While cellulite is perfectly natural, most of us will admit we want to see it gone for good
Although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, most women want to know how to get rid of cellulite. It can be hard to shift, but the first step to banishing it is to understand how it forms in the first place.
It’s estimated that about 90% of women will experience cellulite at some stage in their life, with the most common causes charted as 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 those who lead a non-active lifestyle are thought to be at higher risk.
Genetics also play a key part, as certain genes are required for cellulite formation. So the chances are, if your mum has had cellulite, at some point you will too. Thanks, mum.
Should I use a body brush on cellulite?
Body brushing has long been hailed as an effective method of minimising the look of cellulite.
A recent study that aired as part of BBC documentary The Truth About Looking Good found that, over a five week period, body brushing was significantly more effective than toning exercises and some of the best cellulite cream.
It’s thought that dry body brushing works because it pushes the subcutaneous fat away from the surface of the skin, discouraging the orange peel appearance so many of us know and love.
A sturdy brush made from natural cactus bristles, like Elemis’s, will not only help improve your circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite but can also exfoliate your skin simultaneously. Win-win situation.
How to get rid of cellulite on thighs, legs and bum
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.
You can increase the blood flow in your thighs by massaging your legs. Use a body brush at least three times a week and then rub oil into your skin afterwards.
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.
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.’
How to get rid of cellulite from stomach
Drink lots of water. If you start drinking more than 2 litres of water daily, you’ll reduce your cellulite faster – because dehydration will exacerbate your existing cellulite. When you wake up, drink half a litre of water with lemon, then continue to drink throughout the day.
You should also consider a few diet changes to help get rid of cellulite; 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.
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.