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6 ways to help improve your cellulite

Beauty / posted 2 years ago / Jayne Cherrington-Cook

6 ways to help improve your cellulite

The sun is shining and it really feels like spring is in the air, which always gets us to thinking about baring our sun-starved bodies – and that dreaded C word… Cellulite.

It’s a lumpy leg curse that afflicts many of us – 95% of women have some form of cellulite, including the most gorgeous women in the world – Elle McPherson and Jennifer Lopez have both been papped with the dimples!

While weight has nothing to do with cellulite there other factors such as diet, genes, a sluggish lymphatic system, a desk-bound job or a general sedentary lifestyle, which all contribute to the orange peel effect.

Unfortunately your period can also be a culprit. Oestrogen, which rises mid-cycle, is known to be one hormone that aggravates cellulite, making it look worse than other times of the month.

How to treat cellulite
  • Get active!
    Cellulite often forms in the areas of the body with the least circulation so activity is your friend. Brisk walking and swimming are great at increasing blood circulation.
  • Buy the right products
    The orange peel effect can be improved by massaging on various products. Look for those that include known-cellulite busting ingredients like caffeine, ginkgo biloba, amino acids and rutin. We love Etat Pur Caffeine 5% A90, £16.50, and Fatgirlslim Skin Firming Cream by Bliss, £28.50
  • Choose the right time to apply
    The best time to apply products is after exercise as they will be absorbed better and get to work faster.
  • Get brushing!
    Brushing with a dry brush daily is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to help improve your cellulite. It increases fat dispersion and improves circulation, while also making skin soft and glowy.
  • Cut down on the junk
    Refined and over-processed foods can all make cellulite worse so try and stick to a more wholesome, natural diet – and yes, that does mean no chocolate/burgers/doughnuts…
  • Chill out
    Some studies have shown that the stress hormone cortisol can increase deposits of fat and cellulite so avoid excess stress whenever you can.
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