At-Home Remedies for Cellulite
Cellulite is completely normal and nothing to be ashamed of. At the same time, it is okay if you want to get rid of it. So, how can you go about doing so? With these seven at-home remedies for cellulite.
You may have seen this one coming. While you can in no way spot reduce, exercise can add more lean muscle to your body and help eliminate pesky fat. In turn, this may reduce cellulite, helping you have more toned and smooth legs.
Some great exercises to include in your at-home workout program (which may vary depending on your fitness level and abilities) include:
- Bulgarian split squats.
- Leg abduction.
The goal is to gain muscle that will burn more than fat.
2. Collagen Supplements
In 2015, researchers found that people who took collagen peptides for six months had improved the appearance of their cellulite. In fact, collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body. It helps maintain the elasticity of the skin. Since aging is thought to destroy the collagen found within the skin, taking supplements may help repair this damage and create the appearance of smoother skin.
However, it is important to note that this (and exercise) isn’t a quick-fix solution by any means. Both methods take time and consistent effort to see results.
3. Dry Brushing
This is easy to do at home! Dry brushing involves the use of a loofah or body brush to stimulate cellular growth, remove dead skin cells and encourage lymph drainage and blood flow. It may also require a helping hand (if your cellulite is in a hard-to-reach spot).
So, how do you do it? Grab your loofah or body brush and go across your skin in circular motions or long strokes. Start at the bottom of your body and make your way up. Do this for about five minutes, then shower or bath after to fully remove any dead skin.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Toxins can quickly build up in the body, especially if you aren’t supporting detoxification via your diet and lifestyle choices. Apple cider vinegar can support detoxification, which may improve the appearance of cellulite.
Furthermore, it can play a role in weight loss. Many studies note that drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day may help you lose weight and body fat. With reduced body fat, the appearance of cellulite might be less obvious.
Massage may help loosen the connective tissue that causes the dimpled appearance of fat. You don’t have to pay top dollar for this either. Via self-massage, such as foam rolling, you can easily deliver an effective massage that is comparable to any massage clinic or salon.
It’s thought that massage, or foam rolling, can help reduce cellulite further by improving blood flow. This may lead to increased collagen production, and it can prevent elastin breakdown.
6. Weight Loss
The truth is that those with excess fat are more likely to have noticeable cellulite (but don’t panic, as those with a healthy body weight can even have cellulite). Before starting any weight loss regime, it is important to discuss your options with your doctor and determine if it is right for you.
Weight loss frequently involves a combination of factors, especially if you want to sustain it. It may depend on making exercise changes, altering your diet and finding ways to reduce stress. The key is to find something that you can sustain and do for the rest of your life. Often, fad diets or restrictive diets are temporary solutions and are not sustainable, leading to the dreaded yo-yo effect.
There is some evidence that indicates caffeine may improve cellulite when applied topically. However, others also claim that green tea may help improve cellulite due to its antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties, which may reduce cellular damage and improve inflammation leading to cellulite.
At the end of the day, cellulite isn’t a health issue. Instead of focusing on aesthetics, it may be best to focus on simply improving your health through small lifestyle changes. This way, you won’t only look better, but you will feel better overall and live a long, healthy and happy life!
- Healthline (What Is Cellulite and How Can You Treat It?)
- PubMed Central (Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology)
- Shape (Easy Home Remedies for Cellulite)
- Cleveland Clinic (The Truth About Dry Brushing and What It Does for You)