Afraid of letting the world know that you have cellulite? Take solace in the fact that 80 to 90 percent of women have it. But dealing with cellulite can be taxing. Baring your legs at a party becomes a daydream and reaching for jeans instead of shorts becomes instinct.
Cellulite results in a dimpled appearance of the skin on fleshy areas like the thighs and buttocks. The appearance may resemble an orange peel or cottage cheese. However you need not to worry as we have natural home remedies to get rid of cellulite.
Cellulite is basically subcutaneous fat that strains the skin causing dimples. It is common among women, and genetics also play a role. So if your mom has bad cellulite, chances are that you’ll need to deal with it too.
On a more exasperating note, roughly only 10 percent of men have it. That’s because the collagen bonds in men are angled, so the fat cells don’t push through to the skin as much. The collagen bonds in women are vertical, allowing the fat cells to give maximum appearance to the skin. Also, men have thicker skin than women, making their cellulite less noticeable.
While hormones are the major culprits, poor circulation is another cause of cellulite. It hinders the lymphatic system and results in accumulation of toxins in the subdermal fat cells.
Don’t expect any miracles from serums and topical creams. They usually contain ingredients that only make the cellulite less visible, without treating it permanently.
A long-term solution comes in the form of some home remedies, when used consistently. In some instances, slight modifications in lifestyle like healthy eating and exercising are required.
Here are five sound home remedies to help you get rid of cellulite fast and naturally.
- Method 1: Using an Exfoliator (Coffee Scrub)
- Method 2: Using a Dry-Brush Massage
- Method 3: Using Exercise
- Method 4: Using Natural Oil Therapy
- Method 5: Using Cayenne Pepper
- Additional Tips
Method 1: Using an Exfoliator (Coffee Scrub)
Things you’ll need:
- Coffee grounds –½ cup
- White sugar – 1 tablespoon
- Olive oil – 2 to 3 tablespoons
- Glycerin – 1 teaspoon
- Vitamin E oil – 2 teaspoons
Step 1. Put coffee and sugar in a bowl
- Put ½ cup of coffee grounds in a small bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon of white sugar to it.
Caffeine is the best friend of your cellulite-marred skin. Also, the antioxidants present in coffee grounds harden the skin by promoting collagen buildup, making the cellulite less noticeable. The sugar sloughs off the dead skin cells, making it easier for other ingredients to be absorbed readily into the skin.
Step 2. Add in the oils, make a paste and apply
- Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the bowl.
- Next, add 1 teaspoon of glycerin.
- Finally, add 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly to form a paste.
If you don’t have vitamin E oil, you can extract it from vitamin E capsules for this purpose. Olive oil, glycerin and vitamin E oil work to keep the skin moisturized. Glycerin also promotes healing in the skin and is great if you have sensitive skin.
How to apply the scrub
- Take a hot shower to open the pores of your skin.
- Lightly massage the coffee scrub over the cellulite-affected areas for about 5 minutes.
- Seal the areas with plastic wrap for about 10 minutes. This will allow the ingredients to work into the skin.
- Rinse the scrub off with water. Pat your body dry and follow-up with a good moisturizer.
Exfoliating with this coffee scrub will yield noticeable results. Repeat once a week for a long-term effect.
Method 2: Using a Dry-Brush Massage
Dry brushing is a combination of exfoliation and massage that can make cellulite less noticeable as well as reducing it. It gets rid of dead skin cells, opens the pores and promotes cell renewal. This results in tighter skin that makes cellulite less visible. The thorough body massage also improves blood circulation, thus promoting lymphatic drainage that helps reduce cellulite.
Dry brushing should always be followed by a shower to wash off the loosened dead skin.
- Choose a brush with bristles that are stiff but not too harsh on the skin. Soft bristles won’t be effective for this purpose.
- Slowly run the brush over your entire body, always brushing toward the heart.
- Brush your legs upwards, and along your arms from your hands toward your shoulders.
- Brush your back and chest using languid upward strokes. The brush strokes over your stomach should be counter-clockwise. If your chest area feels too sensitive to brush, adjust the intensity of brushing accordingly.
