How To Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally: The Top 5 Tips
By Rebecca Gawthorne – Dietitian & Nutritionist
Cellulite - most women have it, hate it and don't know what to do about it. Whilst cellulite isn't harmful or dangerous, it is something most us would like to get rid of!
Cellulite is defined as "persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin, especially on women's hips and thighs". To put it simply, cellulite is nothing more than fat beneath the skin. It appears bumpy because the fat pushes against your body's connective tissue, causing the skin above it to dimple.
Cellulite is much more common in women than men (it affects over 90% of all women) due to differences in hormones and body fat storage areas, and is particularly visible on women’s thighs, buttock and legs.
There are many factors that influence the appearance of cellulite including your individual:
- Diet (food and water intake)
- Exercise levels
- Connective tissue changes
- Total body fat (note that slim people can have cellulite too)
- Skin colour and thickness (cellulite is less noticeable on darker skin)
While there are no scientifically proven methods to rid cellulite completely, there are some great, natural ways to help reduce the visible appearance of cellulite, or at least, cover it up. Check out my top five natural tips to reduce cellulite below. Give them a try and see what difference it makes!
Top 5 Natural Tips to Reduce Cellulite:
- Improve Your Circulation - Loss of circulation to an area of your body – whether it is due to a sluggish lymph system, inactivity, clogged arteries or nutrient deficiency – can greatly impact the formation of cellulite. So improving your body's circulation and lymph system can be one of the most effective ways to reduce visible cellulite.
Dry bodybrushing functions as a light form of massage that stimulates lymph flow. Try using a large, soft natural-bristle brush before you shower to gently stroke the surface of the skin on your thighs and buttocks. A few minutes each day can greatly improve your circulation and lymph system, reducing cellulite visibility. Body scrubs, especially those containing coffee, are also great for improving circulation. Foam rolling of the lower body can also help with blood flow and circulation.
- Eat Healthy & Stay Hydrated - Healthy eating is very important when it comes to managing cellulite. Filling your day with fresh, nutritious foods including high amounts of fruits and veggies, and avoiding alcohol, refined foods and saturated fats is vital in the fight against cellulite. Ensuring you have a good intake of healthy fats (think fish, nuts, seeds, avocados) versus unhealthy fats (think processed, fatty meats, deep-fried foods, cakes, biscuits) is important too as the healthy fats will help your skin appear more full. Keeping hydrated by drinking lots of water can also help with circulation and preventing your skin from appearing dried out.
- Collagen Supplements – Collagen is the protein in our bodies essential for skin density and structure. The breakdown or lack of collagen is a major contributor to visible cellulite. A daily collagen supplement like Vida Glow, especially if you are in your late to mid-twenties when your body slows or stops producing collagen, can help to smooth and diminish visible cellulite. Vida Glow promotes your body to rebuild and repair the collagen fibres and tighten loose skin, helping it to appear less bumpy. Vida Glow will also help with hydrating your skin and helping it appear firm.
- Exercise – Moving your body daily with a combination of cardio and weight bearing exercise is essential for reducing cellulite. Exercise will aid in improving circulation, reducing body fat and toning the areas of the lower body where cellulite is often visible.
- Tanning – Cellulite is often less noticeable on darker skin, so a healthy amount of natural sunshine or some tanning cream/fake tans can help cover up cellulite.
My final word of advice, is don't stress about it! Try what you can to naturally reduce cellulite, but a small amount of bumpy skin isn't the end of the world.