8 natural remedies to cure cellulite
Cellulite seems to be one of those problems that plagues just about every woman nowadays. Let's face it, we're all in search of a proper way to get rid of cellulite because it does ruin our figure, either skinny or a bit on the chubbier side. Giving that I see some remedies for cellulite in almost every magazine and website out there monthly, I’m guessing that the cellulite issue hasn't been solved yet.
What causes cellulite?
Most sources agree that the dimpled appearance of cellulite occurs due to problems/imbalance in the connective tissue and fat in a person’s body but there are many theories about what may cause this certain imbalance. It's not just one cause for cellulite, their might be many. The causes of cellulite may consist in hormonal problems, diet and lifestyle mistakes or a genetic predisposition. All of these play a role in the appearance of cellulite. While those who are overweight tend to have a higher chance of getting cellulite, thin women seem to be bothered by it as well.
In this article I will try to give you some of the best ideas that might truly help you to get rid of cellulite. I myself have tried some and the others I've gathered from some trusted sources of mine. They should all help balance the connective tissue/fat in the body and address the many possible causes. Either way, these things are beneficial for other reasons too so they are worth a try!
1. Dry Brushing
This is one of the remedies that don't have scientific support but seem to be raved by the women who have tried it, giving it a lot of anecdotal support. Bottom line is even if the dry brushing technique doesn't do miracles for your cellulite, it feels great on the skin and it helps stimulate blood and lymph flow, both of which are extremely important for healthy looking skin.
How to dry brush the skin: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.
Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.
Benefits: Besides the fact that it banishes the 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. Doing a soft dry brushing session on you face skin will leave it feeling smooth and silky. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.
2. Consuming Gelatin
Believe it or not, but gelatin has some important health benefits that you should consider:
Gelatin supports skin, hair and nail growth
Can help tighten loose skin (like that wretched skin you get after being pregnant)
It's good for joints and can help joint recovery
Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track
Might help improve cellulite
Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)
It's even a decent source of amino acids, like glycine and proline (these amino acids are needed for skin, hair and nail health, but are also important for optimal immune function and weight control)
3. Coffee Scrub
We've all heard about the benefits of coffee even when it comes to getting rid of cellulite. Coffee scrubs can be beneficial in reducing cellulite. The massage and exfoliation benefits skin by stimulating blood/lymph flow and the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect. Even if you don't get the results you've been waiting for on your skin, it will at least exfoliate it.
Use a combination of coffee grounds, brown sugar and some olive oil or melted coconut oil. Massage this combination onto the skin for a few minutes and apply firm pressure, after which you wash your skin as usual. Do this massage for 2-3 times a week. You should see some improvements in about one month.
Another theory is that a high intake of unhealthy fats, like trans fats, leads to an imbalance of the fatty acids that the body needs for smooth skin and tissue. There is some evidence that consuming enough Omega-3 fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins will help reduce cellulite over time. Either way, Omega-3s and fat soluble vitamins are important for many other functions in the body, so it won’t hurt to try it!
You can take fermented cod liver oil, being extremely healthy for your skin, but also for supporting brain cells and guarding the body against inflammation.
Kettlebells Are earning more and more popularity and for good reason! They are especially good for the hips/thighs/buttocks/stomach areas, just give it a try, any kettlebell exercise does the trick! You'll probably feel sore even 3 days after the workout :))
Increasing blood flow to these areas can help remove cellulite and kettlebells are one of the most effective ways to build muscle and burn fat (both which help minimize the appearance of cellulite)
6. Moisturize Naturally
()Just as some people say that detox baths could improve the appearance of cellulite giving that they help remove toxins - that can lead to skin problems (and maybe cellulite), constantly adding toxins back to the skin in the form of chemical-laden beauty products probably doesn’t help much! If you haven’t already, try using natural options for skin care and moisturizing. Simple coconut oil will work as an all-purpose moisturizer, but if you want to get a little more sophisticated, there are a few special recipes to help you burn cellulite and fat.
7. Balance Hormones
It seems that many sources agree that hormones play a large part in cellulite formation (one reason that women typically get it and men don’t) and that working toward proper hormone balance can help reduce cellulite. Even if it doesn’t get rid of cellulite, balancing hormones helps in so many other ways that it is worth working on!