Cellulite…Every woman’s worst enemy! That might be an exaggeration, but its kinda true for a lot of people. About 90% of adult women have cellulite to some degree regardless of how skinny or fit you are, and many of us just accept it. It is NOT permanent though, and you CAN work to reduce or even eliminate it! I still remember the first time I noticed cellulite on the side of my leg in my early 20’s. I didn’t even know what it was and thought “Hmm… I don’t remember having a dimple in my skin there..” I discovered what cellulite was and I noticed more as I got older and thought, if I don’t like this, I’ve got to make an effort to get rid of it. I know some people just accept cellulite and don’t let it bother them, and that is awesome! If you do want to try to reduce it or get rid of it though, then here are some specific things that have actually helped me reduce cellulite! I’m not scientific enough to know how effective each method is all on its own, but these are all things I try to do consistently (Especially the diet, water drinking, and exercise!) and have noticed a big improvement in cellulite since starting these habits!
What Is Cellulite?
To understand how and why these methods are helpful, we must first understand what cellulite is, and what causes it. In a nutshell, cellulite is just fat! Lots of sources say cellulite is caused by toxins which isn’t entirely true. Toxins are stored in our fat, and therefore toxins are in cellulite, but the toxins aren’t what’s causing the dimples, its just the fat.. But with that being said, having more toxins stored in those fat cells certainly isn’t helping. The reason women have cellulite so commonly, but men don’t is due to the way our connective tissues in our skin are made. Men have stronger connective tissues and fat cell chambers with extra support in between, sorta like this: |X|X|X|X| and women have connective tissue with fat cell chambers that looks more like this: | | | | | | |. That’s the best way to describe it in text. If you want to see an actual diagram check out this post! (Its awesome.) Our fat is stored in between those connective fibers in the fat cell chambers and when they are “overstuffed” they billow out creating the dimples we see as cellulite. Cellulite is also affected by our genetics and also increases with age as the collagen in our bodies diminishes. Poor circulation can also cause cellulite to build up even more. So even though cellulite is just fat, lots of other little things can affect how much you have and how visible it is.
Hope that makes sense! Now that you have a good idea of what cellulite is, and how it is caused, here are some specific things you can start doing that WILL help!!
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- Strength Training– You had to expect this one. 😉 I have numbered these in the order that I think they are most effective. When I started working out regularly I noticed a difference in cellulite, and other things of course! When you start building muscle definition, you see THAT instead of the fat! Exercise also burns fat, so there ya go! Cardio will help too, especially with burning fat, but strength training will be more effective at toning those muscles! My favorite exercise to do is Pilates. It can be high intensity and give you a great burn but requires no or minimal equipment. I live in a tiny camper and still manage to be able to do pilates, so no excuses. 😉 You can do anywhere from a five minute workout to as long as you wish! I aim for 25-30 minutes but if I’m short on time I still try to do at least one 5-10 minute workout video. Everyone can spare 5-10 minutes to benefit your health!
I love to watch Blogilates on YouTube and do her videos! I’ve been doing them probably 6 or 7 years off and on now! I create Playlists of videos that I do on a given day to make it easy. If the workout gets too easy I’ll either switch out the videos to different ones or just add more videos on top of what I already do. Here’s the actual playlist I’ve been using for legs the past couple months (give or take)! And here’s the one I use for a butt/hamstring workout. These are some of my favorite videos that give me the best workout, but all her videos are awesome! She has easier videos for beginners too. If you’re not used to working out, just start small! You will notice big changes. If you’re really hardcore, start lifting weights! That will start toning you up in no time!
- Take a Collagen Supplement- I wrote an entire article about the benefits of taking a collagen supplement here! Be sure to check that out if you want a more in depth post about collagen. Those connective tissues I talked about above are actually made of collagen, so taking a collagen supplement is going to be very beneficial for strengthening those connective tissues and keep them from bulging to create that dimple effect! Bone broth, jello, and any other product containing gelatin will also give you a collagen boost! I love taking Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate! <–(Buy it here!)
- Eat Clean- Eating whole foods rather than processed food is going to mean less toxins, and a more balanced diet. Eating wholesome food like veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and good fats will be much better than a diet full of processed pre-packaged food full of sugar, sodium, and artificial ingredients. This is just common sense, but I had to touch on it. You are what you eat! Eating well will benefit the way your body looks and feels and keep you from gaining lots of extra fat for your body to store!
