An estimated 85% of adult women have cellulite, and despite its prevalence, we still have much to learn about the cosmetic issue. Cellulite is fat stored just under the skin’s surface. It has a unique appearance, like the dimpled surface of an orange peel or cottage cheese. It is most common in women and usually appears after puberty. For many people, it’s a source of extreme embarrassment.
Try some of these natural solutions to at least minimize the appearance:
- Remove Toxins
Your body is bombarded with toxins. But what does this have to do with cellulite? The body stores toxins in fat to help minimize how much toxicity your vital organs are exposed to. The dimples and pockets of cellulite are also full of toxins.
So, what should you do for cellulite reduction? Simple: remove the toxins and prevent further build-up of toxins. One of the body’s most natural methods of removing toxins is sweating. Used in conjunction with other methods, like drinking water with lemon or juicing, sweating can greatly help with a detox. Exercising and venturing into a dry sauna are 2 great ways to sweat out the toxins.
- Tomatoes and Tomato Paste
Tomatoes are extremely high in lycopene, which can prevent the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Dr. Oz reports that tomato paste is particularly rich in lycopene. But, if you opt for paste, look for one in a glass container or make your own to avoid the toxic BPA.
- Coconut Oil and Dry Brushing
A very popular combination among home remedies for cellulite, dry skin brushing while moisturizing with (and ingesting) extra virgin coconut oil is a widely used solution. To dry skin brush correctly, start higher lymph node areas like the armpits/groin, then move to the outer regions. Always move towards the heart, except when dry skin brushing the buttocks area. Dry skin brushing is so effective because it tightens the epidermis and helps to break-up the toxic material cellulite is composed of.
- Drink More Water for Cellulite Reduction
Hydration is crucial for overall health—from digestion to your skin’s healthy glow and texture. Being fully hydrated can smoothen your skin’s surface. Try consuming foods with higher water content like melons, cucumbers, watermelon and leafy greens. Not only are these foods high in water content, but they are also low in calories – helping you to lose weight and control fat stores.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water and a bit of honey and rub on the areas needed, then rinse with warm water. It may not get rid of cellulite for good, but it should help reduce the appearance. Additionally, try making a body wrap: mix ACV and water in equal parts, and then rub it on the area. Afterward, wrap the areas in plastic wrap and a warm towel for 1 hour, then rinse.
- Ginkgo Biloba
This plant has been used medicinally for centuries. One of Ginkgo Biloba may be combined with green tea. Many health benefits is in encouraging good circulation. Good circulation means healthier skin and a more uniform skin texture. Improving circulation will allow for a more effective transfer of stored fat from cellulite to muscle tissue, enabling it to be burned and used as energy.
- Green Tea
Green tea can speed up your metabolism and help you burn fat by stopping the production of fat-absorbing enzymes. But catechins found in green and white teas can also reduce insulin resistance. Drinking three cups a day could increase energy expenditure and help you to burn an extra 80 calories in the next 24 hours. Try tea in the morning in place of coffee.