5 Tips for Reducing the Appearance of Cellulite
Let’s talk orange peel. Firstly, most women (80-90%) and even some men have cellulite at some point in their lives. It’s nothing to be embarrassed of and is a very natural part of how our highly evolved bodies function.
Cellulite is a very common, harmless skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. Cellulite is caused by a buildup of fat cells underneath the skin. Strong collagen fibers and membranes connect them to the skin. Over time, the fibers and membranes stretch or break down, and the fat cells grow. The compartments holding the fat cells get crowded, and the fibers pull down on the skin. That's what creates the uneven surface of cellulite.
Some women are more predisposed to it than others. The amount of cellulite you have and how noticeable it is can be based on your genes, body fat percentage, and age. The thickness of your skin also affects the appearance of cellulite. It’s not something you can spot reduce or suck away but there are ways to improve the appearance of cellulite. Read on to find out how!
Factors that Worsen the Appearance of Cellulite
You're more likely to develop cellulite when you're in a high-estrogen state like pregnancy, during your menstrual cycle or from taking hormone medications like the pill.
Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be linked to a person's speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, ethnicity, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.
As you age, your skin loses elasticity, you experience swings in hormone levels that affect your collagen production and skin health deteriorates which can make the appearance of cellulite more evident.
- Weight changes
- Poor nutrition
- Lack of muscle tone
- Poor skin health
Tips for Reducing the Appearance of Cellulite
Eat foods high in vitamin C (grapefruit or guavas). This repairs collagen, boosts metabolism and keeps you hydrated which can all assist in improving the appearance of cellulite. Foods like avocados and leafy greens are packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that help with skin elasticity and boost circulation. Amino acids and proteins found in chicken and other lean meats are essential for healthy connective tissue and collagen production. Eating this way can also lower inflammation and prevent water retention, which could also lessen your cellulite's appearance.
You cannot get rid of cellulite from exercise alone. Though, losing body fat and gaining muscle mass may help to reduce its appearance. Some common aerobic exercises that boost circulation include walking and running. Muscle building and toning exercises for cellulite include squats, lunges and deadlifts.
Drinking water is another easy option that may help with cellulite. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but water also helps encourage circulation and lymphatic flow. Staying hydrated can also help alleviate water retention. How much water, exactly? More than 3 liters of water a day can help you get rid of cellulite very quickly. Adding 2-3 lemons can give you an added detoxification boost. As soon as you wake up in the morning, drink half a liter of water and drink the rest throughout the day.
4.Take a good collagen supplement
If you’re not getting enough essential nutrients that help boost collagen production, improve circulation and aid in natural detoxification, you may benefit from adding collagen-boosting foods or supplements to your diet. Bone broth and chicken skin are great dietary sources of collagen. Can’t manage? Try the Olio Store’s Premium Collagen Granules. It’s made from pure bovine collagen and can be added to your morning cuppa joe.
5.Massage & Body Brushing
Lymphatic drainage massaging is a technique that may promote circulation and remove fluid build-up to temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite. When used in conjunction with a dry body brush, you’ve got a recipe for success! Dry brushing is a method of gently exfoliating your skin using a special firm-bristled brush. Some people use it as part of their skin routine to try to restore firmness, get rid of dry skin flaking, and encourage blood flow to certain areas of the body.
The Olio Store’s Natural Bristle Dry Body Brush is made from hard wearing beechwood and natural bristles allowing you a professional salon body brushing experience in your own home. Best used dry, dry body brushing improves the appearance of the skin and also benefits the body below the surface of the skin. Without regular exfoliating, dead skin cells can build up, causing the skin to appear dull, dry and flaky. Exfoliating them away encourages the skin to glow and appear brighter and healthier, plus it helps to prevent blocked pores which can lead to blemishes, breakouts and ingrown hairs.
Dry body brushing also encourages blood flow to the skin, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen and stimulates the removal of toxins from the body via lymphatic drainage. It will also help to reduce the appearance of and prevent the development of cellulite, making the skin firmer and more toned.
Cellulite is simply a cosmetic concern and has no known negative health effects. Cellulite rarely causes symptoms and, in some cases, may be so mild that it's barely noticeable. Include these helpful tips in your daily routine and all that’s left to do is own it, dimples and all!