Cellulite is nothing but the fat that has formed into dimples or pockets. These dimples or pockets give cellulite its characteristic appearance. It makes the skin on the body appear uneven. The human body needs fat. It is an important nutrient in our diet. It has many functions, like storing energy, insulating the body, protecting the internal organs and many other functions that help the human body. Though it is good for the body, in many people, especially women, fat deposits in particular parts of the body convert into cellulite. It looks bad and is not attractive at all. It is one of the biggest problems that haunt women in today’s world. Everyone likes to have smooth skin, but cellulite is something that we do not want to keep on our bodies. Cellulite is a problem that needs to be treated. To have cellulite, one does not need to be overweight. Tips for a healthy and cellulite free lifestyle are given below. It occurs naturally and isn’t caused due to a medical disorder. Hormonal changes, a bad lifestyle, genetics and a poor diet are said to play a huge role in the formation of cellulite, but these are just theories.
You need not worry about cellulite anymore! It can be reduced and you can become firm and lean. Remember that cellulite can be REDUCED and not completely ELIMINATED with the different types of scrubs written below.
An amazing scrub you could use to reduce cellulite is made with your favorite morning beverage! Not only does coffee give us a good glowing complexion, but it also helps in reducing cellulite. To gain both these benefits, coffee must be applied topically. It is the most effective remedy and is easily accessible. You can use the left over grounds of coffee after it has been brewed to make this scrub. Take it in a bowl and add some honey to the coffee grounds. This scrub can be used on the face and body. Use it as you would use a normal scrub by applying it on the face/body, exfoliating and rinsing off after you are done.
The two ingredients you need to make this scrub, honey and coffee, are known as “super ingredients” as they are loaded with a lot of benefits and are very efficient when put to work. Honey acts an anti-inflammatory and purifying agent. It is known to moisturize and soften the skin. It also helps glue the coffee grounds together so that it can be applied in a comfortable way and also gives a good texture to the mixture that makes it easy to glide it on. On the other hand, coffee contains antioxidants and caffeine which tighten, smoothen and energize the skin. It also promotes circulation and reduces cellulite. Not only does coffee wake you up, but it wakes your skin up too!
This scrub helps to tone and tighten the skin along with providing a wonderful smell. Caffeine has been used to treat cellulite for generations. It removes excess water from the tissue. This removal of excess water will leave us with firmer skin. It dilates the blood cells which increases the speed and amount of blood flow. This will provide visible results. This scrub is very easy to make and does not need tons of money. To make this scrub, you will need one cup of used coffee grounds (you don’t need the used ones, but it will cost you nothing if you use the ones already brewed), one cup of sugar/salt, half a cup of oil, it could be coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or any other oil you prefer, and one tablespoon of vanilla. Just blend all the ingredients together and store the mixture in a glass container.
Use this scrub only on your body as it might be too harsh on the face. If you think your skin isn’t very delicate and can handle the texture, you can use it on your face as well. But make your own decision here as it is said to tone and make your face feel awake! Sugar exfoliates the skin, oil moisturizes and softens the skin. Rinse the scrub off your skin and enjoy its softness! Use this scrub whenever you take a bath at least three times a week and you will see great results in a few weeks!
Dry skin brushing is one remedy that has gained a lot of support from users though it is not proven scientifically. It is a great method which helps in stimulating the blood and lymph flow in the body. Dry brushing of skin opens up the pores. Do this right before taking a shower and make sure that the skin and the brush are completely dry. Brush towards the direction of the heart. Avoid stroking back and forth. Stroke well, long sweeps and in circular motions. Start from the bottom, i.e. from the legs on both the sides then move to the arms and stroke towards the chest. Make sure that you do not brush too harshly as the skin may get irritated and turn red in color. Now, start stroking the stomach by directing the brush in counter-clockwise. The brush you will need to use for the dry brushing of skin must have natural bristles, non-synthetic and most preferably derived from vegetables. The bristles must be stiff, but not too hard as well. If you think you cannot reach certain areas with a normal brush, try to buy one that has an attachable handle. Body brushing does not only promote tighter skin, but it also helps remove dry skin from knees, elbows and ankles. It also helps in cell renewal and provides good blood flow. It will also give you a smooth glowing complexion.
There are a few things you can do in your everyday routine that helps reduce cellulite and also helps you feel better about yourself.
A theory states that the consumption of the bad fats will lead to an imbalanced level of fatty acids which are needed for maintaining smooth skin and tissue. Consuming enough Omega 3 fatty acids will help reduce the taunting cellulite in the body. These Omega 3s are also very important for many other functions in the body. One should try taking supplements to see good satisfying results! example cord liver oil.
Chemical based beauty products add toxins to the skin. These chemical based products do not help much and should not be preferred if you are looking to keep your skin as healthy as possible. Try and use natural products to care for your skin and also to moisturize it. You could use coconut oil as it works as a very good moisturizer.
