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.