Let's all say it out loud, together...CELL-YOU-LIGHT. We all got it...well 85% of us do...and who are these 15%? Can we meet them? Oh wait...we did..at Coachella. The long limbed uber models all under 30 with tight skin and not a dimple in sight ...well at least not on their legs. But we digress...
Why is cellulite SO embarrassing? If 85% of women have it, then why do we feel ashamed by it? Most women who have it are already genetically predisposed to have it and the others may have it for a million other reasons. Is it because the over airbrushing of our society says its awful? So along with the other long list of things we buy into, we also buy into the fact that cellulite is unacceptable...yep. So until we can change our own thoughts of how beauty truly is within and everything we have on the outside is perfect we will try to find ways to lessen the dimples and divots on our rears and thighs. I called Mieke in tears last week because along with my Thyroid "petering out" and getting older and more wrinkled, I now have a few new visitors in the form of cellulite blankets on my legs and stomach. She quickly turned the psychotic and neurotic convo into one of enlightenment. So I began some research based on her idea of what I could do.
Cellulite is caused by a few factors other than just weight gain or genetics. It can also be caused by hormone imbalances, poor diet, fad diets, dehydration, total body fat, lack of physical activity and skin color and thickness.
There are a few lasers and radio frequency treatments dermatologists can do to help but they are thousands and thousands of dollars per treatment area and there is no guarantee they will work. And if they do it will take more than one treatment to get the job done. So I turned to the more natural methods and here is what I found out....
NATURAL WAYS TO REDUCE CELLULITE-
- Dry Brushing and Coconut oil
- Coffee Scrub/Wrap
The body stores toxins in fat to help minimize how much toxicity your vital organs are exposed to. The dimples and pockets of cellulite are also full of toxins. Toxicity accumulated in your body over the years will show in your cellulite (and a myriad of other unpleasant symptoms). Take epsom salt baths, cut out refined sugars, processed foods, meats, cheeses and sodas and drink water and green tea and get active!
DRY BRUSHING (from wellness mama)
In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.
Using a natural bristled brush (plants) using upward motions towards your heart with a little muscle (enough to exfoliate but not hurt or irritate the skin), brush skin up and around. Make sure skin and brush are dry. Then hop in a hot shower and slather on pure coconut oil when finished. Why put toxins back in your skin with a lotion filled with them? (guilty!)
This treatment can be moderately effective. Try using fresh ground coffee to maximize the benefits, as it has more antioxidants and caffeine than used coffee grounds. Try this coffee-grind cocktail: Mix 1/4 cup ground coffee with 3 tablespoons hot water and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to absorb the water and form a paste. Then, mix in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to help bind the grinds. (This will make it easier to spread on, and offer extra moisturizing effects.) Cleanse problem areas in a warm shower, then turn off the water and apply the scrub by massaging in a circular motion for 2-4 minutes with your hands or a washcloth. Rinse with warm water to remove all grounds, then pat dry and moisturize if desired. Or don't rinse it off and wrap plastic wrap around it and let it sit for an hour or 2.
How it works: The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee are moderately effective to mitigate the appearance of cellulite in the short term. As a stimulant, the caffeine in coffee dilates blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens tissue. Plus it increases circulation and reduces water retention, both of which may also help smooth the rumpled look of cellulite. The antioxidants in coffee may help to release toxins, which is not only helpful for cellulite, but for healthy skin in general.
Drink water...and lots of it. At least 64 ounces a day. Add some lemon or fruit or mint to add to the health benefits. Clear out toxins that aid in making cellulite in your body with the help of a little h2o. Clear skin, more energy and less dimples??...IN!
Over it, but don't have a gazillion dollars to do laser, Coolsculpting or rf? Here are a few products that may help as well-
Cellulite or not...YOU ARE PERFECT.