Nifty Tips and Tricks for Shapelier, Cellulite-Free Bum

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Cellulite is a layer of fat that accumulates just under the skin. When fat accumulate under the skin, it causes the connective tissues to expand, giving the skin a dimpled, orange peel-like appearance. Women are more likely to develop cellulite than men. Although cellulite is not a health concern, it gives the skin an unsightly, uneven appearance. But there are ways to minimize its appearance especially if you have cellulite on the butt and the back of the thighs. In today’s post, we are listing down effective ways to minimize the appearance of cellulite:

Exercise

Cellulite is caused by a combination of poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle and genes.  Butt exercises make for an excellent cellulite buster. Below are the best exercises for a shapely, cellulite-free derriere:

Single-leg Hip Raise

Lie down face up on the floor. Keep the knees bent and the right leg straight. Pull the abdominal muscles in and hold the position. Squeeze the glutes and raise the hips until the body forms a straight line from the shoulders to the knees. Pause for two seconds, then continue squeezing the glutes. Then, lower down the right leg to go back to the starting position. Alternate to the left leg and repeat.

Reverse Lunge

Get a pair of dumbbells and hold each at arm’s length to the sides. Step backward with the right leg, then lower the body. Bend the right knee at a 90-degree angle. Keep the torso straight as you do this. Push yourself back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Now repeat on the left leg.

Body Care Tricks

Dry Brushing

There are evidence that dry brushing helps refine the skin texture and reduce the appearance of cellulite. But for this to work, you have to dry brush regularly. Dry brushing boosts circulation, opens up the pores and exfoliates the skin. It also drains toxins from the lymph nodes, evening out the complexion.

Start by choosing the right brush. You want the bristles to be made from natural hair. It should have a lot of give and not too stiff. Start brushing with long, sweeping motions. Do not use circular or back and forth motion. Do the brushing gently to avoid irritation or skin redness.

Coffee Scrub

Coffee is rich in caffeine, a stimulant that tightens and refines the skin texture. You can either buy coffee scrub from your favorite beauty brand or make your own.

To make your own, combine ¼ cup coffee ground with 3 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar. Mix well and transfer to a tub with lid.

To use coffee scrub to banish butt cellulite, get a handful and massage it over the affected area in a circular motion for two minutes. The scrub will slough off dead skin cells and reduce the dimpled appearance of the skin.

Diet Tips

Boost Omega-3 Fatty Acids Intake

Essential fatty acids help plump up and smoothen the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids keep the skin elastic and supple too. Over time, it can prevent cellulite from developing! You can either take omega-3 fatty acid supplements or boost your consumption of nuts, grains and oily fish to banish pesky cellulite.

Eat Gelatin

This is an old remedy for cellulite. Gelatin is packed with dietary collagen and amino acids. It promotes hair and nail growth, strengthens the joints and tighten saggy skin! To reap the skin-friendly benefits of gelatin, simply boost your consumption of the stuff.


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