Cellulite – sub-dermal fat stores which give skin a signature ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘orange peel’ texture that makes women cringe and reach for jeans instead of shorts – is usually due to a number of factors. Some people have a genetic predisposition for cellulite. For others there may be hormonal issues at work. Poor diet, smoking, frequent and extended periods of sitting or standing in one place, and poor circulation are also common contributors.
While there are many expensive chemical and surgical solutions that offer faster results, there are also a good many inexpensive natural remedies that will either drastically reduce the appearance of cellulite or rid your body of this unwanted fat altogether.
1. STAY HYDRATEDIt’s a fact that if you aren’t giving it enough water to work with, your body won’t be able to effectively break down cellulite. For this reason alone, keeping yourself hydrated is rule number one when it comes to getting rid of ‘bumpy fat.’ As if that weren’t enough, remember that there could potentially be a large amount of toxins stowed away in your fat cells. When cellulite is broken down, any chemical contaminants that are stored there will be released back into your body. In order to flush these toxins out, it is absolutely critical to drink plenty of water.
2. DRY BRUSHOnce you’ve got your water intake down, try dry brushing to eliminate cellulite. This method is considered by many to be the most effective natural remedy for this purpose. In some cases, women saw a significant reduction in the appearance of cellulite after only a month. Dry brushing works by opening up pores and removing dead skin, thus helping to cleanse the body by allowing toxins to exit more freely. This method also improves circulation and stimulates collagen production, leading to stronger and smoother skin.
Basic guidelines for dry brushing are as follows:
– Use natural semi-firm bristled brushes like these from Sublime Beauty.
– Always brush toward the heart. On the stomach, brush counter-clockwise.
– Make your strokes firm enough to stimulate the skin, but not so hard as to cause irritation.