Cellulite. That orange peel effect that makes you self-conscious, afraid to show your belly, your thighs, your butt, that simple thing that can destroy confidence and leave you feeling unattractive. Anyone can suffer from cellulite (and yes, I think suffer is the right word for the experience!). Male or Female. Young or Old. Big or small. For me, my cellulite actually got worse as I lost my weight. Off-putting when you’re losing weight right? Even more annoyingly is all the advertisements, creams, lotions, procedures, and therapies that claim to remove cellulite but then the only thing they help minimise is your bank account. I feel your struggles, your frustration, and your pain.
So what is cellulite and why is it so persistent?
Cellulite is a result of where underlying fat is pressing up against the vertical connective tissues that surround our fat cells, resulting in a bulging of the fat cells, which leads to the appearance of dimpled skin – aka cellulite. Whilst this doesn’t always go away with weight loss (and in some cases, like mine, got worse) there are many things that can help with the appearance of cellulite. I learnt some amazing tricks to minimize its appearance and I wanted to share them with you (its not overnight magic but it will help):
1. Dry Body Brushing.
I touched on dry body brushing and its amazing benefits in this article here. Dry body brushing helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, increase blood flow and circulation, aid in detoxification, and improve the appearance of your skin AND cellulite! It also helps to break up fatty deposits which are the main cause of the appearance of cellulite! Dry body brushing to remove cellulite is simple: I like to use long strokes with the brush moving upwards towards the heart, and when really focusing on cellulite prone areas I brush in circular motions. You want to brush hard enough that the skin feels refreshed and has a slight pink tone, however don’t brush so hard you end up burning your skin so to speak.
2. Drink water
Drinking water helps to flush out excess water weight, improves skin tone, helps flush out excess salt and aids in detoxification – all leading to better skin and helping to reduce cellulite.
Get bored of water? Try including teas such as dandelion, fennel, white tea, celery seed, and nettle which are known to help with flushing out excess water weight, keep you hydrated, and taste amazing all at the same time.
3. Stress less & Sleep more
Stress produces the hormone cortisol which is linked with weight gain and hormonal fluctuations, aka cellulite promoting bad guys. Also, disturbances in your sleep pattern can also lead to hormonal fluctuations and can increase stress levels. Reduce stress and sleep better to reduce cellulite promotion.
4. Coffee Scrubs
I have found this is one of the best ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite (for me). Similar to all the benefits of dry body brushing above, but the inclusion of the caffeine in the coffee helps improve skins elasticity and has a tightening effect. A simple mix I like to use is coffee and melted coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil) and mix to make a paste. Store in a jar in your bathroom and use 3 times per week before your shower (as it can get messy!).
5. Eat well
Loading up on anti-oxidant rich foods (think bright and rich/dark colours), green tea, loads of vegetables, fibre, lean protein, eating fat (coconut oil, omega 3 rich foods such as nuts, oily fish, and flaxseed) helps to improve your skin, as well as promote a healthy weight, and makes you feel great!
6. Switch your salt
Get rid of iodized processed salt (which has acidic properties) and replace it instead with real salt: sea salt, rock salt, or Himalayan salt (alkalizing properties for the body). Swapping to more alkalizing foods in general will dramatically help with cellulite reduction.
7. Moisturize and massage
My favourite way to nourish my skin is with coconut oil. Massaging the coconut oil in helps with breaking down fat deposits and cellulite, AND also smells great! Also, treat yourself to massages as a way of helping the appearance of your skin and stimulating the lymphatic system.
8. Strength train and Walk
Improving the muscle tone helps dramatically with the appearance of cellulite. Tighten the muscles, lose weight, and watch the results. Also walking is great for the lower body and helps to stimulate a reduction in cellulites appearance.
By including these as part of your daily ritual for 3-4 weeks (and then continue to do so) you will begin to see a dramatic improvement in your skin and you will be bursting with confidence to show off your new self. Take before and after photos and you will shock yourself.
Got any extra tips? Leave me a comment below.