So, ladies…I’m finally doing it. I’m going to talk about the thing that no one talks about and everyone pretends doesn’t really exist…Cellulite!
I would like to say, before you even think it – no, cellulite is not there because you had too many cookies. Contrary to popular belief, it is not actually a weight issue related problem, it is there because of genetics, hormones, lifestyle and most interestingly because…you’re a woman?! Women’s skin collagen is arranged differently to men’s – men also have thicker skin, meaning that cellulite pockets protrude less. Even the slimmest women can have cellulite and it is considered totally normal from a medical standpoint to have some. In fact, 95 per cent of women have some type of cellulite somewhere on their body.
So what is Cellulite?
Cellulite is free-floating fat cells that lie just beneath the skins surface, also known as fatty deposits or ‘dimples’ which cause lumps and bumps. As this “free floating” fat accumulates and gets larger in size, it pushes up against the skin, which gives the bumpy appearance and dimpling effect. So what is really making this happen?
The answer is that it is related to hormonal changes and a build-up of toxins/ chemicals in the body (mostly from the fat cells) – these are the two most common causes of cellulite. The formation of cellulite is also linked to oestrogen, insulin and prolactin hormones with genetics playing a key part as it is a hereditary condition.
Can I make it go away?
Beauty disclaimer: You cannot ‘cure’ cellulite but there are many ways in which you can help prevent or reduce its appearance.
Body Bible Tip #1: Find Strength in Strength Training
Cellulite forms in areas with the least blood flow or circulation so without activity, it’s very hard to budge. Regular exercise cannot cure cellulite but in many cases it can help prevent or reduce its appearance. Toning muscles will tighten the skin, making it seem like cellulite is less than it actually is. Cardio is great to stretch out dimples but my top tip is to find strength in strength training and hit the gym with weights – it will smooth out the cellulite faster.
Body Bible Tip #2: Time to Brush Up
This by far is the most effective treatment and if done regularly, it shows great results. If you’re not already body brushing on a regular basis then you definitely should be! I’m obsessed! Use a dry body brush and start with long upward strokes before or after your shower. This increases fat dispersion, encourages lymph drainage and smoothes the surface of your skin…all in one.
Body Bible Tip #3: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Stay super hydrated! The more water you drink – the quicker you will reduce the appearance of cellulite. I would recommend between 2-3 litres of water a day. By increasing your water intake, you help your body to cleanse your internal system. Please also try and avoid refined sugars and processed foods with too much salt as these all contribute to cellulite.
Body Bible Tip #4: Wake up and smell the…Caffeine Scrub?!
One of my favourite scrubs is my coffee scrub, it works a treat and smells divine. Get rid of cellulite with a homemade scrub and exfoliate those dimples away.
Cellulite’s enemy #1 is caffeine. Caffeine provides antioxidants to the skin when applied topically. I like to massage my scrub onto my skin in slow, circular motions before rinsing off with warm water. As a stimulant, the caffeine in coffee dilates blood vessels making your skin look firmer and even more beautiful.
Here’s my DIY coffee scrub recipe which should be used twice a week on dimpled areas. Add 1/2 cup ground coffee to 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil. Mix in 1/4 cup sugar white or brown and 2 tablespoons of pink Himalayan salt. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed in well and rub on your troubled areas.
I hope these every day remedies help you fight cellulite…The most important thing is to love yourself no matter what! #StayRealStayYou.