Natural remedy and prevention tips for cellulite
A healthy diet is the first solution for most things, so it’s no surprise it can have a tremendous effect on cellulite too.
What to eat
A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a good balance and variety of all the food groups will provide the body and skin with all it needs. This will encourage the production of collagen and connective tissues, which should help fight against cellulite.
Healthy fats, which can be obtained from nuts, seeds and oily fish are especially important, as they contribute to blood circulation.
You may know exercise is good for you, but how much are you doing? Its recommended we get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week to keep our bodies and minds healthy and strong.
If you’re not convinced, it may interest you to know that working out can also really help with reducing the appearance of cellulite. Cardiovascular exercise, such as running, swimming and walking will help increase circulation and burn body fat, whilst weight training will strengthen muscles underneath cellulite, which will help make it less prominent.
As cellulite is often most common on the thighs and buttocks, lower body strength training including squats, lunges and step-ups can be extremely helpful.
Yoga and Zumba are also a good way of combining both cardiovascular and strength training if you’re looking for something gentler.
Cut down toxins
The lymphatic system is responsible for getting rid of waste in the body, so when you fill it with toxins, such as nicotine, drugs, alcohol and even those found in non-organic food, it has a lot to take care of.
This holds it back from working on its usual jobs, such as breaking down fat cells, which helps to keep cellulite under control.
Hydration’s key to many things and smooth, cellulite-free skin is no exception.
8-10 glasses of water a day will help to plump up the skin and limit the appearance of protruding fat cells.
One of the contributing factors to cellulite is poor circulation. Massages not only feel great, but they’re wonderful for improving blood flow and also the appearance of cellulite.
Massages will also help stimulate the lymphatic system and kick it into action, helping to break down fat cells and eliminate toxins.
One of the most popular ways of massaging the body at home is dry brushing. Dry brushing is exactly what it says on the tin – using a firm brush in small circular motions on the skin. It’s recommended you dry brush three times a week before showering or bathing, and follow with moisturiser for best results.
Use apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium that promote circulation. Apply a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water to affected areas to improve the supply of oxygen, removal of toxins and production of collagen.
Whilst there are many different exfoliators available, one of the most popular methods is using coffee grounds. Not only does it act as a scrub but also stimulates dilation, plus it also contains antioxidants which could help with toxin removal.
To make your own, mix 1/4 cup ground coffee with 2 tbsp hot water. Leave for 10 minutes until a paste is formed then mix in 2 tbsp olive oil. Apply to wet skin in circular motions for 2-4 minutes before rinsing and patting dry.
Drink green tea
We’ve all heard green tea is healthy, but did you also know it could help you to reduce the appearance of cellulite?
Green tea is renowned for its ability to aid in weight loss and also improve overall health. It’s full of antioxidants which help to rid the body of toxins, and is also a powerful thermogenic, meaning it speeds up the metabolism of fat cells.
You should also try to limit your salt intake. A diet high in sodium encourages fluid retention, making cellulite look even worse.