Well, here it is. I finally decided to talk about the dreaded C word. Come on, you all know what I’m talking about. The common struggle of cellulite that 80 to 90 percent of women have. Oh yes, I am speaking from experience as I am one of the 80 to 90 percent. This is not a favorite thing for me to talk about of course, but I am sharing this information with everyone hoping that it helps other people that would like to try with what I consider the best treatment of cellulite. I am going to discuss the top 5 natural ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite on your body. Summer will be here before you know it and wouldn’t it be nice to have fun in the sun without worrying about trying to cover that dreaded cellulite?
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the appearance of lumpy, dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, belly and buttocks. Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. Common names for cellulite include cottage-cheese skin and orange-peel skin due to its appearance and effects. Cellulite can affect both men and women but it is more common in females, due to the distribution of fat, muscle and hormones in a woman’s body. I personally have been very self-conscious of cellulite on the back of my legs under my tush. This is my problem area and I have tried many different remedies to reduce the appearance of cellulite over the years, which include using coffee grinds, creams, scrubs, bristle body brushes and the latest one, which is an essential oil blend.
Hormones can play a role in developing cellulite. Estrogen in women can decrease when approaching menopause and this can cause blood flow from the connective tissue under the skin to decrease. Fat cells also can enlarge as estrogen levels fall. If these factors combine, the fat deposits can be more visible and therefore you see that familiar dimpling effect. Age also causes the skin to be less elastic and more likely to sag over time. This can also increase the chance of developing cellulite.
Genetic factors are another contributor to cellulite development but dietary and lifestyle factors also play a role. Of course, people who eat too much fat and salt are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite. It may also be caused by those who smoke, don’t exercise or even wearing clothing that can limit blood flow.
Coffee Grinds Treatment
Forget buying the scrubs and creams. This is a DIY at home treatment that is inexpensive and that I have tried in the past and I feel worked well for me. Coffee grinds are good for more then just drinking coffee, in fact they make a great scrub for cellulite. The caffeine stimulates dilation and while scrubbing on your skin, it increases circulation and plumps up the skin making cellulite look less obvious. I remember years ago that this method was used by some Victoria Secret models with good results. Hey, if it worked for them, I was willing to try it. Why not?
Here’s what I recommend if you have cellulite on the back of your legs, under your tush (like I did)
Get a bag of coffee grinds. Put some grinds around the edge of your bathtub (you may want to have some plastic wrap on the floor to catch some of the grinds that fall) and basically sit down then then roll yourself back and forth on the top edge to get the grinds absorbed in to the skin. Get in the tub and scrub the area with a loofah or wash cloth and then rinse off. You may be a little red after from scrubbing. You can moisture the area afterwards if desired. I did this 2 to 3 times a week but this is a temporary fix.
If you have cellulite on a different area, you can make a paste by using 1/4 cup of coffee grinds with 3 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to help the grinds bind together. Apply the scrub, massaging the area in a circular motion for a few minutes with a loofah or wash cloth then rinse with warm water. The downside is its a bit messy but it smells really good.
Endermologie is a deep massage (Massage? Okay, I’m on board already) with a vacuum-like device that lifts up the skin in an attempt to break up the fat cells that cause cellulite dimpling. A series of treatments is normally recommended. Of course, this procedure should only be done by a certified Endermologist. Yes, there is such a thing. Endermologie is FDA approved, 100% natural and non-invasive. Your skin can appear smoother tighter and younger. I have a good friend that is an Endermologist and does endermologie treatments in his medical office in LA. This is a very costly procedure ranging a few hundred dollars and up for each treatment. Being in the heart of LA, he has seen some celebrities and has a high end clientele however those names will remain hush, hush. This is a great way to rid cellulite, but it becomes very costly and routine maintenance is required.
My sister had laser treatment done in San Diego with a well-known cosmetic skin care center. Laser treatment may improve the appearance of cellulite for a year or more. It involves inserting a very small laser probe under the skin. The laser is then fired, breaking up the tissue beneath the skin that cause us to see cellulite. The downside to this, is a little recovery time and you’re out roughly $4,000. Yikes! You will also have some temporary bruising however the results can be long-lasting.
Okay, this isn’t a treatment but it is a lifestyle choice to eat a diet low in fat and carbohydrates and to get moving, and by that I simply mean exercise. I know that you can’t get rid of cellulite really in this matter but I’m a pretty healthy person and I believe my cellulite that I do have is minimal because I choose to eat better and move around more. I’m not the gym type but I do like walking, hiking and doing a little kick boxing every now and then to keep myself feeling better. So, in a certain way you can look at this as a treatment for just being good to yourself. Truth be told, I still have cellulite on the back of my legs but its not as pronounced as it once was. I am just speaking from my own experience on this because I’ve seen that difference. What’s that saying…”You are what you eat?”
H-Cellulite Essential Oil Treatment
I know what you’re thinking? What? An essential oil can help with cellulite? Well, if caffeine from coffee can, then there is always nature’s way from plants. I prefer a natural, not to mention a less expensive way then medical office machines. I came across this H-Cellulite essential oil blend and I was pleasantly surprised to see this. I know essential oils can help with many ailments but wow, cellulite too? Yes it does! All you do is massage the oil in to the area applying it 3 times per day.
You should start seeing a noticeable difference in several weeks. This oil seals in moisture quickly and improves your skin tone within a few days. Granted, no product is magic or a miracle product but if you are looking to diminish the appearance of cellulite, I would give this a try. What’s in it that makes it so effective you ask? It has Hazel seed oil, Lemon peel oil, Cedarwood bark oil, Grapefruit peel oil, Sage leaf oil and Juniper fruit oil. Mother Nature at its best! This is also a safe and effective alternative to harsh chemicals or treatments. As I always say, “There’s an essential oil for that!” See my product review page for more information on this great find.
There you have it on the top 5 natural ways for the best treatment of cellulite. From coffee grinds to Endermologie to laser treatments, having a healthy lifestyle and treating yourself to an essential oil blend called H-Cellulite. I also recommend supplements of Vitamin A, C and E which contain antioxidants that fight the harmful free radicals found in alcohol, fried foods and cigarette smoke. I feel like my mother saying this, but don’t forget to eat your fruits and veggies. You can get your nutrients that way too.
Have you used any of these treatment methods? If so, please share your experience in the comment section below as I would love to hear your thoughts on how they worked for you.