How to get rid of cellulite on legs naturally and quickly
Most of us all complain about stubborn cellulite on our thighs and legs and have tried lots ways to minimize its appearance. There is no quick fix to getting rid of cellulite completely but there are a few quick ways of minimizing its appearance quickly and even seeing a difference within a few weeks. Some are instantaneous methods, while others require a bit of persistence but they do actually work (as I have tried them).
What is cellulite and its causes?
Cellulite is when your fat cells push through the connective tissue beneath the skin, this causes the orange peel, dimple-like appearance on the skin’s surface. It usually shows most on our thighs, buttocks, hips and stomach.
Genetic factors can play a part, but new research shows we can’t always blame our genes, our environmental factors such as diet and lack of exercise, hydration and even hormones play a part.
Ways you can help reduce the appearance of cellulite:
- Eat a clean food diet
There is no surprise here. One of the key factors is ensuring you eat enough high fibre foods to ensure, all the waste and toxins are removed from your body, along with good hydration (fresh, clean, filtered water) to ensure everything is flushed out.
Reduce your salt intake – the sodium causes your fat cells to expand, enlarge and swell. Swap the table and cooking salt for mineral salts such as Himalayan salt or Celtic salt. Think about the foods you eat on a daily basis, it helps to keep a food journal for a week, so you can see what you are actually eating. Then try and eliminate or reduce the processed and sugary foods from your diet and replace with fresh foods and more greens. Diet has a definite impact on skin health and appearance.
Swap the vegetable and sunflower oils, which cause inflammation, to cooking with oils such as coconut oil or ghee or olive oil (on low temperature).
If you regularly eat poor quality foods with refined sugars, processed foods such as tinned foods, preservatives, non-organic foods with pesticides and many fast food takeaways, plus you have a sedentary lifestyle, there is no wonder you suffer from dimply, orange-peel cellulite skin. Toxins from the food we eat and even the environment around us, take a toll on our body and skin health.
Try to eat fresh foods that are minimally processed or paleo foods, cooked from scratch, preferably organic. If you are unable to buy organic (it can work out expensive), ensure you wash the fruit and vegetables thoroughly or soak them in water with some pesticide remover for a few minutes before preparing.
Eat more rich-alkaline foods
All foods have either an alkaline property or an acidic property to them. Don’t be fooled by thinking that a food which is acidic in your mouth is acidic once in your body. A lemon may be acidic in your mouth but when digested it is actually alkaline forming. Many bitter fruit and vegetables are actually alkaline inside our bodies, even though they are acidic in nature. This is why there is a huge surge of home-made drinks such as lemon water first thing in the morning, or a concoction of Apple Cider Vinegar with warm water and honey. These are essentially alkaline and help detox the body by their alkaline properties.
In order to remove toxins from our bodies, we need to draw them out of our cells, organs and our tissues. We can do this by consuming more alkaline property foods, in addition to clean water and sufficient fibre intake.
There seems to be a difference of opinion as to whether toxins within the body can actually cause cellulite to form, but either way, a rich alkaline diet, improves health and should make a difference to skin appearance too. Juicing, or using a blender like a Nutribullet is an amazing way of getting fresh vegetables into your diet. A quick tip, hack to get more benefits of greens in your diet is using a powder like Spirulina or Chlorella in your juice or Nutribullet shakes.
Use natural creams or oils to reduce the appearance of cellulite
You can apply topical creams, lotions, serums and oils to your skin to minimize the appearance of cellulite. These work by effectively, plumping the skin to even out the cellulite dimples and some ingredients like caffeine may actually shrink cellulite by drawing fluid out of the cells. They are effective as long as you keep using them. Natural products are the best to work in harmony with your skin and body.
There are many natural products you can use, I love Green People products also you can use natural oils on your skin such as olive oil, coconut oil, Argan oil to moisturise and nourish your skin. Puresty Argan oil is my favourite brand of skin and hair Argan oil.
Massage with some essential oils to reduce cellulite appearance
Some essential oils are good to reduce cellulite. Mix them with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and massage in circular motions onto the skin:
Grapefruit oil – This helps to remove toxins from the body and is high in vitamin C.
Cypress oil – This is a powerful astringent that improves blood circulation and aids fluid retention and helps to eliminate toxins within the body.
Orange essential oil – This helps prevent toxin accumulation and water retention. It helps to strength blood vessels and to help tighten the skin.
Lemongrass essential oil – This helps to dissolve cellulite deposits
However, ultimately whatever is going on inside your body and your diet, shows on your skin. If you improve your diet and gut health, this will improve your naturally beautiful skin health.
Change your habits, one-step at a time and work through the above and you will start to notice a change in your skin and the appearance of your cellulite.
