Cellulite is something many women struggle with and can cause self esteem and self image issues. It’s something that 80-90 percent of women struggle with, while men do not. Cellulite appears as small divots or bumps in certain areas, and although it’s not harmful to your health, some women hate the fact that they have it.
So, What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is not just on the surface of your skin like many think. Cellulite is pockets of fat that have sunken between bands of tissue under your skin called septae. The reason men don’t often get cellulite is because they have stronger bands that criss-cross under the skin and keeps the fat in place more effectively, while women have more flexible vertical septae.
Despite contrary belief, it’s not just overweight women who get cellulite. Both thin and heavy women are prone to cellulite. Although if you are heavier, you are more susceptible to cellulite, but even thinner women will have fat between their muscles and skin.
Losing weight might help the appearance of cellulite, but it can also make it worse. Those losing a significant amount of weight, can have saggy skin, which will make the divots more prominent. Cellulite can also be caused by genes, as your genes help determine how you store fat and the appearance of it. Treating cellulite also isn’t easy. Many have marketed that liposuction is a treatment for cellulite but removing fat with this method can make the appearance of your skin even worse than before.
There are ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite easily and effectively at home. Here are 8 ways to get rid of cellulite naturally.
Although this method is not scientifically proven, many have first hand experience that dry brushing is a natural way to reduce cellulite. Dry brushing can be done once or twice a day when your skin is dry. The best time to do so is before showering and ensure that your brush is also dry. It might sound odd, but it feels great and encourages blood and lymph flow in the body. It opens up the pores on your skin, allowing more oxygen flow as well.
Using a brush that has natural stiff bristles rather then synthetic bristles will give you optimal benefits. One with a detachable long handle will also be useful to reach hard places. Only brush towards your heart, as brushing away can cause stress on your veins. Don’t brush too hard as your skin should be stimulated but not irritated. Dry brushing will not only remove dry skin, but will also promote cell renewal, blood flow, and tighter skin.
Cellulite is thought to be formed in a layer of connective tissue below the skin called the superficial fascia that contains fat cells. It is fibrous and factors like inactivity, injuries, and improper exercise can cause scar tissue in the fascia which contributes to bumpy divots on the skin. The fascia can become thicker, coarse, and less flexible, causing it to adhere to underlying structures that it would normally glide over.
Myofascial massage or myofascial release done by a professional can smooth the layer of connective tissue and can even help with certain types of muscle and joint problems related to the imbalances in the fascia. Using a deep tissue foam roller can be beneficial as well for those who don’t have access to a regular massage.
Coffee has an invigorating and tightening effect on the skin. Create a coffee scrub by mixing ¼ cup of coffee grounds, 3 tbs of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Use this scrub to massage into the affected areas, as it stimulates blood and lymph flow. Massage into the skin with slight pressure, 2-3 times a week. There should be visible results within a couple of weeks.
Consuming the wrong kinds of fats can lead to an imbalance of the fatty acids that are required for smooth skin and tissue. Omega-3s have been thought to reduce cellulite over time. Regardless if it works or not, omega-3s are beneficial for many other functions in the body and can give you glowy skin so you have nothing to lose by trying it out.
Kettlebells are one of the most effective ways to work on your hips, thighs, buttocks, and stomach areas. It increases blood flow to these areas to remove cellulite and is proven to build muscle and burn fat, both of which help reduce cellulite.
The most important thing the body needs is water. Without water, we become dehydrated, causing our skin to be dull, dry, and lacking elasticity. Being hydrated can smooth out the skins texture, reducing the look of cellulite. Try to get your required daily intake of water or eat foods high in water content like cucumbers, melons, and leafy greens. These foods are full of water and low fat, also helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Although cellulite is not something that we can get rid of permanently, we can take steps to improving the appearance of it. It is also nothing to be too stressed about as many women have it! To learn more about improving the appearance of cellulite contact Clearview MediSpa today.