Usually, when it comes to cellulite, one of two things happen, you either pay it loads of attention with mirrors, creams, scrubs and spray tans or you hide it, never look back there and pretend it’s all okay.
Now that winter is upon us, you might be despairing that your cellulite problems are increasing. It’s not your imagination. White skin shows cellulite more than when you have a summer tan.
Who Gets Cellulite?
Dermatologists have predicted that cellulite affects up to 90% of women at some point in their lives, so if you think your yoga instructor has a perfect complexion under those tights…think again. Cellulite is especially noticeable on butt cheeks and thighs and it can occur any time after puberty.
Did you know…
Men can get cellulite too? Only it is much more common for women due to the type of connective tissue and fat we have in our legs.
How Did I Get Cellulite?
Cellulite is when particular fat cells sit just under the skin, not in the inner fat cells where we are used to them. Because the fat is contained by connective tissue it can only swell to a certain point, creating the dimples where the connective tissue holds fast. There are a number of factors that contribute to cellulite, however, no one is really certain why it happens exactly.
Surprisingly, weight isn’t a key factor, even slender thighs can show the orange skin dimples of cellulite just as frequently as people with more inner fat cells.
The three top causes of cellulite have been linked to:
Genetics that determine gender, race, metabolism rate, fat distribution and circulatory patterns may also predetermine your likelihood of having cellulite.
Hormones, in particular from estrogen, insulin and thyroid, seem to help in building dermis fat deposits
Unhealthy lifestyle including consuming high amounts of fat, salt and carbohydrates with not enough fibre, plus smoking, sitting or standing at length for one time.
Look out for tight undies. It is considered that having tight elastic across the buttocks may reduce blood flow and contribute to cellulite formation!
Act Now To Beat Cellulite
The formation of cellulite tends to get worse as we age, so dermatologists suggest getting to work to slow cellulite down and reduce the appearance of cottage cheese legs as soon as possible.
So let’s make a pact to look, notice and deal with those dimpled bumps as soon as we notice them to make a big difference to the appearance and health of our skin as we age!
Did you know…
That cellulite has three stages with only stage three being clearly visible? So even if you don’t see cellulite now, treat your legs to some invigoration to prevent any Stage 1 (where fat cells are present but only visible under a microscope) and Stage 2 (where the skin is pasty, cool and shows signs of reduced elasticity) from developing into the hailstone damage effect of Stage 3.
How Do You Treat Cellulite?
Weight loss diets and liposuction do not reduce cellulite because these fat cells sit higher than usual. The best prevention and ongoing thigh maintenance techniques are eating a healthy, balanced diet and taking regular exercise.
That means lots of quality high fibre fruit, vegetables and whole grains, as well as giving yourself a break from standing and sitting by doing quality stretches (i.e. squats or lunges) and getting some whole body movement every 45 minutes if possible.
Top Tips to Loving Your Legs
Do creams work? Probably not. There is no scientific evidence to prove that cellulite treatment creams work, however, it is beneficial to stroke your legs so using cream morning and night will engaging your circulation and shift your energy. Using natural products, like coconut oil or butter, ensure that you do not introduce factory made ingredients that may cause stress or agitation. Use your finger tips to massage in small circular motions and end with long upward strokes
This is all about improving circulation, detoxing some of the rubbish that can lock into your skin as well as removing dead skin cells that prevent your skin from breathing well.
It’s also a great way to invigorative yourself in the morning and deliver some self-love. Do invest in a quality brush, these are made from natural fibers (ie Tampico). You will get better results and they are more comfortable to use as well.
Dry brushing means your skin and the brush are both completely dry. If you have never tried this before it will feel a little strange at first but you will quickly get used to it.
If you need to, use smaller, softer strokes to start with and aim for two minutes of brushing. You will be looking to get up to five minutes at advanced brushing level.
It is best to do first thing in the morning (before you shower). Start at your feet and use slow stroking motions upwards (towards your heart). Focus on those areas that are the biggest problems, like your thighs and buttocks. If your skin becomes red that’s actually a good thing!
Shower straight away and don’t be too repulsed by what flows down the drain, just be grateful you’ve loosened it off.
Feel free to use any cream you like to get your body to flow and use that time to love yourself and give yourself some nurturing. You deserve it.
Scrubs and massages are the ultimate pamper session. It doesn’t need to be an expensive experience though, you can create your own home spa luxury and simply give yourself the time to enjoy it.
At home, I make an amazing coffee scrub that really gets to work on renewing my skin cells.
- ¼ cup ground coffee
- 3 table spoons course raw sugar (it’s for texture, not taste!)
- 2 table spoons coconut oil
And make your scrub paste.
Using a small amount on your fingers at a time, massage your skin and those cellulite areas firmly for a few minutes and rinse under the shower (please be careful, the oil will make your bathroom slippery so have an old towel on hand to stand on and improve your balance.
Use this scrub two or three times a week and if you have any left over, store it for next time.
Getting bored with coffee?
Make your own mix. Salt works well if you prefer that to sugar and you can add in anything you wish for an aromatherapy experience. Try a drop of essential oils or pestle your own ingredients like eucalyptus, orange blossom, clove, mint, lavender. For best results, soak in a warm bath afterwards to release that heavenly smell.
Like to soak in the bath? Use seaweed. Another great natural exfoliate is seaweed. It assists in stimulating blood circulation and smooth skin texture while flushing toxins. You can buy seaweed sheets from most supermarkets and any health food store.
Add four sheets of seaweed to a warm bath and soak yourself and relax for 20 minutes. Twice a week is plenty to see great benefits.
If you are still looking for scrub variations try this great recipe using seaweed to help reduce the formation of cellulite and strengthen your skin.
- 3 tablespoons ground seaweed
- ¼ cup sea salt
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice.
Take a small portion and massage into cellulite prone areas for 10 minutes. Rinse off in the shower and follow with moisturizer. Use one a day for two months to see great results.
Apple Cider Vinegar Massage
Apple cider vinegar is loaded with minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium. It’s a great toxic flush so try this recipe every day morning and night to get the best results.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water. Massage into the cellulite prone area and leave on for 30 minutes. When done rinse off using warm water. OR if you prefer apply the treatment to your leg and wrap in cling wrap and then place a warm towel around to keep the area warm. Wait for one hour and rinse. (You only need this one once a day)
Want an inside treatment?
Apple cider is a great digestive boost.
Mix two tablespoons with a teaspoon of honey and drink twice a day for a total inside and out clean.
There are some great natural spices that help digestion and circulation. One of the super hero spices for cellulite is cayenne pepper. It will warm you inside and out and help boost circulation and metabolism. As a plus it’s also great at increasing skin cell growth and removing toxins from the body, which are all good things for decreasing fat and bringing great health to your skin.
To create a health drink blast, take some warm water and add two teaspoons of cayenne pepper, one teaspoon of fresh grated ginger and the juice from a lemon or lime and mix well.
Try it once or twice a day for two months to look and feel great!
If you can add some of these techniques to your weekly health and beauty routines, you’ll be able to blast that cellulite fast!
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