Cellulite is a medical condition frequent in women after puberty in which the skin appears to have areas with subcutaneous fat deposits that give it a dimple or orange-peel like appearance. It can affect your abdomen, hips, tights and buttocks. We have to bear in mind that even thin people can have cellulite because everybody has layers of fat under the skin.
The main causes of cellulite are stress, dehydration, bad lifestyle habits (smoking, not practicing any sport, sitting for long periods of time), hormone changes, unhealthy diet (eating too much fat, carbohydrates, salt and too little fiber), genetics (certain genes may predispose an individual to some characteristics related to cellulite, as slow metabolism or circulatory insufficiency) and wearing tight clothing (as it reduces blood flow). Therefore, a healthy diet and lifestyle will help us to prevent the appearance of this condition.
Furthermore, here we have some home remedies to get rid of cellulite:
1. Dry brushing
This method helps to stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body and stimulates cell renewal and tighter skin. Dry brushing can be done daily, even twice a day, and remember: your skin should be dry when you brush it (for example, before taking a shower).
- Brush your skin daily (even twice a day). The brush should be made of natural bristles (preferably vegetable-derived and stiff, but not too hard).
- Brush towards the heart, make long sweeps (avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular movements) and don’t brush too hard (skin should only be stimulated, not irritated).
- Start at your feet, then continue with the legs on both sides, and afterward go from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, brush counterclockwise.
2. Coffee scrub
Massages and exfoliation benefit your skin by stimulating blood flow and the caffeine in the coffee have a tightening effect.
- ¼ cup coffee grounds.
- 3 tablespoons sugar/brown sugar.
- 2-3 tablespoons melted coconut oil.
- Mix the ingredients until the mixture has a paste-like consistency (if you are using unrefined coconut oil, note that it will harden when the mixture cools down).
- Store in a glass jar.
- Massage your skin for 2-3 minutes and wash as usual (do it 2-3 times a week; results should be visible in a couple of weeks).
3. Detox bath
This kind of baths may help to remove toxins that can lead to skin problems (such as cellulite). Here you have two recipes for detox bath:
a. Clay detox bath
- 1/2 cup bentonite clay.
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts.
- Essential oils (optional).
- DisEpsom the Epsom salts in hot water and add essential oils (optional).
- As for clay, there are two options:
+ mix the clay with a small amount of water until the clumps are dissolved. Do not use metal for this (use a plastic/wooden spoon in a glass jar, for example). Add this mix to the bath and soak for at least 20 minutes;
b. Salt detox bath
- ¼ cup sea salt/Himalayan salt.
- ¼ cup Epsom salt.
- ¼ cup baking soda.
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar.
- Essential oil (optional).
- Dissolve sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda in boiling water in a quart size jar and set aside. Fill the bathtub with hot water and add the apple cider vinegar. Add the salt mixture and the essential oils.
- Soak in bath for at least 30 minutes (note that with any detox bath, you may feel tired or lightheaded when you get out).
You should bear in mind that, just as detox baths may help remove toxins that can lead to skin problems, adding toxins to the skin (for example, with chemical beauty products) does not help much, so try using natural products for skin care and moisturizing (for example, coconut oil).
Another simple method to reduce cellulite is to practice sports using kettlebells, as they are one of the most effective ways to build muscle and burn fat.