As I’ve previously written, I read in a Telegraph article that how to get rid of cellulite “is googled every .71 seconds.” That means that tons of the 80- to 90-percent of women (and almost no men) are trying to determine how to remove cellulite. Most doctors (and retailers) will tell you that there is no way to really get rid of cellulite, so when we talk about how to get rid of cellulite fast, we are talking about ways to reduce the appearance of it.
What Is Cellulite?
Before we delve into how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, you should understand what it is. Fitness Magazine reminds us that cellulite “is more than skin-deep…[it] is pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of tissue...that are under your skin.” Fitness also points out that size is not a factor in determining who does and doesn’t get cellulite, though “the more body fat you have, the more likely you are to...have significant dimpling. But even skinny women have some fat between their muscles and skin [which is] all it takes for cellulite to happen.”
How Do I Get Rid Of It?
Fitness brings it hard with the good news that there are ways to “temporarily minimize your lumps and bumps” that include hitting the gym, scaling back and getting to a healthy weight and strengthening your skin, but they also say “don’t get sucked into trying lipo” because it’s expensive, not guaranteed to work and may even exacerbate the problem down the line. (Read that as you should be focusing on how to get rid of cellulite naturally.)
So, let’s get into it.
Exercise, even if it doesn’t necessarily ensure the removal of cellulite, it is good for the body overall and may help in keeping tendons and connective tissue strong. Prevention Magazine lists lunges, plie squats with heel raises, calf raises, hip bridges and lifts, straight leg deadlifts and hamstring curls (all great strength training moves) as the best thing to actually make cellulite disappear.
Though both heavy and thin women experience cellulite equally, Cosmo says that “a healthy diet plays an important role in keeping the signs of cellulite at bay.” Eating high sodium foods, they say, will cause water retention, which, in turn, will cause fat cells to swell, making cellulite appear more pronounced. Instead, keep a diet high in fiber and whole grain foods because they promote the removal of waste and toxins from the intestines. Eat fruits and veggies--because they’re good for you. And drink lots of water.
Pay attention to your skin. Whether it's through massage, brushing, exfoliation or moisturizing...stronger skin absolutely helps minimize the appearance of cellulite. There are a number of helpful blogs available on this site that outline the best cellulite brushes, rollers, massagers and creams out there. All of them useful in helping strengthen skin and promoting circulation and the release of toxins--all of which are necessary to help reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulite.
All of the above do require some work and commitment on your part. But if you’re looking to get rid of cellulite fast, Cosmo recommends wearing compression workout pants to help promote circulation and using self-tanner to camouflage your trouble spots.
There Are Also Home Remedies.
Outside of what is listed above, you can also try some fun home remedies for cellulite. If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of cellulite naturally, Doctor Oz suggests the following:
Seaweed treatments. Seaweed is a natural exfoliant that will help stimulate circulation and flush toxins--these two things are the key to reducing the appearance of cellulite. Try mixing powdered seaweed with clay, lime juice and honey.
Tomato paste. Eat it, don’t wear it. Tomato paste is high in lycopene--even more than you would get from biting into a fresh tomato. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been long-thought to help prevent collagen breakdown. Strong collagen will keep the fat layer under your skin from showing through.
Staying hydrated. Eight ounces of water per day is recommended, but, if you can, drink half your weight in fluid ounces. The more water you consume, the more plump and radiant the skin will look, rather than looking dimpled.
Dry brushing. Doctor Oz says, “Using a brush made with fairly stiff, natural fibers, brush your skin upward toward the heart in long sweeps. This buffs away dead skin, boosts circulation and helps lymphatic drainage, plumping the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite.”
Load up on flaxseed. Flaxseed supports collagen growth, which strengthens the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite. The seeds are good on their own, but also taste great in breads, cereal and yogurt.
Don’t Forget the Coffee!
Another home remedy that might interest you, especially if you are specifically interested in how to get rid of cellulite on thighs, is coffee. Women’s Health Mag tested DIY beauty tips, and this was one; they suggested. They mixed ¼ cup ground coffee and three tablespoons hot water to form a paste, then they mixed the paste with two tablespoons of olive oil. To use this, they say to cleanse your problem areas (thighs) in a warm shower , then turn off the water and apply the scrub, massaging in a circular motion for a few minutes. Rinse again with warm water to remove residue, pat dry and follow with moisturizer (or a cellulite cream, if you’re feeling froggy).
In Summary, Circulation is KEY!
In all of these remedies, the key is stimulating circulation. Increasing circulation helps, as we’ve said many times in this article, to smooth the rumpled look of cellulite.
Do you have any tried and true remedies or ideas of how to get rid of cellulite? Please share them in the comments below.