- Repeat the brush strokes twice if you prefer, but avoid over-brushing at all costs as it may irritate the skin.
- Shower as usual. Follow up with a rich moisturizer to hydrate your skin.
Incorporate this dry brushing into your daily pre-shower regimen. You may start noticing a difference after the first week.
Method 3: Using Exercise
Cellulite is more pronounced if you happen to be battling obesity. If your body mass is made up of more fat cell deposits than healthy muscle, then exercise can provide great results for you. Exercise can help you burn off the subdermal fat deposits and gain healthy muscle mass. You’ll find that the unsightly cellulite will disappear as well.
- You should include a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises.
- Aerobic exercises require oxygen and thus burn the fat in the body. Engage in cycling, jogging, swimming, a brisk walk or doing aerobics for 40 minutes, 3 times a week.
- Anaerobic exercises don’t require oxygen and work to build and tone muscles. You can join your local gym or take up weight training as a form of anaerobic exercise. Anaerobic exercises should be taken up under the guidance of a qualified trainer.
Method 4: Using Natural Oil Therapy
Natural oils like coconut and olive oil as well as essential oils can prove extremely beneficial when dealing with cellulite. Essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties that help break down cellulite, while coconut and olive oil make the skin healthy and cellulite less noticeable. These oils can be applied topically or taken orally to reduce cellulite and its appearance.
- Combine 30 drops of grapefruit essential oil with ½ cup of organic, unrefined coconut oil. Use this oil blend to massage your body.
- Add 30 drops of juniper essential oil to ½ cup of olive oil. Massage your body, especially the cellulite-ridden areas, with the oil mixture.
- For maximum benefits, do the oil massage after dry brushing and showering.
- Consume 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic, unrefined coconut oil daily. This boosts your metabolism and helps burn extra body fat, which reduces cellulite.
Method 5: Using Cayenne Pepper
Things you’ll need:
- Cayenne pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
- Ginger, finely grated – 1 teaspoon
- Lemon juice, freshly squeezed – from 1 lemon
Step 1. Mix cayenne pepper, ginger & lemon juice in water
- Add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a glass of warm water.
- Next, put 1 teaspoon of finely grated, raw ginger root into the water.
- Finally, squeeze out the juice of 1 medium-size lemon and add it to the water as well.
- Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
The heat of the cayenne pepper can help keep cellulite at bay. Cayenne boosts your metabolism, thus helping you burn the extra fat in your body faster. It also improves blood circulation and flushes toxins from the body. Ginger and lemon also help detoxify the body, thus helping to reduce cellulite.
Consume this drink 2 or 3 times daily for good results.
- Do not be harsh on your skin while exfoliating or dry brushing, as it will result in more harm than benefit.
- Before dry brushing, ensure that neither your skin nor the brush is wet.
- Shake off the dead skin from the bristles after dry brushing. Clean the brush weekly and keep it dry.
- Do not take up rigorous exercise from day one, especially if you’re not used to exercising. Slowly increase the intensity and duration of the exercises.
- If cayenne pepper is too hot for you to drink, you may also consume it in the form of capsules.
- Also, include cayenne pepper in your diet by adding it to soups, gravies and sauces. Sprinkle a pinch of it over salads or add it to your savory recipes.
- Adopt detoxing practices and keep your body hydrated. Keeping your body hydrated also helps flush toxins out of your body, thus reducing cellulite. Include detox baths and green tea in your regimen.
- Apple cider vinegar can also detoxify your body, thus helping reduce cellulite. You can apply apple cider vinegar topically or take it orally.
- Gelatin is a good source of dietary collagen. So, consuming gelatin can help you tighten loose skin and make your cellulite less noticeable.
- Try green clay therapy to reduce cellulite. Green clay improves blood circulation, which helps flush toxins out of the body.
- Consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Cod liver oil is the best source. Also, get plenty of vitamin D with sun exposure. This will help boost your metabolism to burn off the subcutaneous fat.
Summary of How to Get Rid of Cellulite Fast & Naturally
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