- Women's Health
9 Ways to Help Reduce Cellulite
What are those bumps on your backside?
Most people think dimples are cute and attractive on a face, but not on your butt. Cellulite is a term that many women hear a lot about mostly when we reach the forty year mark. Those lumpy, dimpled thighs and buttocks start becoming more and more noticeable.
In the fifties menopause takes it turn. It's not fair that women have to endure the hot flashes, fatigue, and insomnia. We now have to deal with the bumpy legs and backside that just won't disappear. We can exercise hours a day, use special creams, massages, hot baths, diuretics, but still it clings.
No one thinks about it in their twenties. Having a very hectic lifestyle with job and family demands helped to stay thin so those darling dimples weren't a problem then. Young women have other body issues to contend with such as breasts, hips or butt size and appearance.
When we were young,we had the energy to jump rope, jog, bicycle ride, or go out dancing.
Over the years the pace slowed down and so cellulite crept up quietly one day, and there it was there,in the mirror!
Cellulite is defined as the dimpling and that “cottage cheese” look of the skin usually seen on the thighs,and buttocks. It's especially noticeable when warmer weather arrives.
According to Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD and Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR of MedicineNet.com, having it is normal. “Heredity, skin thickness, gender, the amount and distribution of body fat, and age can all influence the extent to which cellulite is present or visible.”
What to eat
The experts have developed a "Cellulite Diet" to help improve the appearance of your body.
The old adage, ”you are what you eat”, couldn't be truer when it comes to this problem, it seems. If you eat a high fat, sugar diet, then expect to have it show up on the legs, buttocks, and abdomen.
The fast food habit may be cheap to eat but expensive to cure in the long run. You may have been able to eat those foods when you were in your twenties, but we all know that time catches up and you will pay for it later!
Foods to cut down on and eliminate if possible are animal fat in hamburgers and cheaper cuts of red meat, most cheeses, processed lunch meats, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, sodas,candy, alcohol and all simple carbohydrates.
Brown rice, oats, and whole grain bread are better since they take longer to break down.
The best foods to eat to reduce cellulite are fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples,spinach, tomato,fennel,and carrots. Also add oily fishes, nuts, and seeds to your regiment.
Of course, water is essential to decrease food cravings and flush out the toxins.
The next time you think about eating some ice cream or candy, just look at your naked body in the mirror and remember that it will end up dimpling your thighs! Better still, take a photograph of your problem spots and keep it in your pocket and on the refrigerator.
I know I'm not alone when I say it feels abnormal and unattractive. With summer fast approaching,the thoughts of shopping for a swimsuit and shrieking in terror while looking at yourself in the dressing room mirror is on most women's minds.
There are many products and techniques that I and thousands of women have tried over the years to no avail. The creams, massages, light or laser therapy, mesotherapy, special diets, exercise, wraps and drastic measures including liposuction.
The creams include chemicals that can irritate and burn the skin. It may look smoother for a few days but it doesn't last.
Dry Brushing Technique
Massages are certainly beneficial and do ease tight muscles and break up lymph fluid. Some believe this fluid may be what is making your legs dimple.
I've tried this too and while it did feel good, those dimples were still there. According to Dr. Bisson of Mesotherpie & Estitik , “mesotherapy" is a medical specialty that involves injecting microscopic quantities of natural extracts, homeopathic agents, pharmaceuticals and vitamins into the skin. It can be used to eliminate bumpiness, promote weight loss, treat aging skin and redundant (sagging) skin, and rejuvenate the hands and neck.”
The wraps looked promising and was very popular a few years ago. They literally “wrap” your legs up in saran wrap material and herbal cream to shrink the skin and reduce swelling. Again this is very temporary and costly. A salon wrap could be as high so buy an at home kit instead.
Laser therapy is the utilization of light wavelengths to create therapeutic effects which include reduced healing time, increased circulation and decreased edema and swelling.
The light therapy with the topical cream stimulates the production of collagen and breaks down the fat cells below the surface. Each treatment can run over one hundred dollars.
A new approach
I came across a British beauty expert Sarah Chapman's video which she describes a four-step process that includes a dry skin brushing. This is so simple an idea, I wonder why no one had mentioned it until now.
The first step is to explain what it is and why we have it.
The second step is to drink up to 8 glasses of water a day to flush out your system.
The third step is a change in lifestyle. Cutting out coffee, alcohol, drinking water and doing more exercise.
The fourth step is the most important. You must dry brush your entire body from the feet up,towards your heart,to move the lymph fluids and toxins away. A natural bristle brush is inexpensive and takes 15 minutes in the privacy of your home. This is the least expensive way to treat the problem and it seems to make sense.
Coffee for Cellulite Reduction
Coffee for smooth skin
Caffeine creams are the newest idea for smoothing out the bumpy appearance on the backside and legs. According to Dr. oz, the caffeine helps to break down the fat cells, by dehydrating them. As most coffee drinkers know, drinking a cup will make one urinate a gallon (or it seems that way)! The skin becomes tighter temporarily. This is a one-time application so be ready to apply daily.
Some people make their own concoction using ground coffee, sugar or salt, and olive oil. Used coffee grounds are added to sugar and olive oil to create a sort of paste. Some women do this method in the shower since it is messy. Rub the ingredients over your problem areas and let it sit a few minutes. Rinse it off in the shower. Be creative and experiment.
There are ready-made creams so maybe you'll have luck. Be sure to check the ingredients.
Epsom salt baths
I recently researched articles about the effects of Epsom salt baths have on cellulite. After watching an episode on Dr. Oz's show, I explored this further. The woman participant actually lost around an inch on her stomach and thighs after soaking 15-20 minutes in a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salts mixed with lavender. The lavender isn't essential; there are other scent and oils.
I tried the Epsom salt with eucalyptus oil bath now once a week and then upped it to twice a week. Now I can report that I did see some small difference. Although the change is temporary, it does help to drain some water and toxins from the skin. Reportedly, celebrities do this before appearing at public events. They look god so maybe they know something.
Summary of cellulite treatments
So there you have it. Cellulite is not a disease or imperfection; it's normal and everyone has some of it. As we age, the skin becomes thinner and so the fat below the skin starts to appear more.
There are lotions, creams, light therapy,coffee, brushing, exercise and diet modifications to try. One of these or a combination of these methods and products may reduce the appearance of bumpy thighs.
Your genetics plays a major role and so does your lifestyle. Sitting and eating sugars, carbohydrates and not exercising will definitely make a difference in your appearance. It's foolish to think it won't.
There's no sense beating yourself up over it and feeling bad about your body.
If your boyfriend or husband mocks you or is embarrassed by your dimples, just point and laugh at his own bumpy thighs. I've seen men with it as well!
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© 2009 Stacie L