If you’re a women and breathing, chances are you know what cellulite is but you may not know how to get rid of it fast. So let’s talk about it.
First let’s make sure we’re on the same page about what cellulite actually is and is not. Cellulite is a very common, harmless skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. The condition is most prevalent in women.
What is Cellulite & Is It Harmful?
“Cellulite” is ordinary fat, but ordinary fat that affects the appearance of the skin. Rather, cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots, as well). Kind of like jello pushing through netting.
Women tend to have cellulite more often than men because they have a vertical pattern of collagen in the underlying layer that holds the fat cells, and when the fat cells become very large, they bulge out of the chambers and appear as cellulite.
In men, the pattern of collagen is tighter, in a diagonal pattern, and they have thicker skin, so there is less bulging of the individual fat cells.
Another factor in cellulite is high levels of estrogen, since this hormone has a direct effect on the holding capacity of fat cells. Poor diet, bad circulation, and poor lymphatic circulation can all contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
First Steps to Get Rid of Cellulite Fast
There are several extra steps you can take for the treatment of cellulite. But the bottom line is that treating cellulite requires a three-pronged approach — shrink the fat cells, regenerate collagen and strengthen the skin outside of the swollen fat cells. The single best way to do this is with something called Modere Biocell Trim. It naturally shrinks fat cells and strengthens collagen and muscle tone.
Also consider boosting your nutrition. Like so many things in life – nutrition plays a role in cellulite. Although cellulite is a skin condition, it is closely tied to the storage of excess fat. Consider adding in more cellulite busting foods like asparagas, avocados, bananas, berries, cranberry juice, dark leafy greens, ginger, oily fish, papaya and whole grains.
Use the shower wisely. When cleaning your skin, use your wash cloth or loufah to massage the area where cellulite occurs. At first, use a circular motion and then a brushing motion upwards towards the bowels. This will improve circulation and help remove toxins and metabolic wastes out of the tissues around collagen and fat cells.
Additional Options to Consider
- Dry Skin Brushing
Learn to dry brush your skin at least twice every day — when you wake up and before going to bed. Dry brushing provides many benefits in the treatment of cellulite. First of all, it’s exercise for your skin, and strengthens the underlying dermis and pattern of collagen in the subcutaneous layer. It stimulates the growth and repair of the tissues by increasing blood flow to the area. It also helps remove toxins and metabolic wastes out of the interstitial fluids surrounding the tissues for disposal. Dry brushing is good for all over your body but it can significantly improve the appearance of cellulite.
- It’s okay to not be “lady like.” Get out of the habit of crossing your legs, knees and ankles. This reduces circulation and increases swelling. Try to keep moving regularly! Don’t sit or stand for long periods of time.
- Exercise your body as much as possible. Regular exercise is necessary for the improvement of cellulite. Not only does it help reduce the appearance of cellulite by burning the fatty acids that are causing the cellulite. It also improves circulation and helps to remove toxin-filled wastes away from the skin. Even something as simple as walking at lunch, or sneaking in a set of exercises in the restroom during breaks, can make a big difference. Check out our post – Quick Exercises You Can Do Anywhere for more inspiration!
- Treat yourself to a massage. This is so good for you! Massage, particularly the kind that improves lymph flow, is very good for reducing the appearance of cellulite. It gets rid of metabolic wastes and toxins and gives the skin a smoother appearance. If a professional massage is out of your budget, you may want to try a massage device you can use at home.
Supplements for Cellulite Reduction
Alfalfa is a natural diuretic that helps balance the body’s interstitial fluids and reduces edema and swelling. It’s also a phytoprogesterone, which helps balance the excess estrogen that can exacerbate cellulite.
Borage Oil contains high amounts gamma linoleic acid, which is an important fatty acid to the strengthening of cell walls.
Bromelain is a naturally occurring enzyme in natural foods that aid in the digestion of proteins. The consumption of bromelain aids in the removal of fibrin buildup in fine blood vessels. This improves and increases circulation to the skin, and aids in repair and rejuvenation.
Horsetail Horse Chestnut herb contains high levels of the mineral silica, which is used in the repair and maintenance of skin cells.
Apple Cider Vinegar contains an array of important enzymes and aids in balancing body pH. Itís also a good source of potassium, which is necessary for fluid balance in the body.
Coconut Oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are easily absorbed and used by the body for fuel. It has the capability of stimulating the thyroid gland, which increases body temperature and metabolism and is known for improving the burning of excess fat.
Ginkgo Biloba is a natural blood thinner that increases the microcirculation to skin and fat cells.
Gotu Kolu is a natural source of caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the beta-adrenoreceptors on the surface of the fat cells to release their stores of fatty acids, aiding in the burning of excess fat.
Green Tea is a mild stimulate that contains caffeine as well as powerful antioxidants that aid in the proper replication and repair of skin cells.
External Treatments for Cellulite
Aloe Vera contains alatoin, which sooths and heals skin. It has been shown clinically to increase microcirculation of the skin and to speed healing of skin tissues.
Betonite Clay is a natural mineral clay that is known for its ability to absorb impurities and toxins from the skin through the pores. If you use this or any other clay be sure to put a coffee filter over your sink drain before rinsing. The filter will collect the clay as it rinses from your skin, and prevent it from going down your drain.
Many experts have recommended using coffee grounds as a scrub for cellulite prone areas. The grounds work as an exfoliant, as the caffeine absorbs into the skin and stimulates the fat cells to release their contents.
Just remember the cause of cellulite is over-sized fat cells that have stretched out the collagen structure underlying the skin. The first step is to reduce bodyfat, and the second step is to increase the strength of the skin and the collagen webs under the subcutaneous tissues. Skin and collagen require vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to rebuild themselves properly. Excess fluids can exacerbate the problem, so proper fluid intake and circulation is important. Drink plenty of fluids, and stay active to increase the circulation of the lymph system. With a little diligent effort the appearance of cellulite can be reduced.
If you’re short on patience and time, you may want to consider using a product like Modere Trim which is designed to shrink fat cells while strengthening collagen and toning muscle. You may also consider checking out our review on Modere Liquid Biocell.