How to Decrease the Visibility of Cellulite
About 8 out every 10 women are affected by cellulite to some degree. Women naturally accumulate fat around the hips, thighs and stomach, which are generally the areas that are more susceptible to cellulite. Here, I hope to guide you to cellulite treatment that works for you.
What Causes Cellulite?
Beneath the skin are fibrous, connective cords that attach the skin to the muscle. In between the skin and muscle is where fat accumulates. When the fat cells begin bulge out father that the connective cords, you have cellulite. Imagine pushing a mesh screen against your skin. You'll notice that the skin will bulge out from the gaps in the mesh. This is similar to the anatomy of cellulite, with the mesh being the fibrous cords.
Cellulite is more common with aging, when skin starts to lose elasticity. Weight gain may also increase its visibility.
Diet and Exercise to Reduce Cellulite
I know you've heard it before, but I have to say it again. Diet and exercise can greatly diminish the appearance of cellulite. You can see in the image above that the fat bulging out from the connective fibrous cords are what causes the look of cellulite. Well, if you reduce the amount of fat, there is less pressure bulging against those fibrous cords which will cause the surface of the skin to look less bumpy. Makes sense, right? That being said, even long, skinny, beautiful legs can still have some cellulite. For this reason, we will describe other tips and tricks here that may help reduce the visibility of cellulite.
Do a Coffee Scrub
Caffeine reduces the visibility of cellulite because it draws out some of the water weight that may be causing those bumps to be looking even more, well, bumpy. So, when I'm in the mood to get a little dirty, here's a little trick I like to use:
Get a cup of coffee grounds and hop in the tub or shower (with the water turned off). Moisten your skin will a little water and then use the coffee grounds as a scrub, gently massaging the areas with the most cellulite. Once you're all coffeed up, relax and let the caffeine work for about 15 minutes or so. When you feel ready, rinse up. The coffee grounds might leave a residue on your skin, but it easily washes off with a little soap.
You can also make your own, homemade body wrap by massaging the coffee grounds into your skin, wrapping the coffee-covered problem areas with seaweed, and then wrapping it in plastic wrap.
With a coffee scrub, you'll enjoy the benefits of having super soft and smooth skin from the scrub, plus the added bonus of the reduction of the visibility of the cellulite. Though this is only a temporary fix, it's an excellent solution for when you have an upcoming pool party or day at the beach planned.
Take a Detox Bath
Another fun trick that may help reduce cellulite is to take a detox bath. Not only does it feel amazing, but you also enjoy the overall cleansing, detoxification and softening of your skin. Though there are plenty of options to choose from if you wish you purchase a detox bath, it is simple enough to create your own detox bath at home, where you can mix and match the elements to your liking.
Homemade Detox Bath
- Epsom Salt: Epsom salt replenishes magnesium in the body, which may be depleted through stress. The magnesium helps produce the mood-elevating hormone, serotonin. It also relieves inflammation, helps regulate electrolytes in the body, improves blood circulation and eliminates toxins and heavy metals from the body. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt in your bath.
- Honey: Honey is antibacterial and antimicrobial. I don't know if it helps cellulite specifically, but it's always a nice addition to your soaks to help smooth, soothe and soften your skin. Use about 1/2 cup in your bath.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda will help open pores and acts as an antiseptic. It helps sooth irritated skin. Use 1 cup in your bath.
- Essential Oils: Use a few drops of your choice, there are tons of options out there. If you have sensitive skin or don't enjoy aromatherapy, you can skip this one.
- Ground Ginger:This ingredient is optional as well. The ground ginger will make you sweat and help your body eliminate toxins. You may continue to sweat after your bath, so use this only if you have some time to relax after your bath. Start with 1 tablespoon if you have sensitive skin and use up to 3 tablespoons if desired.
- Glycerin: Use about a tablespoon to prevent your skin from drying out. Use more or less as needed.
- Mix all the ingredients together in the tub after the water has run. Step in and enjoy!
- Drink lots of water before and after your bath. It'll help flush toxins, plus staying hydrated is one of the top ways to help keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful.
Are Cellulite Creams Effective?
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a lot of creams that claim to be made specifically for cellulite reduction, however there are no clinical studies determining if these creams are actually effective. They do state, however, that application of a 0.3% retinol cream twice daily may reduce the visibility of cellulite after six months. Aloe Vera cream is also thought to help reduce cellulite. If you are consistent and patient, it may pay off down the road to maintain a consistent routine of using a cellulite cream.
To the right, I've listed a couple of retinol creams that received high reviews on Amazon. Another popular anti-cellulite cream is L'or de la Mer Organic Anti-Cellulite Body Blaster Scrub with Seaweed. It helps to improve circulation and to remove built up toxins that may increase the visibility of cellulite. Many who have used this scrub consistently for a few months notice firmer skin.
When it comes to choosing an anti-cellulite cream, look for ones that have high reviews as well as a high number of reviews. If a lot of people have reviewed it, you know a lot of people have tried it which means the reviews are generally more trustworthy.
Brush and Moisturize
If there's one thing I like to reiterate, it's the importance of exfoliation and moisturization to help maintain beautiful skin. This goes for the reduction of cellulite as well.
Cellulite tends to increase with age, as skin beings to lose elasticity. This is why I emphasize exfoliation and moisturization to help keep you skin strong, tight and springy.
I love body brushing my skin every day before I get in the shower. Brushing and almond oil helped me to avoid getting stretch marks when I was pregnant.
Use a natural bristled body brush and, using short strokes, brush toward your heart. Not only will body brushing exfoliate your skin, but it is also believed to improve circulation and blood flow to the skin. Exfoliate, shower and moisturize is my preferred routine.
You can also try a cellulite massager that is thought to help improve the look of cellulite. It works similar to a body brush in that it increases blood flow and circulation, helping to break down fat cells. You can use it simultaneously with oil or a cellulite cream.
If you've tried the homemade remedies and still aren't happy with the results, you may be considering going to a professional for help. I want to make sure to mention here that liposuction will not help and may even cause the cellulite to worsen (Google Tara Reid liposuction). This is because liposuction does not reach the top layer of fat where the problem resides. Laser-assisted liposuction, on the other hand, is less invasive and may help the look of cellulite, though many professionals do not believe it is worth the risk if cellulite is your main concern. Other professional procedures that may reduce cellulite are:
Lasers and Radiofrequency systems: These work on the surface layer, breaking down the fat and tightening skin. These procedures commonly cost $2,000+. There are many of these types of procedures available.
Endermologie: Endermologie combines deep massage, rolling and sucking in an attempt to break up the fat cells that cause cellulite. Results from endermologie last a couple of months and repeat sessions are necessary. Some people find the deep massaging to be painful and not worth it, while others are happy with the results.
Most importantly, if you maintain a routine and stay consistent, and you are sure to see a difference in your skin. In a few short months, you may be ready to kiss that cellulite good-bye!