How to get rid of cellulite
Cellulite is something that around 85% of women in the UK have to deal with at some point in their lives. 10% of men also have to deal with it.
Gender unfairness aside, loads of us humans are united by cellulite, and often by a mildly hostile dislike for it.
Thankfully, cellulite is not a fatal affliction. It’s just annoying to have around sometimes, and irritatingly stubborn. Cellulite is like your drunk aunt who’s determined to get her slightly slurred point across after one too many cheeky cocktails. She’s not a bad lady, she’s part of the family, but sometimes it would be nice if she just toned it down a bit.
Through the ages, countless members of female-kind have striven to find the secret of how to get rid of cellulite. Well, here at grüum we have filtered through the old wives tales and the new scientific advice to create a deliciously balanced meal of knowledge about how to get rid of cellulite. For those who don’t care much for their skin dimples, let us confront this inconvenient symptom of evolution together: thigh on.
As well as the thighs, cellulite is most commonly found around the buttocks, hips and abdomen. When it’s feeling a little adventurous, cellulite can even be found being a bit annoying around the breasts, belly and upper arms. It causes the skin around these areas to take on a softly dimpled and textured appearance, a little like the skin of an orange.
Though we’ve all heard the vague notion that cellulite is to do with being overweight, there’s actually much more to it than meets the eye. Cellulite occurs in a huge percentage of women with incredibly different body shapes and weights. This is because it’s much more to do with the composition of your fibrous tissue than it is to do with how much you weigh.
Fibrous tissue is a common connective tissue of the body and acts as an internal barrier between your skin and your fat cells. It is composed of parallel elastic and collagen fibres, which help maintain the structure of your skin. Cellulite occurs when fatty deposits push into the connective tissue beneath the skin and get stuck there, causing that dimpled effect we all know only too well.
The reason women have such an unfair advantage in the game of ‘who has the most cellulite’ is thought to be because within women, though our fibrous tissue is strong and dense, it is laid out in a somewhat more linear fashion than the male equivalent. Men’s connective tissue has a more latticed structure, meaning that it is less easily penetrated. Sigh.
So cellulite is not just a problem that can be fixed by losing a few pounds, it has much more to do with keeping your skin healthy - the collagen within your fibrous tissue to be exact. As the collagen within your tissue loses strength and the elastic fibres lose elasticity, they become more easily penetrated. This is why cellulite seems to get worse as you get older. It’s not because getting older is to blame, but simply because as you get older, your fibrous tissue loses strength and elasticity, thereby causing your cellulite to appear more prominent.
So, it looks like how to get rid of cellulite is a lot more to do with building up your collagen - which is handy, because a collagen-rich diet is very beneficial for many parts of your body. Why not tick a load of boxes at once? With a few lifestyle changes, you can ease your drunk aunt down to nothing more than a bit of tipsy chatter.
Firstly, even though controlling cellulite isn’t about dieting, it is about a healthy diet. If you take good care of yourself on the inside, it will show on the outside. Here are a few foods that will help your body to increase the synthesis of collagen, and prevent its breakdown. This diet will encourage strong and supple skin, and will, in turn, reduce the appearance of cellulite:
- Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, herring - anything high in omega 3)
- Beef bone broth (excellent for the production of collagen specifically for the skin)
- Leafy greens (no surprise there then)
- Avocados (amazing in so many ways for your body, but in particular avocados contain antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and when ingested, avocados can stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin)
- Citrus fruits (these are packed full of vitamin C and can help the amino acids proline and lysine to convert to collagen in the skin)
- Eggs (actually contain collagen in the yolk and in the membrane, as well as sulphur, which encourages collagen production)
- Berries (contain ellagic acid, which is known to prevent collagen breakdown)
- Tomatoes (rich in the antioxidant lycopene which can help prevent collagen breakdown, and encourage collagen synthesis)
- Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts (quite a few nuts and seeds contain things that are excellent for collagen production - look for foods that are rich in zinc in particular)
- Garlic (contains sulphur, as mentioned above. Also see garlic’s cousins chives, onions, spring onions and the like)
- Chia seeds (a vegan alternative to getting some omega 3 in you)
Alongside this, it’s very important to stay hydrated to maintain the elasticity of your skin and to cleanse your body of various toxins. We all know how much better we feel when we’ve had a glass of water - well, it’ll help your skin out dramatically. Try to avoid excessive salt consumption as too much salt can cause your fat cells to swell, making them more pronounced and your cellulite a little more showy-offy.
Exercise is (unsurprisingly) helpful as well - not just to reduce the appearance of your cellulite, but also to maintain your mental health. If you engage in physical exercise a few times a week, you’ll be flooded with lovely endorphins which will make you feel amazing, and you’ll improve your circulation, which is great for your skin.
After you’ve done all that exercise, you’ll need to wind down. Well, luckily for you there’s a particular home remedy for how to get rid of cellulite that is highly recommended and requires little effort. Massaging the cellulite-affected areas can break up the fluids, thereby stimulating circulation and reducing the appearance of your cellulite. You can do this with a body brush, for a basic treatment, OR you can take it one step further and turn to your lovely smelling and slightly addictive friend: coffee.
But this time it’s not for drinking. Get ready, this is one of the best old wives tales available, intertwined beautifully with actual science.
When applied topically, caffeine can stimulate the dilation of your fibrous tissues which in turn plumps up the skin so that cellulite appears less obvious. It also improves your circulation which helps with the breakdown of fat cells. As well as this, caffeine is packed full of antioxidants which help to spur on collagen production.
As if this all wasn’t magical enough, a coffee scrub will also act as an exfoliant for your skin, so that as well as reducing the appearance of your cellulite you will also be getting rid of any tired skin cells to reveal soft, glowing skin!
As we mentioned earlier, it’s important to take care of yourself inside and out. However, if you’re looking for a quick pre-beach fix, a coffee scrub might be the answer you’ve been looking for, as it can reduce the appearance of your cellulite for around a week after application. Our coconut and coffee skrub ticks all the boxes, naturally exfoliating, nourishing and illuminating the skin whilst tackling cellulite. If applied regularly, alongside a healthy, collagen-promoting diet, it’ll tone things down while leaving you smoothly glowing and smelling like a high-class barista - mmmmm.