Cellulite is one of the problems that afflicts many women these days. Based on the number of times cellulite treatments appear in women's magazines, websites and blogs, I guess this is a problem we have not yet solved. We have 9 great solutions to fight cellulite in a natural way.
Most sources agree that cellulite is caused by problems / imbalance in the connective tissue and fat in the body. But there are many theories as to what can cause this imbalance. It seems that all hormones, diet, lifestyle and genetics play a role. But nothing is absolute. While overweight people are more likely to get cellulite, many thin women also complain.
How to get rid of cellulite (natural)
Here are the natural remedies I have tried or suggested from reliable sources. Everyone needs to help balance the connective tissue / fat in the body and tackle the many possible causes. Either way, these things are beneficial and for other reasons, so they are worth a try! So let's go for an immediate and natural fight against cellulite!
1. Dry brushing
This is a treatment that may not have scientific evidence that it works, but that there is a lot of anecdotal support. Either way, it feels great and helps stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body. Here are some details:
How often: Brushing dry skin effectively opens the pores on your skin. This is something you can - and should - do every day, even twice a day. Your skin needs to be dry. So the ideal time is in the shower before turning on the water. Just a reminder, do not wet the brush.
Direction: You should only brush on the heart. When doing long scans, avoid back-and-forth, rubbing, and circular motions. Start with your feet, moving your feet on both sides and then. Exercise from the hands to your chest. On your stomach, point the brush counterclockwise. And, do not brush too hard: The skin should be toned and rejuvenated but not irritated or red.
Brush type: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic and preferably vegetable. The hairs themselves must be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attached handle for hard-to-reach places, if necessary.
In addition to removing dry skin in areas such as the knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes skin tightening, cell renewal and blood flow. It also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You will also notice a glowing, soft complexion.
It seems that a natural semi-hard hair brush with a handle (like this one) is better and I keep my own in the shower to use it daily just before the shower. Here is a tutorial video that explains the details:
2. Consumption of gelatin
Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline. Many people do not consume in sufficient quantities as found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we do not consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but also for optimal immune system function and weight regulation!
According to many sources (which I refer to in this article), the various health benefits of gelatin include:
Supports the growth of skin, hair and nails
Good for joints and can help restore joints
It can help tighten loose skin (like the type you have after four babies in five years…)
It can improve digestion as it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily through the digestive tract.
It is rumored to help fight cellulite
Great source of dietary collagen (note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so these skin creams are quite useless… take it inside and use coconut oil for lotion!)
A source of protein (though not spectacular), but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.
One theory is that reducing the amount of gelatin in our diets has led to an increase in cellulite, as we do not have the necessary building blocks for healthy connective tissue. In any case, it is another treatment that is good for other reasons and worth trying.
This is a brand of gelatin powder that I like and use, among many.
3. Myofascial massage
One theory is that cellulite forms in the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue beneath the skin that contains fat cells. The superficial fascia is fibrous and due to inactivity, injuries and improper exercise, adhesions (scar tissue) in the fascia can form contributing to the agglomerated or wavy appearance of the skin. Not only does the superficial fascia become more fibrous, denser and coarser, less flexible, but it can also adhere to underlying structures on which it usually slides.
Some anti-cellulite therapists are able to do a type of massage called myofascial massage or myovascular release, which normalizes this layer of connective tissue and obviously can also help with certain types of muscle and joint problems associated with fascia.
For those of us who do not have access to a regular massage, it seems that regular use of a deep tissue foam roller (like this) can also help a lot. My favorite tool is Myobuddy, a percussive hand massage and I use it several times a week for deep tissue massage. Also the use of cream the vegetable oil help a lot in even faster results!
4. Exfoliation with coffee
Coffee peels can also be beneficial in reducing cellulite. Massage and exfoliation benefit the skin by stimulating blood / lymph flow and caffeine in coffee has a firming effect. Pinterest is dotted with coffee scrubs and wraps that work to reduce cellulite and sagging skin, and like other treatments, it's worth a try. If nothing else, the coffee smells great and this scrub will lose the skin you will need:
- 1/4 cup of coffee
- 3 TBS sugar or brown sugar
- 2-3 TBS of melted coconut oil
What to do:
Combine the ingredients to create a paste-like paste (note that it will harden if cooled if you use raw coconut oil). Store in a glass jar.
I am using:
Massage on the skin for several minutes using constant pressure and wash as usual. Use 2-3 times a week. The results should be visible within a few weeks.
Kettlebells are one of my favorite ways to exercise and are especially good for the hips / thighs / buttocks / stomach areas (don't believe me? Do a kettlebell workout and let me know how your thighs feel the next day !)
Increasing blood flow to these areas can help fight cellulite and kettlebells are one of the most effective ways to build muscle and burn fat (both of which help minimize the appearance of cellulite). They are not expensive (I use them) and do not take up much storage space. Of course, you need to make sure there are no children nearby when you use them!
Another theory is that consuming the wrong types of fats leads to an imbalance of fatty acids that the body needs for smooth skin and tissues. There is some evidence that consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins will help reduce cellulite over time. Either way, omega-3 and fat-soluble vitamins are important for many other body functions, so it won't hurt to try it!
Personally, I take these fish oil capsules daily for skin health (and for many other reasons).
7. Detox baths
I like detox baths because they are relaxing, but another theory states that the accumulation of toxins in the tissues of the skin and fat leads to cellulite. I could not find scientific evidence to support the claim of toxins, but detox baths can relax and be great for the skin in other ways, so they are worth a try!
8. Moisturize naturally
Just as detox baths can help remove toxins that can lead to skin problems (and possibly cellulite), constantly adding toxins back to the skin in the form of beauty chemicals probably won't help much! If you have not already done so, try using natural options for skin care and hydration. Plain coconut oil will work as a moisturizer for all uses, but if you want to get a little more sophisticated, I have two great solutions for you:
9. Balancing hormones
It seems that many sources agree that hormones play a big role in the formation of cellulite (a reason that women usually get it and men do not) and that trying to get the right hormone balance can help fight cellulite. Even if you do not get rid of cellulite, balancing hormones helps in many other ways that are worth working on!
Here is my guide to natural hormone balancing.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Scott Soerries, MD, Family Physician and Director of Medicine at SteadyMD. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk to your doctor.