Cellulite is the unsightly cottage cheese-like texture of the skin. This is caused by fat deposits just under the skin, typically around the thighs, in the abdomen, butt, or the back of the arms. There are many reasons why cellulites develop. Some people are genetically predisposed to have cellulite. Others trigger cellulite through poor diet, poor lifestyle choices, or hormonal issues.
Despite what many beauty and cosmetic brands will tell you, there is no magic cream or miraculous lotion that can get rid of cellulite at all. Cellulite is very hard to get rid of, even with evasive treatments.
Most health experts agree that the major element that comes into play in developing cellulite is accumulation of toxins in the body. And this is caused by making bad lifestyle choices. The food we eat, inactivity, and stress at work and at home — all these factors cause stress on the body. This inevitably leads to poor eating habits, sleeplessness, and lack of exercise. Your body responds by storing toxins in excess fats so they don’t build up in the organs.
The good news is that by making small changes in your lifestyle, you can prevent or minimize the occurrence of cellulites. We’ve listed down practical ways to tweak your lifestyle to get you started:
Make Smart Diet Choices
The food you eat could impact your health and your appearance too. Avoid food high in sodium; this causes water retention and increases the risk of developing cellulite. It could also make existing cellulite look even worse!
We recommend sticking to a low-carbohydrate diet and drinking 8 glasses of water daily. Water helps flush out toxins from the body instead of storing them in excess fat and turning them into cellulites. Avoid sugary, oily treats like cakes, doughnuts, savory pretzels, etc. Carbs tend to stimulate the development of cellulites and those who have a high-carbohydrate diet have a higher chance of developing cellulites later in life.
Finally, try to keep your weight down. You want to adopt a high-protein diet rich in veggies and fruits. Do not take packed meals from the grocers and start making your own meals instead to ensure you’re getting nothing but the best in nutrition.
Experts agree that exercise is the best way to prevent, minimize, and even eliminate cellulites. When you’re exercising, the fat underneath the skin starts burning off; this helps smoothen the appearance of the skin. Exercising also tones saggy skin and this eliminates the bumpy, dimply appearance consistent with having cellulites.
We recommend doing a combination of cardio and strength training exercises. Cellulites tend to appear on places where it’s hard to tone. A well-rounded fitness routine helps target problem areas effectively.
Using Topical Treatments
Although there is no topical cream or lotion that could eliminate cellulite, certain types of prescription retinoid creams and caffeine-enriched creams can minimize the dimply appearance of cellulites. These creams won’t eliminate the root cause of the problem but when in a pinch, it could smooth out the surface of the skin temporarily.
You could also do dry brushing on cellulite-ridden areas to stimulate the skin to smooth itself out. Although this method is not proven effective, it may improve the skin texture of problem areas.