Is your cellulite giving you sleepless nights? Do you cringe when your girl pals plan a sea side vacation? You are worried about those ugly dimpled bumps and lumps on your thighs when you slip into the bikini? Fret not, help is at bay! Cellulite is a free-floating fat cells or normal fat that deposits under the skin. It is commonly found in areas like thighs, legs, stomach and buttocks, caused when fat deposits of these areas push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin. Cellulites are not harmful, it also doesn’t mean one is overweight but spotting cottage cheese skin may not be a pretty sight for most women. Unfortunately, even thin people can have it. Cellulite could also be due to poor diet, fad dieting, genetics, skin thickness, slow metabolism, hormonal changes, dehydration, total body fat and lack of physical exercise. Instead of going under the knife or embracing laser we suggest a few good home remedies to smoothen and tone the area and bid farewell to the nasty cellulite.
1. Coffee Scrub
Coffee can work wonders for cellulite. A scrub made out of ground coffee can improve blood circulation and provide exfoliation too. The amount of caffeine in the coffee can help tighten the skin making cellulite fade away. You can make a scrub by mixing coffee grounds, sugar and olive or coconut oil and scrub away using firm pressure for fine skin. You may do this thrice a week for good results.
2. Coffee Wrap
Do this wrap therapy twice a week for results. You may take half cup ground coffee and extra virgin olive oil and merge into a paste. Heat this mixture for a few seconds and apply the warm mixture over the cellulite and cover it with a plastic wrap. Leave it on for half an hour before rinsing with warm water.
3. Coconut Oil
This oil is excellent for skin inside out, it provides moisture and improves skin’s elasticity. You can massage the cellulite area with coconut oil as it helps decrease cellulite to a major extent and smoothens it as well.
4. Juniper Oil Massage
Juniper has detoxifying properties and reduces fluid retention. You can mix about 16 drops of juniper oil with ¼ cup of olive oil and massage the mixture on the area for a few minutes. Doing this twice a day will give you good results.
5. Apple cider vinegar
This one is a magic potion. Apple cider vinegar has minerals, potassium, magnesium and calcium that helps in flushing out toxins and water retention in the body. You can take one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water and a spoon of honey, mix it all up and massage this mixture on the cellulite. Leave it on for about half an hour and rinse.
Olive oil for meals and same for the body topically? Olive oil is a natural emollient that provides a long lasting shield of moisture to keep skin smooth and supple and helps in cellulite control.
7. Black Pepper
Black pepper burns fat, stimulates circulation, increases metabolism, and flushes toxins from the body. Extract containing tetrahydropiperine has the exclusive property of enhancing dermal permeation of the natural bioactives.
8. Dry brushing
This one is a rage in makeup and works for cellulite too! We are all aware dry brushing sloughs off dead skin cells and can improve blood circulation. A brush with natural bristles is all it takes meticulously in your leisure time and watch them fade over time.
9. Staying hydrated
Water is no secret to healthy, firm and smooth looking skin. If you are not hydrating enough it can make cellulite appear more prominent. Drinking 12 glasses of water each day besides treating yourself to water-rich fruits like watermelons, cucumbers, apples can do the trick.
Arent we all fans of therapeutic massages? Massage can be supremely relaxing, healthy and can help break the cellulite cells beneath the skin if done daily.
Herbs For Cellulite
A. Coleus Forskohlii
* Coleus forskohlii herb extract is derivative of the roots of Coleus Forskohlii. Powerful herb has an active ingredient in it called forskolin conditions the skin. It dislodges fat deposits beneath the skin and improves the skin elasticity and firmness.
* Boswellia extract supplemented with boswellic acid is clinically gauged for skin firming benefit. It improves skin elasticity and is anti-inflammatory.
C. Horse Chestnut
* Extract from Horse chestnut is clinically evaluated to strengthen blood vessels. It improves blood circulation and has anti-swelling and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces cellulite spread or visibility.
* Amaranthus extract is a rich source of squalene and vitamins. It helps the skin to maintain moisture content and make skin supple and firm.
Detox For Cellulite
Health Expert Pia Rai says, ‘ A detox drink works tremendously. Cayenne pepper burns fat, it naturally heats up the body, increases blood circulation and boosts metabolism besides helps get rid of bad skin cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite on thighs. You can put two teaspoons of cayenne pepper powder, one teaspoon of grated ginger and fresh-squeezed juice from one lemon to a glass of warm water, mix all well and drink up twice daily for a few months. Similarly, sea weed is a natural exfoliating agent, seaweed stimulates blood circulation, improves skin texture and flushes harmful toxins from the body and reduces the appearance of cellulite.
For this you can take five tablespoons of ground seaweed, one-fourth cup each of sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, a few drops of any kind of essential oil and mix it all up. Massage this mixture on the affected area for a few minutes before your shower. Do it once daily for a weeks to see a difference.’