How to stop cellulite
Cellulite - that dimpled looking skin on the tummy, thighs and butt. Most of us are familiar with it, but none of us like it. There are genetic, hormonal and lifestyle factors that attribute to the appearance of cellulite. There’s no magic solution to make it completely disappear, but you can reduce its appearance. Start eating a sensible diet that includes plenty of water (when skin loses water, cellulite bumps appear more obvious, so cut back on food and drinks that contain salt and caffeine which dehydrate) – and follow these strategies for a super-smooth bod.
1. Body brushing
Body brushing increases circulation and lymph flow. This helps prevent water retention and puffiness, aids in toxin removal, helps treat cellulite and keeps the skin super-smooth. It’s easy to body brush at home. Choose a large, soft bristle brush and lightly brush in an upward direction from ankle to the back of the knee, then from knee to groin to the lymph nodes. Always use light pressure with upward movements towards the heart, following with the hand. If you’re not into using a brush, you could also use a body scrub.
Make your own body scrub
This DIY recipe makes use of firming caffeine, nourishing sesame oil and purifying eucalyptus.
Makes 1 1/2 cups, enough for three treatments
- 1/2 cup finely grained sea salt
- 1/2 cup finely ground coffee beans
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon (about 20 drops) eucalyptus essential oil
In a small bowl, mix the salt, coffee, and sesame and eucalyptus oils. Use the scrub in the shower while standing out of your showerhead's reach. Massage it into damp skin with long, firm, semicircular movements. Take your time in order to activate the ingredients. Rinse well.
Massage stimulates circulation and healthy blood flow, which will help when it comes to budging cellulite.
Step 1: Take a hot, steamy shower or bath for at least 10 minutes.
Step 2: When muscles are warmed up, massage your body with long, flowing strokes using a body lotion or oil. Keep the movements slow and deliberate and work towards your heart. Keep working on the area of skin until it feels warmer. Starting with your feet, work up your legs and buttocks (using circular movements). Massage each of your hands, working your thumbs into the fleshy part of each palm. Finish with long strokes along your arms to your heart.
Step 3: Slip into some comfy clothes and lie down in a darkened room with no distractions. If you can drift off to sleep for an hour, you’ll feel even better.
3. Zap problem zones
Using a strong shower jet, zap problem zones, such as your bottom. With your shower nozzle, work over your skin in circular motions to kick-start your circulation and move toxins. Switch from hot to cold water to get the maximum benefits.
4. Fake a tan
This is a quick fix that can reduce the appearance of cellulite by evening out your skin tone. Here’s the how-to-do guide:
- Always do a patch test first.
- Exfoliate your skin.
- If you have really dry skin, apply a body moisturiser.
- Apply from the feet up in long massaging motions, using the fake tan sparingly on feet, elbows and knees.
- Wash hands immediately to avoid orange palms. (If you’re caught orange-handed, wash your hands with a scrub that contains alpha hydroxy acids.)
- Wear loose clothing and wait at least four hours before coming into contact with white clothes, good furniture or sheets.
1. Body brushing in a salon is very relaxing. The therapist works from the feet towards the head both on your front and back in a very slow rhythmical motion. This soothes the sensory nerve endings, induces total relaxation and increases lymph flow.
2. Manual lymph drainage also stimulates lymph flow and is one of the most effective ways to treat cellulite. The light, rhythmic pumping massage aids in the elimination of lymph fluids without increasing blood flow. It can be done twice a week or daily for best results.
3. Marine algae body treatments detoxify, increase circulation and elimination in the skin and help breakdown fatty, bumpy deposits.
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This article was originally written by BellaMumma for Kidspot.com.au and has been edited for Kidspot.co.nz