Everyone has cellulite. We just all have varying degrees of it. I used to be a classic pear shape and hold extra weight in my hips and upper thighs – and this is exactly where the cellulite strikes.
First, a little about what exactly cellulite is and what causes it. Cellulite is nothing but fat cells that are pushing against thin connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. Why does that happen? A few reasons…
Hormonal factors – this is the mystery zone and due to each person’s unique hormonal profile some people may be more inclined to get cellulite than others.
Genetics – certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as a slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, or poor circulation.
Diet – people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
Lifestyle factors – cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
I’ve had severe cellulite since I was a teen. At the height of my 20s it painted a truly gruesome picture across my butt and the backs of my thighs. I dreaded going to the beach or pool for fear of it being exposed. I couldn’t understand how some of my friends – who ate more poorly than I did at the time and never exercised – appeared to have none. I was annoyed as I watched them wolf down pizza and cavort around on the beach with their smooth backsides and thighs. I mastered complex sarong-tying techniques and the art of lying about how I was too busy to make it to pool parties.
It wasn’t until I started exercising regularly and eating clean that I noticed that the cellulite seemed to be disappearing as my bodyfat % dropped. Excited, I made it my mission to get rid of every last dimple and bump. I tried all sorts of creams, serums, and scrubs, got regular vitamin B12 injections and even did a course of Endermologie Lipomassage sessions at CosmeSurge. None of it worked, but I persevered. It took a while but I did eventually find a ‘cure’ for my cellulite. I do all of the below regularly and I don’t have any visible cellulite anymore. If it worked for me it’ll hopefully work for you too. Cellulite be gone!
1) Scrubbing with coffee scrub
About a decade ago I’d read an article in a magazine about how Cindy Crawford scrubbed with coffee grains in the shower. She swore it combatted her cellulite. So I tried it a few times, and when I didn’t see miraculous, instantaneous results I stopped doing it. Recently, When Julia got suckered into buying Frank Body Scrub due to the company’s cheeky marketing (see what I did there?)campaign and cool packaging, I thought I’d purchase some to use on my croc-skin legs. What I didn’t expect was it’s effects on my cellulite – after a few months of regular use I honestly believe Frank has, combined with doing the other things on this list, given me a smoother behind. Frankly, it’s genius stuff.
2) Proskins leggings
I love leggings. I potter about at home in them, I wear them to workout in, and after discovering the ProSkins, I even sleep in them. ProSkins are marketed as ‘slimming leggings’ and are super thin and light compression garments that have ‘slimming ingredients’ microscopically woven into them. These include caffeine, retinol, Vitamin E, ceramides, aloe vera and fatty acids. After just one afternoon wearing mine I noticed my skin was silky and smooth right away. After two months of wearing pairs pretty much every day my cellulite has all but disappeared. Again, if you’re just wearing the leggings and not exercising or eating right – it ain’t gonna work for you. I initially ordered my ProSkins through their website but the leggings got lost in the post. You can buy them right here in Dubai by emailing their distributor.
3) Exercise and diet
This is the big one. When you lose bodyfat there is simply less fat to push through your skin and show through as cellulite. And to be clear I mean you need to lose FAT and not lose weight in general which can actually make the cellulite look worse if you are losing water and muscle but not the fat that causes the cellulite. If you exercise regularly and don’t eat crap you’ll see benefits in every way possible in terms of your health and fitness – and you’ll also finally rid yourself of cellulite. You’ll save loads of money from not buying useless creams and potions too.
4) Body brushing
I dry brush before I shower every day. I first started dry brushing to combat cellulite years ago and didn’t notice any difference in the cellulite but did notice that it made the texture of my skin look a lot better. It also gets the circulation going and it just feels so darn good! I use the Elemis Body Detox Body Brush.
5) Foam Rolling
I use a foam roller after every workout. Not only does it help muscle recovery and aids in getting a good stretch but you can use it to roller over your wobbly bits like saddle bags and your hips to give your tissues a good deep rub. It can be a little painful but hey, no pain no gain. I use the Grid Foam Roller 1.0 which I got delivered to me by emailing Urban Energy Fitness.
Do these 5 things regularly and those nasty ripples will vanish eventually. Be warned though, if you slack off on your workouts or diet it’ll come right back.