“Cellulite is the natural herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling and nodularity, often on the pelvic region (specifically the buttocks), lower limbs, and abdomen.”
Cellulite is a completely natural occurrence, that most of us (female and male) will experience at some point in our lives, but for some reason we have an obsession with ridding ourselves of it. If we look at the amount that cellulite ‘treatments’ appear in the press, magazines and online, it would seem that it’s a problem that hasn’t been solved.
Furthermore, the endless (questionable) elaborate and often expensive medical procedures perhaps haven’t named a miracle cure as yet. So instead of throwing lots of cash and chemicals at our skin, why not try out some successful and more importantly, natural, home remedies. They probably won’t rid your skin completely of dimples, but they will contribute to balancing the connective tissue in the body and moving blood flow through the skin, while smoothing its appearance.
Detox baths claim to improve cellulite as they help to remove toxin build up from the body and skin. A detox bath is a natural way to draw out imbalances, while leaving the skin supple and soft.
During a detox bath, ingredients are dissolved into warm water in the tub, then soak! Effective ingredients to use in a detox bath include: Epsom salts, ginger, Himalayan salt or sea salt and essential oils such as eucalyptus.
A simple homemade coffee scrub can be beneficial in reducing cellulite as the massaging and exfoliation action benefits skin by stimulating lymph flow, while the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect on the skin. The scrub can be used 2 / 3 times a week on cellulite, as well as all over the rest of the body and face.
Make you own:
1/4 cup fresh coffee grounds
3 tbsp brown sugar
2/3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
Combine the ingredients to create a paste-like consistency and store in a glass jar.
It has been claimed that eating the ‘wrong’ kinds of fats can lead to the imbalance of the fatty acids that our bodies require to create smooth soft tissue – and in turn, smooth soft skin. Therefore there is some evidence that consuming the right kinds of healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids, can benefit the skin and aid in reducing cellulite production.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found readily in foods such as fish and flaxseed, and in dietary supplements, such as fish oil. The three main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Dry Body Brushing
Not only does dry body brushing help stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body, but it feels great and leaves the skin glowing. Dry skin brushing opens up the pores, while exfoliating away dead skin, leaving a smooth, soft complexion. Your skin (and cellulite) will benefit from daily brushing and the ideal opportunity is just before a shower or bath – never brush wet skin.
Brush in long, sweeping motions – always towards the heart. Begin at the feet, moving up the legs, then work from the arms toward your chest. For the stomach, work in a clockwise direction. Pay attention to stubborn areas on thighs or bottom, but don’t brush too hard and avoid brushing back and forth – the skin should feel invigorated and stimulated, but never irritated or sore.
Choose a wooden or bamboo brush, with natural, non-synthetic bristles.
Gelatin is a protein product derived from collagen and is largely composed of amino acids glycine and proline. Found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals, most of us do not consume these amino acids nowadays.
The various skin benefits in consuming gelatin include:
– Supports skin regrowth
– Can help tighten loose skin
– Claims to improve cellulite and its appearance
– Is a great source of dietary collagen (as opposed to the kind found in skin creams which isn’t as effectively absorbed by the skin)