Short or tall, thin or not—cellulite is not selective when it comes to body type. Nine out of ten women have some form of cellulite! The causes of cellulite are numerous and include genetics, poor diet, lack of exercise, dehydration, hormonal changes, thickness of skin and body fat.
Since cellulite ultimately can affect each and every one of us, what is there to do about it, if anything? Creams and lotions designed for battling cellulite can be expensive and their results unclear. But do not despair! These at-home DIY cellulite remedies can help those dimples, lumps and bulges that appear on our thighs, bottom and abdomen—and they won’t leave a dimple in your wallet!
Water intake is crucial for helping alleviate the signs of cellulite. When we are hydrated, our skin plumps up and the dimples are less noticeable. Try to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Need a little excitement in your water consumption? Try these infused waters and vitamin-infused beauty waters to help liven up your water bottles.
A healthy diet is essential to not only how we feel, but it can help or hurt our cellulite-prone areas. Too much salt and you will retain fluid. Too much sugar and it will be stored in our fat cells, causing them to expand. So look for healthy recipes that limit salt and sugar.
Are you thinking I’m going to give you the green light on drinking coffee? Not exactly. While drinking coffee can deplete our tissues of fluid, applying coffee topically can actually help fight cellulite. Coffee can tone tissues, and also help with the toxin buildup which is one cause of cellulite.
This recipe for Cellulite Coffee Scrub is perfect if you are staying away from caffeine, but need a little sensory pick-me-up in the morning.
Cellulite Coffee Scrub
- ½ cup ground coffee
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ cup olive oil
Combine all of the dry ingredients first and then fold in the olive oil. Store in a covered jar in the shower. A few times a week scrub in small circular motions on the areas you have cellulite.
Once you’ve scrubbed with those coffee beans, add a little moisture to those problem areas with this Caffeinated Butter Bar. It will decrease the appearance of cellulite and help your skin stay hydrated.
We aren’t finished just yet with coffee! These Coconut Coffee Cubes are another great treatment in battling cellulite, combining caffeine and cold, great for increased circulation and toxin flushing.
Getting rid of toxins that are stored in our tissues is a necessary way to combat cellulite. This Two-Day Beauty Detox Guide is fantastic for jump-starting a clean-eating program and it will help flush pollutants—not just from cellulite, but from all over your body.
Exercise can do wonders to help with the appearance of cellulite. When we tone and strengthen our muscles, we are helping the overall appearance of our body. And more specifically, we are toning the muscles beneath those difficult and lumpy areas.
6. Dry Brushing
Just like detoxifying internally can help flush pollutants from our body, dry brushing externally helps flush toxins that build up in cellulite deposits. Dry brushing can also help deposit fat more evenly. Using a dry brush made of natural bristles, make slow motions in the direction toward your heart. A longer handle will help with hard to reach areas. Since this is a lymphatic draining, the pressure of the brush stroke should be medium or light, never painful. This can be done several times a week, even daily.
7. Icelandic Anti-Cellulite Body Treatment
This chilly anti-cellulite body treatment helps increase circulation, moving toxins away from the cellulite and out of our bodies.
8. Tomato Paste
Lycopene can help prevent the breakdown in collagen that leads to cellulite. As we know, tomatoes are full of lycopene—but it’s even more concentrated in paste form. Some experts recommend eating a couple tablespoons a day to prevent and treat cellulite.
9. Boost Circulation
Green tea and ginkgo biloba are both known to increase circulation, which helps create healthier skin, more uniform skin texture, and better transfer of stored fat from cellulite to muscle tissue, where it can be burned. Try this refreshing iced green tea and chia drink—it also works as a face mask!
Try a few of these simple and inexpensive remedies at home to fight the war on cellulite. Do you have any additional tried-and-true DIY cellulite remedies you’d like to share?