9 steps to beat cellulite
I don't know if this can be of any comfort to you, but you should know that almost every woman on the planet has cellulite more or less. It's not necessarily related to your weight meaning that even the skinny girl standing next to you in the subway might just have it worse than you are. Although I have to tell you from the start that cellulite is pretty hard to get rid of, there are some tips and tricks that you could use in order to make a difference in the way your skin looks like. And I'm talking about a matter of days until your skin looks healthier and almost cellulite-less :)
1. Drink plenty of water
This is probably the best advice anyone is going to give you no matter what health subject you're addressing. Try to drink at least 1,5 l of water daily in order to flush out the excess sodium, one of the causes of fluid retention, and even more so, the toxins in your whole body. If you're not a huge fan of drinking water, try some herbal teas and maybe some fruit juice, without any added sugars, of course. Just remember that fruit juice comes with some calories from the fruit it's made of and you might want to reconsider the whole drinking water thing.
Also, eating fruits and vegetables which have a high content of water will probably help you to get rid of cellulite. And the best part is that your whole body will thank you for this total cleanse, your skin will be looking way better on every part of your body.
Oh, and by the way, coffee is not to be considered as part of your daily liquid intake!
2. Quit smoking now!
You know better! Of course you know that smoking is bad for your overall health and your skin is suffering from it as well. So maybe you didn't know this, but smoking actually can make your skin problems, even cellulite worse giving that it cuts off your skin's food supply and fills your body with toxins. And these toxins are not going to be so easily flushed out by that water I told you to drink earlier.
Smoking determines some detrimental effects on skin elasticity, which is going to be seen in your cellulite status, besides the premature wrinkles and sagging. Even the best of face treatments won't be able to deal with that.
3. Get rid of stress
Yeah, de-stressing is a must when it comes to getting rid of cellulite. Of course, stress is the cause of many other issues in our lives but the hormonal changes that are taking place in your body when you are stressed out can and will affect the way your skin looks like.
The dreaded cortisol, the stress hormone, can cause the thinning of your skin and can increase fat storage. Cortisol can also slow down you production of human growth hormones which would be able to create new skin. That's exactly why bodybuilders and people who want to be fit, try to keep their cortisol levels at bay.
It's essential to have some time for relaxation throughout your day. You can try yoga, walking in the park, cycling and, one of the most important aspects, get sleep! Sleep deprivation causes your cortisol levels to rise.
4. Exercise can help you get rid of cellulite
As I've mentioned in the beginning, cellulite does not only affect people with weight issues, thin women also get cellulite, but weight gain can worsen the appearance of cellulite.
What you ladies need to know is that cardio exercises alone won't help you get rid of cellulite. You will need to combine those cardio sessions with weight training sessions for your legs and butt, in order to really see some dramatic changes in the appearance of your cellulite. Toning your body with some exercises will sure help you look healthier.
Of course, it's gonna take more than seven days to see some reduction in your cellulite, but the results will be amazing.
5. Remove dead cells
Body brushing could be one of the best way to get rid of cellulite, but only if done with the proper brush. Skin brushing will help you remove your dead skin cells, will stimulate your blood circulation and will boost your lymphatic flow. All of these combined will help your poor drainage in fat cells, the thing that causes the cottage cheese look of your skin.
I know that it's pretty hard to do, but it's ideal to brush your skin twice a day using long strikes towards your heart.
The truth isn't all that pretty because anti cellulite creams, gels and lotions that claim to help you get rid of the cottage cheese appearance won't do miracles on their own. You're going to have to combine that massage with a healthy diet and drinking habits and some exercises to get rid of cellulite.
Ok, so that being said, **moisturizing daily will help you plump up your skin and cellulite products can offer even better results than ordinary moisturizing products*. These cellulite creams and gels are created in order to boost your circulation in the areas where cellulite appeared, increasing collagen production. Just remember to use that continuously, don't slack out!
7. Fatty acids
Essential fatty acids will help you strengthen your connective tissues around the fat cells, therefor these fatty acids will help you reduce cellulite. Not to mention all of the benefits that they'll provide for your overall health. Fat cells may be stopped from slackening and the dimpling effect of cellulite could be reduced by incorporating essential fatty acids into your diet.
You can get your fatty acids from sources like fatty fish (salmon, halibut, tuna, sardines), olive oil, fish oils, walnut oil and even supplements (but they're not as effective).
8. Eat protein
As I've already mentioned, water retention is one of the causes of cellulite. Protein can help you in this matter considering that it contains albumin, which helps absorb excess fluid.
Try to eat at least some portions of fish, pulses, beans, organic poultry, fermented dairy, lean meats in general to get your daily intake of protein.
9. Massage your skin
Yes, massaging your own skin has it's benefits, but going to a specialist for a massage is even better. Going to a massage salon will help your reduce stress, will increase circulation and lymphatic drainage, and break down adhesions.
Specialist manual skin kneading combined with lymphatic drainage can result in the smoothing of skin tissue and the elimination of excess fluid.