Eighty to 90 percent of women have cellulite, affecting even slim individuals as well as some men. The condition occurs when fat cells protrude through the connective tissue that holds the fat in place, resulting in a dimply, “cottage-cheese” texture that is made all the more apparent through skin with poor elasticity. The cause can stem from a myriad of factors, including hormonal imbalances, lack of physical activity, a refined diet and poor circulation.
Genetics may also determine whether you will get cellulite or not, and the degree of severity. With a plethora of treatments available, from topical creams to clinical procedures, the treatment of cellulite can be expensive. However, there are many cost-effective remedies that may help reduce this unsightly condition. Do not rely on these methods solely, as they are not guaranteed to work on their own. Combine them with a proper diet and exercise to maximize success.
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Massage with Coffee Grounds
When applied topically, caffeine is known to stimulate blood circulation and if often a common ingredient in many cellulite creams. However, you can utilize its effectiveness for much less by making your own scrub and massaging it into your problem areas.Brew enough coffee to make at least a handful of grounds, and soak it with just enough vegetable oil to make a coarse paste. Scrub your problem areas in a circular motion from the top down, spending a minute or two on each part before snugly wrapping it with cellophane and letting it sit for 30 minutes. Afterwards, brush off the mixture and shower the rest off.For results, do this twice a week.
Dry Brush Massage
Dry-skin brushing requires the use of a soft-bristled shower brush and approximately 15 minutes. It should be done once a day and before you bathe. By brushing the entire body and not just cellulite-ridden areas, you will be stimulating the waste-removing lymph and circulatory systems while strengthening the skin. Using either the “head-to-toe or toe-to-head” option, make long elliptical strokes, Use a light pressure with the exception of the palms and soles of the feet, where the skin is denser.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The detoxifying properties of apple cider vinegar can be taken orally or used on the skin. HomeRemediesWeb.com recommends a drinking a purifying tonic by mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with honey in a glass of water each day. You can also create a mixture made out of three quarters apple cider vinegar and one quarter massage oil to be rubbed on the body twice a day.
These salts are known for their health and beauty benefits. To treat cellulite, soak in a bath with two cups of Epsom salt and few drops of detoxifying essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit, juniper or basil. You can also rub the salts directly onto the skin to exfoliate and stimulate skin.
Essential oils have the same cleansing effect when used directly on the body; they can also be used as a diuretic and to stimulate the lymphatic system. Mix a few drops with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or avocado oil before kneading the mixture onto the skin. You may also use a few drops to soak in a warm, detoxifying bath.
According to Natural Health Research Institute, supplements such as fish oil, primrose oil, grape seed extract, soy lecithin and ginkgo biloba help improve circulation and fat metabolism of cellulite.
What to Eat
The Natural Health Research Institute and the National Institute of Health encourage a diet low in dietary fat and high in fiber to reduce cellulite. Low fat and fiber-rich foods such fruits, vegetables and whole grains are also stocked with the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals needed to strengthen skin and reduce excess water and toxins.
Healthy fats from fish and nuts help collagen formation and skin suppleness. It is important to stay hydrated and drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day while avoiding caffeine and alcohol.