The name cellulite makes people cringe at the sound and sight of the undesirable condition. While cellulite sounds like a serious medical condition, it is rather common in the United States affecting over three million people annually, and 90% of women in their lifetimes. Cellulite is simply fat beneath the skin, which appears bumpy because it pushes up against the connective tissue. Cellulite is not harmful, but many people like to get rid of it because of its lumpy appearance.
“Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots, as well). Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation.” (Health, 2015).
Having cellulite does not mean you are overweight as many thin people suffer from this condition as well, however it may help in reducing the appearance of cellulite if you lose weight. There are ways to get rid of cellulite that are simple at home remedies, sparing you the time and cost of seeking outside assistance.
The Three Grades of Cellulite:
- Grade 1: Where the skin does not appear to be affected, but a microscopic evaluation of the cells reports that there is underlying anatomical changes.
- Grade 2: Cellulite forces the skin to show pastiness, and the skins elasticity decreases. These symptoms are on top of visible anatomical changes under microscope examination.
- Grade 3: Where skin can be visibly lumpy in appearance (resembling an orange peel.) On top of the visible appearances, cellulite forces the skin to show pastiness, and the skins elasticity decreases.
A Few Causes For Cellulite Could Include:
- Poor diet
- Fad dieting
- Hormone changes
- Lack of physical activity
- Slow metabolism
- Total body fat percentage being high
- Thickness and color of your skin
- Tight clothing in the buttocks area which cuts off blood supply to the legs
At Home Remedies To Help Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite
(Please note: None of these remedies have been scientifically proven to take away cellulite.)
- Diet: While this is one of the simplest remedies, a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables often gets overlooked. Daily incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables will detoxify the body and help you to lose weight, which may decrease the amount of cellulite that can appear.
- Dry Brushing: Dry brushing helps stimulate lymph and blood flow throughout the body. Take a dry brush (preferably one with natural vegetable derived bristles) to dry skin right before showering and make large strokes toward the heart. Avoid scrubbing the skin and brush gently over the skin surface. Start at your feet, and move toward the heart while avoiding back and forth motions with the brush. You will want the skin to be stimulated and invigorated not irritated and red.
- Take Gelatin: There are many benefits to taking gelatin, as it promotes skin and hair growth. It also is good for your joints and aids in recovery to tighten skin after having a baby for example. Gelatin is largely composed of amino acids, glycine, and proline which aids in proper skin, hair and nail growth.
- Get a Myofacial Massage: Because cellulite forms in the superficial fascia layer (the thin membrane that shrink wraps to your muscles) it is good to get that fascia layer released from the skin. If the fascia of your muscles do not get released properly, scar tissue can form and cause injury. Having this massage can help in promoting blood flow and healthy movement of the muscles and membrane, and avoiding the build up of cellulite. If you do not have regular access to a weekly massage, using a simple foam roller helps release the bodies natural fascia layer too. To use: simply ask for a myofacial massage in the buttocks, and legs region or use a foam roller over these areas.
- Coffee Scrub: This remedy is a fun and aroma filled way to kick cellulite to the curb. The massage and exfoliation is a healthy way to promote blood flow and promote healthy lymph node flow. You will need: ¼ cup coffee grounds, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar or regular sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Simply combine all of the ingredients together and store in a glass jar. You can use this scrub 2-3 times a week.
There are also a multitude of creams you can use, but none of them have truly been scientifically proven to reduce cellulite. It is always fun to start with fun and healthy at home remedies and work toward more advance help from there. Start by incorporating a healthy diet and exercise routine into your journey to kick cellulite to the curb! Remember: “Weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but some lean people have cellulite, as well. It tends to run in families, so genetics may play the biggest role in whether you develop cellulite. An inactive lifestyle also may increase your chances of having cellulite, as may pregnancy,” (Mayo, 2015). Knowing the causes of cellulite, and simple home remedies will put your mind at ease when dealing with the pesky and inconvenient backlash that cellulite causes.
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