Dimples on my face might feel cute but when it comes to my legs and bum, not so much.
I reckon every woman or young girl remembers the first moment she felt self-conscious about her cellulite, let me tell you a story (my story).
As a teenage girl, I developed fast and my diet wasn't always the healthiest (in fact, I ate a tonne of junk food often) and this probably contributed to cellulite at an early age.
I remember playing school sports and in the warmer months the legs would be on full display (whether I like it or not!)
Something that stuck in my mind and caused me to feel self-conscious was overhearing my classmates (male) talk about "hail damage on chicks".
Boys can be so cruel.
This memory has remained and played on my mind ever since. It was this thought and body-conscious feeling that was activated as soon as summer rolled around...
It is this feeling that led to looking for ways to reduce the dreaded 'orange peel' legs and bum; looking for natural solutions and implementing them so that I could feel more confident, more comfortable in a pair of bikinis at the beach.
While I still do have some cellulite, it has drastically reduced over the years with consistently applying the following tips and tricks.
I wanted to share these with you because I feel like it's a fairly comprehensive guide to reducing cellulite naturally. Sharing and helping others is ultimately what it's all about!
What the Heck is Cellulite?
We know what it looks like and feels like but do we understand exactly what cellulite is?
Cellulite (often referred to as 'orange peel' skin) is a super common skin condition experienced mostly by females. It causes no physical harm but it may affect a person's self-esteem or body confidence.
Its appearance can range from a few slight dimples on the skin to an overall 'orange peel' appearance to more severe lumpy skin with deeper dimples. It affects the thighs, buttocks and abdomen mostly but it can also be seen on the back and arms.
Cellulite is thought to occur when fibrous connective tissue bands tether to the underlying muscle and the fat lying in between. When the fat cells gather, this pushes up against the skin and at the same time the strong bands of connective tissue pull up, creating an uneven, dimpled surface.
Dietary Tips for Reducing Cellulite
Prevention with Purples & Reds
A diet that's abundant in antioxidants, bioflavonoids & phytonutrients can help protect against free radical damage (free radicals cause skin cell damage which contributes to the formation of cellulite).
Are You Getting High-quality Lean Protein & Amino Acids?
To have healthy connective tissue and collagen production, it's vital to be getting an adequate intake of protein and amino acids. You can find these in hydrolyzed collagen powder, gelatin and bone broth but also in nuts, seeds, chicken and fish.
Limit Refined Carbs!
A diet high in refined carbs is a recipe for cellulite. Eat less or none of the white foods such as bread, pasta, rice, pizza, doughnuts, cakes, baked goods, most cereals and desserts.
Eating these types of foods causes your insulin levels to rise and encourages fat formation (lipogenesis).
Choose healthier carbs such as sweet potato, pumpkin, oats and legumes to help keep blood sugar stable and insulin levels too!
Make Peace with Fat (the right kind)
Healthy fats are absolutely crucial for good health and happiness so keep enjoying them. These include avocado oil, avocados, olives and olive oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, nuts, seeds, salmon, sardines, chia and flax seeds/oil.
Do yourself (and your health) a favour and avoid bad fats from fast/junk food, pastries and bakery goods, trans fats and hydrogenated oils in margarine, vegetable shortening, packaged, ready-made dough, fried foods and coffee creamer.
Ok, so we're not here to be the portion police, it's really up to you how much you eat but it's important to watch your portions if you don't want to put weight on (gaining weight can result in [more] cellulite).
A general rule of thumb for portion control is a meal that's the size of your fist in general as this is often the size of your stomach. Eating more than this can be overeating.
Cut Down on the Booze
If you love to have a drink or 3 I get it, I'm not saying go cold turkey on alcohol just be aware of the consequences of drinking too often and too much can have. Consuming alcohol can make the appearance of cellulite more prevalent because alcohol constricts blood vessels (as opposed to dilating them for better blood flow like coffee* does)
*Choose black coffee for optimum health benefits!
Coffee for Cellulite
Many people love to drink coffee but what about rubbing it all over your body for helping reduce cellulite? I'm talking about coffee body scrub!
Using a coffee body scrub is one of the most enjoyable and luxurious ways to lessen the 'orange peel' look on our skin because of the caffeine.
Caffeine is a natural vasodilator (helps open blood vessels) to increase circulation but it can also plump up, tighten and firm up the skin too, which makes cellulite much less noticeable.
I discovered coffee body scrubs many years ago while at a day spa in the rice paddies of Ubud, Bali. It was a heavenly experience that felt so indulgent and decadent. I loved it so much I decided to create my own organic version using Perfect Coconut oil, Organic coffee grinds, raw sugar and doTERRA essential oils.