- Drink LOTS of Water- I could write a whole post about the importance of drinking water. Drinking more water actually helps you lose weight which can help with cellulite if you’re carrying extra fat in those cellulite-prone areas. Staying completely hydrated is also great for the appearance of your skin! It makes it nice and supple and “plump” (in a good way!). If you want some physical proof of this, check out this article by a woman who started drinking 3 liters of water a day to help with her headaches. Just four weeks after starting her new hydration habit, she looks SOO much younger, has amazing skin, and she commented in the article that her husband noticed that her cellulite had vanished since she began! I think by keeping your cells hydrated, it plumps up your skin with water, hiding the dimples underneath! The weight loss may have attributed to its disappearance as well.
- Essential Oils- My most popular post to date (With over 294,000 views!! :O) is my Pretty Legs Cream. It contains ingredients and oils that give your skin nutrients it needs to create more collagen, some that tighten skin and improve elasticity in your skin, and others that promote the removal of those toxins that are stored in your fat. One of the oils also contains an enzyme that is said to be able to aid in the breakdown of fatty build up in your body. For the recipe, and more info on the benefits of the cream, check out the post and make some for yourself! It has other benefits besides helping with cellulite, like helping to reduce the appearance of and prevent stretch marks, and healing cuts, scrapes, or bruises, as well as being very moisturizing. If you don’t have time to make this blend, try using the Cellulite essential oil blend <—(Buy here, its only $5!) mixed with a carrier oil! I love this blend and it also smells amazing!
- Use a Coffee Scrub/Coffee Soap- These are all over Pinterest! Do they work? Some people say yes, while others aren’t convinced.. Many people have great testimonials of these things working for them but there’s a lack of physical or scientific evidence. With that being said, it definitely can’t hurt to try it!! When doing research for this post I came across lots of sites that claimed caffeine can break down the fatty deposits under the skin, and some that suggested caffeine, when used topically, is great for reducing cellulite, but of course no one sited any sources so I don’t really know if they’re credible, so it might be true, might not be true. The reason I left this option on here is because scrubs like these are great for exfoliating your skin which is good for increasing circulation, which is definitely good for cellulite! The caffeine may be an added bonus, but who honestly knows. 😉 There are recipes for coffee scrubs all over the place, but if you’re wanting something a little bit less messy, try my recipe for coffee soap if you’re feeling adventurous!! You can also use a melt-n-pour soap base and just add coffee grounds if you’re nervous about making soap from scratch!
- Dry Brushing- On my Pretty Legs Cream post I wrote about how its helpful to apply the cream after dry brushing your legs, and several people asked me “What is dry brushing!?” I learned about it on one of my favorite blogs Wellness Mama and here’s an awesome article of hers that explains dry brushing. This is another option that has a LOT of testimonials from people saying its great for cellulite. Dry brushing IS awesome for circulation, just like the coffee scrubs which is why I can definitely recommend it. Many people who stick with dry brushing consistently report great reduction in cellulite. I have been doing this on and off for years now using a brush like this, and while I have seen a reduction in cellulite, there’s no telling if its from something else I’m doing or a combination of everything. I will say though, that your skin will look so much better immediately after dry brushing, it almost glows! It exfoliates it really nicely, making your skin softer, and gets the blood flowing which makes your skin glow and look healthier immediately after dry brushing. To get lasting results you will need to stick with it and dry brush at least once a day. If anyone has experience with this let me know in the comments!! I’m curious to hear if anyone else has tried this!
- Stretch- Having a good stretch is great for your muscles and also great for increasing circulation in those areas. This is another remedy that doesn’t have scientific proof, but does have people that advocate its benefits for cellulite! There are lots of other benefits to stretching though and should be a habit you try to do everyday! It feels great too! I always feel so much more relaxed after a nice stretch!
Well there you have it! Eat a clean diet with LOADS of water, get collagen into your body daily, work out those muscles as often as you can, and make sure your legs and problem areas get lots of circulation from things like stretching, coffee scrubs/soaps, dry brushing, and massaging some great anti-cellulite essential oils in there! This might sound like a lot of things to do, but once you get into habits like these, they become like second nature, and you’ll actually enjoy them!
I can’t promise that you won’t have ANY cellulite if you do these things, but I can promise that you’ll notice less and less cellulite if you stick with it! I definitely notice a difference with myself when I’m doing really great with consistency….as opposed to lately when I’ve been on vacation and super busy and neglecting my good habits! Ugh…I need to get my act together! 🙂
Do you have any other tips for cellulite? Let me know about those in the comments!