Drink Plenty of Water
When you are dehydrated your skin becomes thinner and the cellulite becomes more noticeable and pronounced. By ensuring you are hydrated and drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water daily, helps the skin look smoother. Read our Japanese Water Therapy regarding drinking water as soon as you wake up (meaning before even brushing your teeth!) Read the blog post here. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is also a great way to flush toxins out of your body. Herbal teas are also a great way of getting fluid into your system opt for ones that help the digestion such as peppermint tea, or calming lavender or chamomile tea.
Try and avoid too much tea and coffee, even though they are fluids, they actually dehydrate the body. For every cup of tea or coffee you drink, try and aim to have a glass of water equivalent.
Cellulite is a fat so by exercises, and losing weight if need be, you can reduce the appearance of cellulite, Try and aim for some sort of exercise at least 3 times a week, anything that stretches your body, to help minimize and break down the cellulite such as running, yoga, swimming, walking, or cross-training. Regular cardio and strength training will tone the muscles and minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Sweating through exercise, or using a sauna helps to remove toxins from the skin through sweat.
It is believed that people who are highly stressed tend to have more cellulite on their skin as the adrenaline hormones may be associated with producing cellulite. If you would like to learn some techniques for coping with stress for mindful Muslimahs, see our blog on how to cope with stress.
Do things that make you happy, even order yourself flowers. I have used this service from Bunches and they are amazing from £14.99 for fresh flowers with free UK delivery! I even wrote a personalised card for myself, sometimes you can not always wait for your partner to do this, and I love fresh flowers on the table, so just order yourself 🙂
Skin brushing and massaging to reduce cellulite
This is actually such an easy and effective methods, that works within weeks! Dry brushing is a technique where you use a bristle based brush, (a shower brush usually does the trick) and you spend some time brushing your body prior to having a shower. This needs commitment and consistency, but it really works.
The lymph nodes which lie under the skin’s surface have a role to play in aiding toxin removal and helping cellulite reduction. Using a dry bristle brush or a massage, stimulates the lymph nodes and helps move toxins around and coupled with the right diet, fluid and fibre, these toxins will be eliminated from the body.
Dry brushing is one of my favourite ways of getting rid of cellulite, as you can actually see a difference very quickly (within a few weeks). I usually do it before I shower, by using a small brush in circular motions over my skin. I dry brush my whole body but focus specifically on areas where I have cellulite. I try and aim for a few minutes each time and have noticed a remarkable improvement within 2 weeks of doing this in combination with the Puresty Products. I also use a derma-roller – but I don’t use it as often as dry brushing. My skin feels noticeably smoother, softer and my cellulite seems to have reduced by 90%.
You can buy a body massager brush that has multiple nubes on them and regularly use them to massage your body focusing on the cellulite areas, although I find the dry brushing more effective than the massager brush. Massaging is a fantastic way of improving lymphatic draining and encourages toxins to be removed and expelled from the body. I bought this wooden massage roller and I prefer it to the massage brushes, which were not as effective. You literally just roll the wooden roller across parts of your body to stimulate lymphatic draining, or even better get your partner to use it on you!
Exfoliate regularly to reduce cellulite
Coffee body scrubs are one of the best and most effective methods for minimizing the appearance of cellulite. When you massage the coffee scrub onto your skin, it stimulates lymphatic draining and also removes the dead surface skin cells. The caffeine in the coffee tightens the skin and the effects can be noticed almost within minutes, especially if you use a coffee lotion or oil after exfoliation. I am in love with the Puresty Body Buff Scrub, it lightly exfoliates but I use in conjunction with an exfoliating glove, for extra exfoliation and it leaves my skin soft and moisturised, without drying and the coffee ingredients have made a massive difference on my cellulite.
Topical creams, lotions and oils
Applying a topical cream, lotion or body oil can help, to minimise the appearance of cellulite and reduce the orange peel look but they aren’t the one-step wonder product everyone feels they are. The best topical products for cellulite are coffee infused products as they help to tighten the skin cells, albeit a temporary effect. I love the Puresty Body Buff Oil and Puresty Body Buff Lotion.
Those with fair skin, can hide and camouflage cellulite with a self-tanner to tone the skin appearance. This has an instant result and is a quick fix to simply hide the appearance of cellulite temporarily.
Cellulite body massager.
I have recently found a good body massager for cellulite and will be writing more about this soon once I have used it for longer and will update the post. It is an electric massager that really stimulates your skin, similar to a hand-on massage.
There you have 12 ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite naturally. It is worth implementing some of the tips to reduce the appearance of cellulite in a gradual manner. As you begin noticing a difference in your cellulite appearance, you will become more motivated to continue with these methods.
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