Move Your Bootay!
It doesn't take a genius to know that movement/exercise is needed for good health and this is also true for cellulite.
Cellulite doesn't discriminate!
It makes its home in people (mostly females) of all shapes and sizes, even thin folks. One thing is for certain though...
Cellulite can be improved if you move your body on the regular and for as little as 20 minutes per day!
Try Youtube-ing these cellulite-busting exercises:
- Reverse lunges
- Curtsy lunges
- Lateral lunges
- Split squats
- Glute bridge
- Squat jump
- Stability ball hamstring curl
- Walking is also great
H20 is the Go!
Drinking water obviously hydrates your cells, gives you more energy and improves wellbeing but drinking adequate water is vital for helping reduce the appearance of cellulite because it removes toxins that cause fat to accumulate.
If you find drinking water boring, try adding things like orange/lime or lemon slices, cucumber, berries or food-grade essential oils such as doTERRA essential oils. Grab yours here by following the prompts to sign up for your own wholesale account.
If you still smoke please know that this habit will most certainly affect the appearance of cellulite! Smoking is known to reduce blood flow and circulation, affect collagen formation (which results in the stretching of connective tissue but also the connective tissue gets damaged and this allows underlying fat to be visible).
If you find it difficult to quit smoking (this includes vaping), please consult with a professional who can help you wean off and kick this unhealthy habit.
Brush Your Body, Not Just Your Hair
Before you shower, one of the best things you can do for your skin and circulation is dry body brushing! This can help improve cellulite because it helps to mobilise (and plays a role in evenly distributing fat deposits under the skin).
Not to mention it gives you a healthy glow and is very enlivening!
Using a high-quality organic coffee scrub in combination with dry body brushing you cannot go wrong!
Infrared Sauna Sweat Session
If you have access to an infrared sauna, you'll want to hang out in one even more once you understand it's role in helping reduce cellulite...
As you may know, a buildup of toxins in the body can cause cellulite and what helps release toxins better than almost anything else?
Why it's sweating of course!
An infrared sauna session will get you sweating alright, as long as you stay in long enough and it's at a high temperature (I go in for at least 20 minutes on 60c). It also has many other benefits for your wellbeing including skin health, muscle recovery, improved sleep, detox, weight loss, increased circulation.
If you thought using a foam roller was only good for muscle stiffness, think again! Foam rolling can also help with cellulite due to its ability to improve lymphatic drainage which naturally improves the look of cellulite because of a reduction in swelling.
I'm talking about acupuncture. This ancient TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine) treatment can help with treating cellulite because it helps encourage blood flow and is an aid in detoxification.
Add ACV to Your RGE
"You down with ACV? Yeah, you know me". Sorry, I couldn't resist a cheesy song Rhyme interpretation to liven things up because you've been sat here awhile reading this blog.
We're talking about cider vinegar here and adding this natural remedy to your regime can help cellulite by assisting in the elimination of toxins, preventing fat accumulation, improving lymphatic health, lowering BP and keeping the body more alkalised.
Let Your Body Breathe Baby!
According to the 'cellulite warriors' if you wear tight clothing every day this can contribute to cellulite.
It's ok to wear your tights and jeans but just not all day, every day! Opt for looser breathable pants, shorts and skirts to allow your body to breathe and circulation & lymph to flow freely.
Who doesn't enjoy a good massage? This pleasurable and self-nurturing act has endless wellness benefits and one of those includes helping cellulite, yep!
Not only does massage have the ability to improve lymphatic drainage and circulation but it also may help to stretch out the dimples caused by cellulite. Get your massage therapist to include oils such as grapefruit and geranium as this helps to increase the effectiveness of massage in treating cellulite.
Now I know that's a lot to take in so just breathe and relax and don't overthink it. You can treat cellulite over time and remember, it's a process, take it step by step, day by day. Maybe you already do some of this and if so, simply add in step or two and implement for 1-3 months to see how things improve?
Add in a few more steps until, over time, you're doing much of these things. I have no doubt that in good time, you should see a great improvement and you'll be feeling more confident when stepping out bare-legged or stripped butt naked.
It's also an important message from one woman to another...
If you do have cellulite (which most of us do to some varying degree) you are STILL BEAUTIFUL, there is NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU and you are ENOUGH!
You are lovable, you are loved and the cellulite does not define you. Remember this.
This information is simply information and not another thing you have to do. If you feel inclined to do these things, do them for you and for nobody else.
Check out My Video on the Perfect Coffee Scrub, why I made it, what's in it and how to use it effectively...
*Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.