The first thing to learn about cellulite is that it is completely normal. Over 93% of women have it and no matter what the ads tell us, it is nothing to be ashamed of. It's ok to accept it, ignore it and it's also ok to want to get rid of it. If you're in the latter category, read on.
Let's start with the bad news: you cannot get rid of cellulite at home. It's just not medically possible. You can, however, minimize it with some common remedies.
The appearance of cellulite is mostly genetic but can be managed by your lifestyle.
We list some tips to make cellulite a little less visible:
Hydration is vital because it favors adequate cellular metabolism. To maintain a good body function, 2 to 4 liters of liquid is necessary daily, and avoid carbonated drinks.
Add retinol cream to your routine
When you scan ads for firming creams, look for the word retinol. It won't cure cellulite -- nothing does. But it can improve your skin's look and texture.
Firstly, nutrition is very important and that means low sodium, varied, and healthy diet 80% of the time. 20% is there for you to enjoy an occasional treat.
Vegetables are highly recommended to counteract the effects of this condition. Aubergine, cucumber, tomato or onion can never be missing from the diet. Cereals, rice or bread are also recommended, as long as they are wholemeal.
Physical activity is important
Physical activity is indispensable because it enables the development of the muscles and prevents the accumulation of excess fat.
Furthermore, an active life favors circulation, and helps avoid fluid retention.
Dry brushing is key
Topical products (creams and lotions) will need to be enhanced with manual massages that seek to prevent the deposit of liquids in the affected area and promote lymphatic drainage.
But you don't need to spend a fortune. Dry brushing at home on daily basis is very important. You can dry brush for 5 minutes before jumping into the shower in the morning. It will help improve the appearance of the skin and help lymphatic drainage.
Reduce your total body fat
Cellulite is made up of fat deposits under your skin, and although this type of fat is not harmful to your health, many women don’t like the look of it. The best way to reduce the appearance of cellulite is to reduce the amount of total fat on your body.
Every cigarette you smoke affects the blood supply to your skin. It gets thinner and more likely to sag. This makes the cellulite on your arms, thighs, and bottom more visible. Ask your doctor which stop-smoking method is best for you.