October is almost here. The days of hitting the beach or pool in your scandalous “it’s not too small…right?” bikini are long gone. Fall is in full force, and you’re feeling good and looking great in your oversized 70’s inspired sweater – that is until your friends spring a last minute weekend trip to a hip destination spa. There, between om'ing and liquid meals, you’re forced to confront the fact that, alas, you have cellulite.
Cellulite. Ugh. Skinny women have it, women who struggle with their weight have it, and even men have it. We all universally share in a dimply fatty tissue problem commonly found along the thigh and butt area. But what is cellulite - besides that dimpled fleshy flesh we all despise? How can you get rid of cellulite naturally?
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is essentially fat. Joy. When an area of the body loses muscle, and becomes weak, the muscle fibers start to move away from the skin. This causes stagnant areas (that have built up fat) to show, blood flow to become more restricted, and excess fluid to sit in problem areas. Thus, cellulite is born, bringing with it a soft cottage cheese look, and making you want to wear jeans year round.
Cellulite is not dependent on body shape or size, and can happen to anyone. So, how do you get rid of cellulite? Hint, lipo is not the answer.
1. Get Pumped!
Since cellulite can be caused by loss of muscle, you might need to renew the gym membership and get sweaty to begin your battle! Focus on cardio, like running, which will help burn fat and build muscle. Create a workout routine that targets cellulite prone areas. Include sets of lunges, squats, and leg lifts to strengthen and tone. For a list of exercises that combat cellulite, click here.
2. Fight Cellulite with Coffee Scrub
Stimulating cellulite problem areas helps increase blood flow, break up fat deposits, and smooth out skin. Use an organic coffee scrub to naturally and gently soothe cellulite prone areas. The antioxidant properties found in coffee will help protect the skin, block collagen deterioration, and give your skin a youthful boost. Coffee’s natural anti-inflammatory elements stimulate blood flow and promote circulation, which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. Scrub for 5 to 10 minutes every other day, targeting cellulite prone areas, to help smooth out skin and prevent cellulite from reforming. Organic coffee scrub can also help with other skin issues like stretch marks.
3. Skip the Chips
…and overly salted food for that matter! Focus on eating foods rich in vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties. Foods like broccoli are rich in alpha lipoic, which helps keep collagen and skin healthy and supple. Banish toxins and keep hydrated with plenty of water to ensure fluids flush out and don’t build up. Oranges and citrus fruit not only keep you full of antioxidants with vitamin C, they also contain methoxylated bioflavonoids that aid in circulation. Find more healthy cellulite fighting foods here.
4. Fight Fat with Good Fat
Boost your body’s healthy fatty acids with plenty of Omega-3’s. Omega-3 fats are found in nuts, leafy greens, fish, and other common foods. They help prevent heart disease, and aid the function of hormones that regulate arteries, blood clots, and inflammation. Adding the right kind of fats to your diet could actually help prevent build up of the wrong kinds.
5. Sleep Tight
Skipping out on sleep wont just have you reaching for another cup of coffee, it will also affect your skin’s health. Studies show that poor sleepers are more likely to experience reduction in skin elasticity and skin rejuvenation. Ensuring you get a good night’s sleep will keep your skin in optimal health - helping to fight cellulite build up.
Cellulite happens, and it pretty much happens to all of us. Try these cellulite fighting tips, and never be afraid of bathing suits at unexpected times again!