Orange peel, lipedema, cellulite, cottage cheese – whatever you call it, one thing’s certain: No woman on the planet longs for more cellulite. It may surprise you to learn that the term “cellulite” is not medically inspired. It gained popularity in French salons around the end of the nineteenth century, and it describes the bumpy, dimpled, inconsistent appearance of the skin above fat deposits.
Doctors say cellulite is actually quite natural – they say this uneven skin surface is found in 90 percent of post-pubescent females and that it simply indicates a breakdown in the connective tissue around fat cells. Cellulite is more noticeable on the female form because female skin tissue is thinner than male skin tissue. Still, it’s hard to convince women to simply accept their cellulite as a natural occurrence. Society has long derided “cottage cheese ” skin as ugly and undesirable.
Fortunately, those who wish to banish cellulite may do so by applying the techniques listed below.
1. Avoid excessive sugar and salt.
Cellulite is exacerbated when one’s fat cells are swollen with extra sugar. Salt is also problematic because it encourages fluid retention, making cellulite look even worse. To limit the appearance of cellulite, eat no more than six teaspoons of sugar and 200 mg of sodium each day.
2. Apply a body firming cream.
To see a noticeable reduction of cellulite, apply a firming lotion or cream. Of course, you’ll want to select a product that’s user-approved to firm skin and improve its structure. Nuxe Paris has created a lotion that fits the bill perfectly. Its Body Fondant Firming Cream includes barley sugars and Brazilian mimosa to instantly lift skin, thereby decreasing cellulite dimples. Nuxe Paris’ cellulite solution also contains rye flakes and Kigelia Africana to improve skin structure. After using this product for 28 days, 86 percent of users reported that their skin was more toned, while 82 percent said it was visibly smoother.
To prepare your skin for cellulite solutions from Nuxe Paris and other brands, apply a body exfoliator such as Fat Girl Scrub from Bliss. The Bliss Fat Girl Scrub increases circulation and is specially formulated for cellulite-prone areas.
3. Lift weights.
Muscle is smoother than fat. If you lift weights regularly, your cellulite levels will drop. Lunges, leg presses and squats are particularly powerful cellulite-busting exercises.
4. Drink more water.
More water means better circulation. To help your body break down fat stores, mix lemon juice into your water. Aim for eight to ten glasses of water each day.
5. Get a massage.
Massaging the connective tissue helps break up the inconsistencies that cause cellulite. So get a deep tissue massage. Use foam rollers to roll away cellulite. Or use the Fat Girl Stimulator from Bliss. This rubber scrubber is specifically designed to eliminate the tissue stagnation that causes cellulite.
6. Eat cellulite-busting foods.
Papaya and mango include antioxidants that prevent the tissue damage that causes cellulite in the first place. Lima beans, broccoli and peas fight connective tissue inflammation, decreasing cellulite dimples. Blueberries, blackberries and other dark berries increase antioxidant levels and collagen production, which may limit the appearance of cellulite. Studies have found that eating kelp can encourage a 5-10 percent loss in weight, thereby decreasing cellulite. Foods that are rich in essential fatty acids help repair skin tissue. (Salmon, almonds, walnuts and olive oil are good sources of essential fatty acids.) Remember – you are what you eat. If you eat these foods, your body will have more tools to fight cellulite.
7. Apply a caffeine cream.
It may sound crazy, but caffeine is a powerful tool in your cellulite battle. Actually, if you think about it for a minute, this makes sense. Caffeine is naturally dehydrating. When applied to cellulite-ridden areas, caffeine draws out excess moisture, thereby tightening the skin and creating a temporarily firm surface.
Bliss’ Fat Girl Slim is one of the most powerful caffeine-based cellulite treatments. It delivers caffeine via QuSomes, a patented ingredient that quickly delivers active ingredients directly into every layer of the epidermis. This Bliss product also discourages cellulite by increasing surface circulation.
8. Get more cardiovascular exercise.
This tip’s pretty self-explanatory. If you get enough cardio exercise (40-60 minutes a day, six times a week), your body will burn away fat. Less fat means less cellulite. Bike or jog to reduce cellulite on the legs and hips; row or box for arm cellulite.
9. Turn on the red light.
This tip comes from pole dancers: Cellulite is less noticeable in red light.
10. Arrange for liposculpture.
Cosmetic surgery may be required to eradicate stubborn cellulite. Liposculpture is less invasive than liposuction; smaller tools are used to remove fat cells near the skin.