Gelatin has many different health benefits that can be derived by consuming it. It increases the speed of growth of hair, nails and skin and is also good for joints as it helps in joint recovery. It can also tighten loose skin and therefore can be used to reduce cellulite from the body. It improves digestion as it can bind itself to water and is a great source of dietary collagen. It helps build muscle as it contains specific amino acids and protein. These amino acids help not only to get proper skin hair and nail growth, but also help to gain maximum immune function and in controlling weight.
Cellulite is the layer of connective tissue under the skin which contains fat cells. This is also called Fascia. Myofascial massage or myofascial release is a type of massage that therapists perform to remove the imbalances in the fascia. It smoothens the layer on connective tissue and can also help some types of joint and muscle problems that are related to fascia. Most people may not have access to these massages. In that case, they can use deep tissue foam rollers regularly as it is a great help.
It is largely believed that hormones play a huge role in the formation of cellulite. This would be one reason why women are most likely to get this problem and not men. If you work towards proper balance of hormones, it will help in the reduction of cellulite. It may not completely get rid of cellulite, but it will surely help in a lot of other ways that are beneficial to us.
Detox baths are very relaxing and are very soothing. Another theory is that the toxin build-up and fat tissues increase cellulite. Detox baths, as the name suggests, help to remove all the toxins from the body. If the theory about toxin build-up increasing cellulite in the body is true, then detox baths may be a great way to cure this problem. It also has many other benefits for skin. It helps to get healthy skin and should be given a shot. You can also try a detox diet plan to reduce weight.
To be able to remove toxins from the body, they have to be drawn out of the cells, tissues and organs first. Fresh fruits and vegetables can actually help you reduce cellulite from the body. These should become the largest part of your diet.Consuming fruits and vegetables is a good way to reduce cellulite, but it has to be combined with other tips mentioned in this article. Gradually increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you rush into consuming a large amount of this fresh produce, it may just circulate the toxins and settle back into the body rather than being flushed out. Take baby steps when doing this. The body needs to get used to this increase and then be able to flush out the toxins efficiently. If you really want to increase the alkalinity in your body and minimize cellulite, you need to start vegetable juicing. Juice all kinds of fresh and healthy vegetables to get many benefits that solve problems, like aging, etc.
Swap your normal refined salt with Celtic sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt. This is because refined salt is acidic and it removes minerals from the body. It dehydrates the body which is a major reason for the formation of cellulite. This salt is so refined that it basically takes the whole force of the body to assimilate it. It also adds to the accumulation of toxins in the body. On the other hand, crystal and sea salt have more flavor and are packed with loads of minerals which they give to the body and do not take anything from it.
You need to keep yourself hydrated by drinking clean, fresh water and eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. This will also help to flush out all the toxins from the body. Water is highly important for life and plays a vital role in reducing and preventing cellulite. To keep yourself motivated in hydrating yourself, just keep in mind all the effects of dehydration; Lumpy, aged, and shriveled skin. Ensure that water is the first thing you consume everyday! If you don’t like drinking plain water, you can add some lemon juice or slices of lemon. Tea and coffee should be avoided as much as possible, but herbal tea is great. But if you do choose to include tea and coffee, make sure that you drink extra water and fresh vegetable juice to help reverse the dehydrating effect caused by tea and coffee. Vegetable juice is the master of all tips!
If you workout or exercise so much that you sweat, it will give you relief from stress and an Endorphin rush. It also helps you expel toxins through your skin. This also acts as a detox factor and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. Exercise must not be ignored if you are looking for effective methods and fast results. It will help in improving the appearance of your body as a whole because it tightens, tones and lengthens skin, which makes your body look more attractive.
If you are using any steroids on your cellulite areas, the appearance of cellulite will become more visible and more obvious than normal. It’s obvious that if the skin becomes thinner, the appearance of dimples under the skin will become more visible. Your skin will show aging and imperfections more clearly. You need not completely avoid medicines or steroids, but you need to make maximum use of the tips and make sure that you’re doing them correctly. If followed correctly, they will keep you healthy. You need to reduce the use of these creams and medicines. If you are healthy from the inside, you will not need any medical help anyway. Use natural oils and moisturizers to moisturize your skin and drink lots of water! Follow these tips one by one to keep yourself motivated and not rush into following all the tips at once! Take small steps and start with the smallest detail, like changing your salt. Keep yourself healthy and your cellulite problem will be minimized gradually.
Devi Gajendran is a Post Graduate in Nutrition (University of Madras, Tamil Nadu) and has tons of experience in Fitness and Nutrition. She is the chief advisor and full time contributor at the Fit Indian and has the final say on all the segments under the Fit Indian paradigm, such as beauty, fitness, home remedies, diseases, diet tips, weight loss, weight gain and so on. A foodie herself, she believes in the Hippocrates quote,” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A fitness enthusiast, she believes that the combination of diet and exercise can work wonders. When she is not sharing her valuable knowledge about food and fitness, she likes to spend quality time with her family members, do some healthy baking and listen to soft soulful music.