There is a difference between looking good in your favorite pair of jeans and looking good in a bikini. The difference is caused by something called cellulite. There isn’t a person that won’t get cellulite of varying degrees later in life, but for some, it can be a real problem. No matter how much you work out, or how much weight you lose, cellulite can remain in your problem areas. Most commonly found in the legs, thighs and buttocks, it looks almost like cottage cheese. There are many theories as to why you get cellulite, but no medical congruence about what causes it. The most likely explanation is a combination of factors leading to the formation of it, and to what degree you experience it.
There are some surgical procedures that do a fair job of masking cellulite, but they can be invasive, dangerous and expensive. Some people have had some success with natural treatments.
The best way, to get rid of cellulite or to limit its progression, is through prevention.
To decrease the appearance of cellulite, limit the following risk factors:
Those who eat a higher concentration of high fatty foods or a lot of carbohydrates have a tendency to have more cellulite. When possible, choose low-fat foods, lean meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
To limit cellulite, exercise frequently. Those who sit for long periods of time or stand in one position are more likely to have a large amount of cellulite. Choosing to stay active, and exercise is a great way to tone muscles and to keep skin taught and cellulite-free.
Making sure to remain hydrated is a very important part of keeping cellulite at bay. Flushing toxins from the body, specifically the skin, can help you to reduce the appearance of cellulite especially in troubled areas.
4. Restrictive clothes
There is some evidence that wearing restrictive clothes, like underwear and undergarments, contributes to cellulite by limiting the flow of oxygen and blood to certain areas of the body. When possible wear clothing that isn’t restrictive, or that cuts off the flow of blood and oxygen.
There is a belief that cellulite is the cause of poor circulation. When the blood or oxygen doesn’t get where it needs to be, the theory is that the tissue doesn’t get enough nourishment. Massage is one way of increasing blood flow and releasing any blockages that you may have in your lymphatic system.
6. Drink water with natural diuretics
There are foods that are both natural anti-inflammatories, and help to deal with water retention. If you are retaining water underneath your skin, cellulite is going to be much more noticeable. When possible, eat foods such as watermelon, blueberries, celery, dandelion leaf, leafy green vegetables, and ginger.
Even if you are someone who is not into exercise, finding ways to sweat will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Using a sauna or a steam bath, is a great way to target water retention, or water that is under the skin. It can make a significant difference, even if it is short-lived. Combing a hot water with a cold water shower can also help to decrease the look of cellulite.
8. Using resistance training
Sometimes working out is not enough. Many women are afraid to lift weights for fear that they are going to bulk up or get “bigger”. Resistance training helps to build lean muscle mass, which will not only help to maintain weight, it will also make your muscles appear more toned. When you tone your muscles it makes the connective tissue of the skin tighter and it will also help to decrease the appearance of cellulite on the outside layers of the skin. Not only will you ramp up your metabolism, you will make your skin appear smoother and more taut.
9. Body brush
It may sound silly, but for the same reasons that massage works, body brushing works. It is literally the practice of taking a hair brush and using light force, brushing your skin from the outside to open up the lymphatic system to flush fluid and increase oxygen and blood flow. If you do it every day, you will see a real difference in the cellulite.
10. Limit salt intake
Any time that you retain water you are going to notice cellulite more. When possible, limit your intake of salt. Salt signals your body to hold onto water, which will make you retain water on the surface of the skin that can lead to cellulite in places that you don’t want.
11. Lose weight
There are some people that say that they have tried everything including losing weight. The frustrating part about losing weight is that it is always our troubled areas where the fat comes off last. Those areas are the ones that have cellulite. It may be that you haven’t lost enough weight or kept it off long enough, to notice a visible difference. Sometimes those last five pounds can make a profound difference. If you can hang in there just a little while longer, do.
12. Self tanners
Cellulite can appear more profound if your skin is extremely white. Using a self-tanner on areas where cellulite is worst may do nothing to reduce the amount of cellulite that you have, but it may help it to be less noticeable or to appear so pronounced. Use self-tanners around the parts that you dislike the most to get an even tan and make sure that those areas don’t stick out.
There are some radioactive frequencies which have been shown to reduce fat cells below the skin. They have mixed effectiveness and can be costly. There is no guarantee, and they involve many treatment sessions.
If all else fails, liposuction is a proven method for getting rid of the fat that is underneath the skin. Although an invasive procedure, it does work. The downtime is not as significant as it used to be, nor are the risks involved. If you are finding that cellulite is hurting the way that you feel about yourself, or altering your activities, liposuction may be something you may want to consider.