Cellulite, How Do I Get Rid Of It??
Did you know that 80% – 90% of women have some cellulite? Isn’t that a crazy number? Men are fortunate as only 10% of them are affected by cellulite. So what’s the deal on this? It’s more common in women because women are more likely to have the particular types of fat and connective tissue that cellulite is associated with.
What is that ugly cottage cheese-like stuff on your butt and thighs? The answer is simple: it’s just normal fat beneath the skin. It appears to be bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. It isn’t harmful to your health, but many people try to get rid of it because it’s so ugly.
Cellulite doesn’t only affect women who are overweight; thin people get cellulite too. However, the more weight you lose, the more reduced your cellulite will appear. It can also be more visible if you eat a poor diet, follow fad diets, have a slow metabolism, don’t exercise enough, or don’t drink enough water. It could even have to do with the color of your skin! Cellulite is less noticeable in darker skin tones. There is no exact cause of cellulite, but popular theories include that it could have something to do with hormonal factors, genetics, your diet, your lifestyle factors and even clothing that limits your blood flow. Hormonal changes, specifically a decline in estrogen levels, may contribute to changes in circulation and a reduction in the production of collagen. A combination of fat cells becoming larger or increasing in number, a thinner collagen layer and change in blood supply may lead to cellulite.
So what can you do? Unfortunately, at this time, researchers and doctors have not identified a cure for cellulite, or a treatment that may permanently reverse the effects. However, there are strategies you may use to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite or which may halt the progression of the process.
Dry Skin Brushing: Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Although there are benefits to using dry skin brushing for aesthetic reasons, the technique also offers whole body benefits. Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, exfoliates the skin and increases circulation. Use coconut oil as a moisturizer once you are done dry brushing.
Drink plenty of water: One of the jobs of your fat cells is to hold and sequester toxins that the liver and kidney can’t keep up with. Without enough water, your body won’t be able to flush out toxins (which flush out the fat with it) and it won’t be able to effectively break down cellulite.
Coffee Rub: Many women have reported success with a simple mix of coffee grounds and warm water. Use this scrub for ten minutes twice per week on areas where cellulite reduction is desired. You should start to see some great results after four weeks of regular treatment.
Essential Oils: Juniper, Rose Hip, Birch and Rosemary oil help in various ways including increasing circulation and promoting detoxification of the cells. Mix any or all of these oils on the areas that you want to reduce cellulite.
Proper circulation helps to prevent and eliminate cellulite. Avoid wearing clothes with tight elastic bands that may restrict blood flow to hips, thighs, and other areas prone to cellulite. Also, if you experience a lot of soreness during physical activities, tight muscles may also be restricting blood flow. Perform stretching exercises such as yoga or Tai Chi to loosen up cramped tissues and improve your circulation. You can take supplements such as Gingko Biloba or you can purchase any products that are designed for varicose veins as all of them are designed to promote circulation, as well as strengthen veins.