No matter where it is or how much you have, we don’t doubt your enduring hate for cellulite. Those little dimples and creases patterned in to your skin are the result of uneven fat deposits within connective tissues, they are also a completely normal process of the human body. Yet, we would all admitedly go to the end of earth to try and make it disappear.
Cellulite is a word that women are taught to be fearful of from their young teens and are repetitively told is a bad, bad thing. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s okay to be okay with cellulite and there is certainly no need to engage in expensive procedures and fad diets leading up to your wedding day. Look and feel your absolute best all year round with these 5 minute, do-it-yourself cellulite treatments.
Your skin is your bodies largest organ, and if you don’t treat it well you can’t expect it to look amazing. Dry brushing is a great technique to remove a build up of toxins and impurities in the skin, and by removing dead skin cells you are allowing the regeneration of new ones. It also improves blood circulation in your problem areas and throughout the body.
Using a firm bristled brush, start with a light pressure on the problem area and slowly build up to a firmer massage. To avoid harshness on the skin try dry brushing in the shower just once a week.
Using the same concept as dry brushing, exfoliating is also a great way to get rid of old cells and regenerate healthy new ones. Exfoliating specifically on problem areas can also fake the effect of smoother skin, just by making your skin look fresh and glowing.
It can be done using all kinds of homemade ingredients, or ones easily available from a health food store or supermarket. Anything from coffee grounds, seaweed, sea salt, or natural green clay, mixed with sugar and coconut oil to make a scrub. Scrubbing twice a week will help encourage the regeneration of your skin and removal of toxins all around the cellulite.
Massage and oils
A quick way of starting to firm areas of concern is through self-massage, especially using specific oils that are great at tackling cellulite. Awakening the muscles and fatty deposits around them helps reduce fluid retention in the area, and the appearance of dimples. Oils such as juniper oil, tangerine oil and rose hip oil are all used in cellulite treatments effectively and especially through massage.
Mix a few drops with a small amount of olive oil, and using your hands or a brush massage the area for three to five minutes, three times a week. Even adding some of these oils into your diet, such as in smoothies, will help you reap their benefits.
Serums and creams
A great temporary quick fix for cellulite is the use of serums or creams that are intended to firm and tighten skin for a short amount of time. Massaging these into the area before an event will help reduce the appearance of dimples and uneven skin.
To find one that works well on cellulite you should look for key words such as ‘firming’, ‘contouring’, and ‘tightening’ in the title, as well as ingredients such as polymer, silicon and caffeine.
Lemon juice and cayenne pepper
Although it doesn’t sound particularly tasty the combination of lemon juice and cayenne pepper is known to give results to firm and plump the skin through detox. The toxins trapped inside muscle tissue and uneven fatty deposits react well to the detoxifying and flushing out of toxins from the body.
For best results combine a large glass of water, the juice of half a lemon, and only two to three shakes of the cayenne pepper, and drink each morning.