comprehensive hub. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared with my followers

mdmond881 3 years ago from United States

Thanks for sharing this great information about cellulite. Thumbs up!

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my_girl_sara 3 years ago from Georgia

I'll admit that the dry brushing thing has thrown me. Never heard of that one before. I need to try some of these things. I look at my legs and swear they belong to some older woman. Thanks for the info!

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renegadetory 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Author

Not only does it help, but it is relaxing and feels great!

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marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

I had never heard of skin brushing or the hair spray trick...I feel so clued in now. Voting up! Thanks for writing. :-)

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torrilynn 2 years ago

A cheap and effective way to reduce cellulite is always wanted and needed. thanks for this hub. voted up.

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