Legs. Men love them, and women love showing them off. From skimpy swimsuits to sexy miniskirts, we continually find ways to accentuate our best features. Try as we might, though, we cannot always prevent cellulite, lumpy and dimpled fat deposits that resembles cottage cheese or an orange peel, typically noticed on our legs, hips and buttocks.
Countless procedures – medical and non-medical, surgical and non-surgical – offer alleged “cures” to cellulite, including everything from medicinal injections to herbal body wraps available at most spas. And while all these supposed cures exist, each person responds differently to various treatments and procedures. Some at-home remedies for cellulite may be just as effective as a complex procedure like mesotherapy, which involves microinjections of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and medications. These chemicals react with the fat deposits in the targeted areas where the injections occur, dissolving the fat deposits and shrinking the fat cells.
If heaving over a heap of cash to smooth out the cellulite from your legs isn’t in your plans, consider these at-home remedies to lessen cellulite’s impact on your life and your legs!
Detoxify your diet! By eating lots of healthy, fresh fruits and veggies, you’re already taking the first step toward healthier skin and fewer cellulite problems. Whole grain foods also contribute to your cause. Think about reducing or eliminating your intake of alcohol, coffee, soda and cigarette smoke to further aid your quest to end cellulite. Items high in fiber positively impact your health and also respond better to the digestive process. Your best-case scenario: A low-fat diet high in fiber and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Exercise to your heart’s content. Not only does exercising help you lose weight and tone your muscles, but it also helps to improve circulation while firming your tissues in general. You’ll notice an increase in your energy levels and hopefully, you’ll enjoy your exercise routines enough to see its value on mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Relax. Avoid those things that cause stress and aggravation in your life if at all possible. Take hot bubble baths, practice yoga or begin meditating on a daily basis. A more peaceful frame of mind will help you get into the routine of satisfying your skin’s needs.
Exfoliate and renew your skin naturally. Try natural body scrub products during your shower routine and use a loofah pad, massage brush or other cleansing tool to release dry and dead skin cells so new, healthy ones can form.
Find a massage partner and relieve tension while stimulating your circulatory and lymphatic systems. Massaging your body can help prevent cellulite from forming while it also helps to battle cellulite that already exists. To begin, try basic massage techniques. Start by massaging your legs one at a time in a circular motion. This should help prevent fat from collecting while also breaking down and ridding the body of toxins.
Try a few of these tips for reducing and preventing cellulite in your body. Remember that about 90 percent of women experience cellulite in some capacity, no matter how slim they might be. If you believe you have more serious cellulite problems than most, speak with a dermatologist to learn more about treatments that may be available to you.