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How to get rid of cellulite

Updated on February 3, 2014
Cellulite has been around for a long time!
Cellulite has been around for a long time! | Source

The image you see above Is "Étude de fesses," by Félix Vallotton, and was painted in 1884 – so you can see that cellulite has been around for a long time. Really the only thing that's changed is our perception of it. I very much doubt that you are likely to see any modern painters replicating this type of image , although Vallotton was often criticized for being too ruthlessly truthful.

In any case the simple fact is that nowadays nobody wants it and there are numerous ways to get rid of cellulite. I am, in this article, going to share some suggestions and products that you can use to help reduce cellulite. I spent many years as a professional beautician, and this question – of how to control , reduce, or remove cellulite is a question that comes up time and time again.

Drink plenty of water!
Drink plenty of water! | Source

Diet

First things first one really really simple way of helping to reduce if not the amount of cellulite, at least the way it looks, is to make sure you are properly hydrated. So drink lots and lots of water and when I say "lots and lots of water," I mean at least a gallon a day – yes – A gallon! Every day! This will help to make sure your skin is firm and reduces lumpiness.

Eat lots of whole-grain foods including both oats and bran cereals and plenty of fruits and vegetables in order to reduce the amount of toxins in your system. It also is a good idea to include either green or black tea or both in your diet because of the antioxidants in them. There are plenty of other foods with high antioxidants in them and there is a good list produced by the United States Department of Agriculture here.

Elemis Body Brush

Massage it away

There are a number of products that you can use to massage cellulite away, and I wrote an in-depth article about one of the best products which is body brushes here - and although there are many products available probably one of the best body brushes is this Elemis body brush.

This is a popular brush in health spas, and I certainly recommend it because of the fantastic build quality. This is not something you're going to wear out in five minutes flat, and Amazon usually have them on sale at around $30.

This brush comes apart so you can use it either with or without the handle. It has cactus bristles and is made to last. Extremely good value for money and probably the best cellulite removing body brush brush on the market. Does a very good job of smoothing out those lumpy bits. :D

Bliss Lean Machine

Electric massagers

Apart from the hand massagers and body brushes, there are a number of electric massagers available. This is one of the favorite ones, and you can expect to see results within a very short space of time, typically 5-7 days. It does take some getting used to, and some people complain that it's uncomfortable because it uses a kind of suction system to help smooth out the skin.

This is the machine that we tested in my last beauty parlor, and it can stand up to a fair amount years. Some people recommend using baby oil in order to reduce the suction impact, but I think that depends on the individual. Some people are more able to deal with than others. You will have to find out for yourself whether or not you are better able to cope with it, and if you're not just try some baby oil mixed in with the cream that comes with the machine.

Whether or not you favor an electric machine or a hand massager is going to be a matter of personal preference. I personally think that a hand massager is a far better option comma for a number reasons: one, it is less likely to break or go wrong; two, it is more environmentally friendly; and three, you get some exercise. I'll talk about the exercise shortly.

Bodishape Cellulite Reduction & Body Firming Cream

Cellulite creams

I am torn between recommending creams and physical activities, because I think it depends on the individual person. Some people report very good results from this particular cream, and others report absolutely no results at all. What I do recommend is to try this cream and if it doesn't work, take advantage of the hundred percent moneyback guarantee.

At the end of the day, your own body image is what is most important and even if this doesn't actually reduce the amount of cellulite, it apparently makes your skin feel fantastic, which may well help with the body image thing.

There are literally thousands of other products available, and as far as I can tell, all of them have both successes and failures. You're probably going to need to try several of them until you find one that works for you. And I heartily recommend that you combine any of these claims with the physical massager and diet and exercise. That seems to be a constant - combine things to make it work.

Exercise

Cellulite is just another form of fat, albeit particularly hard type fat to remove. Nevertheless regular exercise will help to lower the amount of fat on your body and help reduce cellulite. Regular exercise means at least three times a week. I'm not about to tell you exactly what exercise to do, because that will very much depend on you, your fitness level, and the amount of time you have available. We can't all be Bruce Lee and train with the kind of ferocious intensity that he used to train. If you are interested in the Bruce Lee work out, there is a good article here.

Really, none of the products or creams in this article are going to do you any good unless you combine them with proper diet and regular exercise. Once again, finding a diet and exercise regime that works for you is crucial. Oddly enough, I just changed my exercise regime to include P90X workouts because I was bored with static exercise machines. "Whatever works for you," is my motto, And I'm not here to tell you exactly how you should go about dealing with your cellulite, but probably a lifestyle change needs to be part of the solution.

As I mentioned earlier is no need to follow the Bruce Lee workout, because he was a professional athlete. I'm not really going to too many details, but you could do worse than try the P 90 X training program. My current favorite - especially during the winter when you need to work out indoors.

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