How to get rid of cellulite: The ultimate guide

Want to get rid of cellulite? You'll be dimple-free with these top tips in no time

Want to know how to get rid of cellulite once and for all? We’ve got some top tips, treatment recommendations and diet suggestions that should see you dimple-free in no time at all. Stubborn cellulite can be hard to shift. But, the first step to banishing cellulite once and for all is to understand how it forms in the first place.

Firstly, you’re not alone. It’s thought that around 90% of women will experience cellulite at some stage in their life. The most common causes of the lumps and bumps that are usually located around the thigh and bottom area are hormonal, diet and lifestyle. Cellulite formation is thought to be linked to oestrogen, insulin and prolactin hormones. Fat, salt and carbohydrate-rich diets are also associated with cellulite. And smokers, as well as those who lead a non-active lifestyle, are thought to be at higher risk. Genetics also plays a key part. Certain genes are required for cellulite formation. So the chances are, if your mum has had cellulite, at some point you will too.

How to get rid of cellulite naturally

Lifestyle factors are the easiest to target. Cutting down or quitting smoking will not only cut your risk of developing cellulite but boost your health overall, as will leading a more active lifestyle. ‘Sit on the edge of your seat for better circulation and to help prevent build-up of toxins,’ says Marcia Cross, founder of Bliss. ‘For an added incentive, throw away any shorts that are long enough to forgive flabby thighs, and you’ll be forced into anti-cellulite action.’

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How to get rid of cellulite from changing your diet

You should also consider a few diet changes to help get rid of cellulite. The first thing you should do is increase your water intake, because dehydration will exacerbate your existing cellulite. You should also watch your sodium intake (salt encourages your fat cells to swell, making them more pronounced) and eat plenty of detoxifying fibre-rich and whole-grain foods. ‘It’s a breakdown of the underlying girdle of collagen in the thighs,’ says Marcia. ‘This then allows over-sized fat cells to poke through more readily, creating a bulging, orange-peel look.’ Exercise and diet reduce the size of the fat cells and drinking lots of water will make the collagen stay supple.

Cellulite products

There are also a number of beauty products that can help you to get rid of cellulite. So if you’re looking for the best cellulite cream, look no further. We love the bliss Fat Girl Slimulator, £16.50, Ocado, which encourages cellulite to shift by waking up surface circulation and moving fat-trapping fluids. Simply massage problem areas in a circular motion. This massage motion will also improve the general tone of your skin, so it’s a great pre-holiday skin prep. Mio’s super-hydrating Shrink to Fit Cellulite Smoother, £35, Mio, is another great cellulite-shifter. Again it’s all about the massage technique to achieve results. Apply using firm upward motions to problem areas for increased tone and texture.

How to get rid of cellulite fast

If you want to get rid of cellulite fast, you might consider a salon-based treatment. Cellcosmet Swiss Anti-Cellulite Treatment is a one hour 15-minute treatment (£150) which provides exfoliation to activate lipolysis and lymphatic drainage massage to encourage circulation and rid the body of toxin build up. The massage is performed using anti-cellulite oil, created with a blend of active essential oils and an anti-cellulite mask for problem areas.

So there you have it. Some at-home and in-salon tips to get rid of cellulite, from healthy eating to beauty therapy. However, you could always follow model Ashley Graham’s approach to cellulite. Remember when Ashley posted this selfie with cellulite to Instagram? And embrace your beautiful body as it is, lumps and bumps and all… These badass women are changing the way we think about our bodies too.

How to get rid of cellulite on legs

The most effective way to get rid of cellulite on your legs is to do exercise. Try thigh raises, high kicks, sitting against the wall and pony kicks. These all use your leg muscles, which burns off cellulite.


How to get rid of cellulite

How to get rid of cellulite on thighs

Increase the blood flow in your thighs by massaging your legs. Use a massage brush at least three times a week and then rub oil into your skin afterwards.

How to get rid of cellulite on arms

Consume foods that are high in nutrients: whole grains, beans, lean meats, fish, low-fat dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Try and do arm weights each morning too. They don’t have to be heavy – a 1kg weight will do the trick. Hold your arms out to your side and rotate backwards in small circles for 1 minute. Then, rotate your arms forwards for 1 minute.

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How to get rid of cellulite on stomach

Drink lots of water. If you start drinking more than 2 litres of water daily, you’ll reduce your cellulite faster. When you wake up, drink half a litre of water with lemon. Then, continue to drink throughout the day.

How to get rid of cellulite on your bum

Never underestimate the power of a squat. Yes, they’re time consuming. Yes, they hurt, But yes, they do the job. Make sure you’re doing your squat right.

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Don’t forget that if your body confidence is taking a hit thanks to those lumps and bumps, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 women will experience it, too.

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