It is estimated that more than 85% of all women 21 and older have cellulite. It can develop on your thighs mostly because this area naturally has more fatty tissue and it’s also down to a person’s age, oestrogen levels, family history, tissue inflammation, increased fatty tissue caused by weight gain, loss of collagen, poor circulation, poor lymph drainage, thinning skin (epidermis).
In terms of overall health, there’s nothing wrong in having cellulite but many people wish to reduce it’s appearance.
So, here are a few natural ways that can help reduce those dimples.
Massage improves cellulite by improving lymphatic drainage and help stretch your skin tissue and cellulite dimples too but it’s not an overnight fix I’m afraid. The key is to be consistent to achieve and maintain the desired results. It’s also important to take note of the aftercare advice once you have had your massage to drink plenty of water after treatment to continue to help flush out the toxins that had been removed during treatment, no alcohol, coffee, chocolate or any other stimulants for at least 12-24 hours so you can reap the benefits of the massage. Now, I’m not saying you can’t have the odd tipple or the odd treat a few days after treatment, but what I’m saying is to be more aware of what you eat and drink.
Drinking more water
Ahhh The Elixir of Life! I know it’s so easy to say drink 2 litres a day as we all lead busy lives, but drink as much as you can during your day to keep you hydrated and have clarity of mind and to help aid circulation and lymphatic flow.
Weight loss may help some people with overweight and obesity issues to reduce cellulite. Losing excess body fat may naturally reduce the appearance of cellulite. Anyone can have cellulite. If you want to lose weight or tone your muscles, you may find a healthy diet and exercise can help reduce cellulite on your thighs. Exercise like squats, step ups, flute/leg kickbacks, side lunges, aerobic exercises that can help burn fat. Cycling, dancing, hiking, jogging, swimming, walking. The key is to find an activity you really enjoy and stick with it.
Helps stimulate blood and lymph flow within the body, opens and unclogs the pores and detoxifies the skin and it’s something you can do twice a day. Your skin should be dry and it’s ideal to do before you step into the shower/bath but make sure you don’t get the brush wet as it won’t be as effective. Make sure you brush upwards using long sweeps up to the heart starting from the feet upwards. Avoid back and forth, scrubbing or circular motions or brushing too hard as this will only irritate and blister the skin.
Did you know that there’s 16 different types of collagen? While all these different types of collagen play a part in body composition, Bioactive Collagen Peptides is the collagen that’s effective in fighting cellulite. So if your goal is to have less visible cellulite and beautiful skin and nails always opt for a trusted source of this particular collagen. If you follow a plant-based diet, Irish Moss is an excellent alternative.
Hormones play a very large part in cellulite formation and working towards proper hormone balance can help reduce cellulite. To balance hormones try and eat healthy fats, limit your caffeine intake and opt for herbal teas, avoid harmful chemicals in your home and find chemical free alternatives, prioritise your sleep and try and get 8 hours a night, supplement wisely but always consult your Doctor before thinking of taking any supplements if you are on any medication.
Some of you coffee lovers out there might be in shock with the thought of using good coffee grounds in a body scrub but if you are looking for a natural alternative to reduce cellulite, why not give this DIY recipe a go? It’s full of antioxidants and super beneficial for the skin.
1/2 cup fresh ground organic coffee (Fresh are best, but dry used grounds will work, too)
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup melted organic coconut oil if you don’t like coconut oil you can use organic olive, avocado , jojoba or any oil that makes your skin glow.
10 drops of organic Vanilla Essential oil
Just combine everything in a bowl and store in an air tight container. Use once a week.
It is VERY important that you use organic coffee in this scrub. The skin is the largest organ so whatever you put onto your skin is seeping in. Coffee that is not organic has the highest amount of pesticides of any food on the market. And you don’t want all of those pesticides seeping into your pores.