The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines cellulite as “deposits of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue (as in the thighs, hips and buttocks) that give a puckered and dimpled appearance to the skin surface”.
Cellulite is a common issue that becomes more of a problem when it’s hot outside and swimsuit season comes around. Summer or otherwise, it always helps to look and feel your best! A healthy body and body image can help heaps with confidence, and even happiness. Cellulite can be dealt with in many ways, some of which you can even do on your own in the comfort of your home. We’ve compiled a list of home remedies that can help with cellulite reduction, so that you can have your skin and body feeling as beautiful as ever!
One important way to avoid cellulite in the first place is to take care of your body. For starters, drink plenty of water. We’ve previously covered the many benefits – both external and internal – of proper water consumption. One of the reasons water is great for your body is because it has a way of flushing out things your body has in excess, like salt and toxins. The former tends to encourage bloating. Apart from drinking enough water, eat foods that are full of the stuff, such as watermelon and cucumber. The great part about these foods is that the high water content makes them low-calorie and light. Water helps keep your skin supple and plump, keeping it smooth and healthy.
Coffee is not always recommended for skin care, but this is an exception. Exfoliating your skin with coffee grounds mixture can stimulate the flow of blood across your body, improving the condition of your skin. A coffee scrub helps firm things up, making the skin taut and removing that dimpled look that cellulite creates. Exfoliate your skin to keep it looking smooth and healthy, with the added bonus of using coffee to smell wonderful. Use leftover coffee grounds after your morning cuppa, mixing them with some oil (coconut oil works well to rid the skin of scars) and brown sugar. Remember to massage the skin so as to stimulate the cells as best you can, and don’t use this treatment every day. Twice a week should do it.
Speaking of good health, green tea also helps with cellulite reduction. The antioxidants and enzymes it contains help your body reduce fat absorption, keeping your skin lean and supple.
Tomatoes are a very healthy fruit disguised as a vegetable. The lycopene content makes them excellent as a cellulite fix. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you put this messy fruit all over yourself; eating it will suffice. One of the main reasons behind cellulite formation is the breakdown of collagen in the dermis, but lycopene prevents that from happening.
Another popular way to reduce cellulite is with apple cider vinegar, an extremely diverse household staple and favourite ingredient of home remedies. The minerals, potassium and calcium act together to reduce cellulite by flushing out toxins from your system. Though you can include it in your diet, it can alternatively be used externally, diluted with water. Once you apply it to the affected area, let the solution sit for 30 minutes before washing it off. This is a remedy you can include in your daily routine.
Activity is one of the best ways to fight cellulite. Cardiovascular exercise helps get your blood pumping, improving skin health and firming it up. The most common problem areas for cellulite are the thighs and buttocks, so if this is where you’re getting deposits, try some lunges to tone the skin.
Strange as it sounds, brushing your skin is a good way to reduce cellulite. It has the same effect as a coffee scrub – stimulating blood flow. But don’t grab the nearest toothbrush or hairbrush; invest in one made of natural material, with bristles that are neither too hard nor too soft. Use this to dry-brush the affected areas, promote healthy blood flow, smoothen the skin, and get rid of dry and dead skin. Remember, wetting the skin or the brush won’t bring about the desired effect. Uses long, single strokes that move inward towards the heart. Spend a good seven to ten minutes on the area, followed by a warm bath. You can do this every day or every alternate day. ..... Saloni