It’s official—bikini season is here and we are ready for some fun in the sun! But before you run outside in your new little swimsuit, make sure to check out these four natural ways to reduce cellulite.
Cellulite is something many women have and consider a problem area, but there’s no need for major treatments or a dramatic procedures. Try one of these natural ways to help diminish the appearance of those unwanted dimples and achieve supple, radiant skin all over your body.
1. Consume Collagen
Collagen is mainly composed of amino acids known as glycine and proline, but many people don’t eat them in adequate amounts since they come from parts of the animal that are rarely eaten such as bones, fibrous tissues, and organs. Although, what most are not aware of is that consuming collagen is great for skin, hair, and nail growth, and also supports a healthy immune function and reduces cellulite—but why?
This is because foods with collagen contain building blocks for healthy connective tissue—something our bodies lack since we don’t eat glycine and proline in our foods. While shopping at the grocery store for bones and organs isn’t ideal (or appetizing), there’s great collagen supplements that you can try, such as this favorite of ours by Vital Proteins. Consuming it on a regular basis can help form healthy connective tissues and reduce cellulite in the body.
2. Get a Myofascial Massage
It’s believed that cellulite forms in the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue beneath the skin that contains fat cells. Superficial fascia is known to be fibrous, but due to inactivity, injuries, and lack of exercise, scar tissue in the fascia can form and therefore contribute to the dimpled look of skin.
Luckily, there are some therapists who are able to perform a special type of massage called myofascial or myofascial release. This massage smoothes the fibrous layer of connective tissue, helping reduce cellulite, and can also ease muscle and joint pains that are related to imbalances in the fascia. But for those who don’t have access to a massage on a regular basis, you can also use a deep tissue foam roller regularly, which can help diminish the appearance of cellulite as well.
3. Have a Detox Bath
Detox baths are amazing because they are oh-so relaxing, but that’s not all they’re great for—the little salts draw out the toxins from your body and are also known to help reduce cellulite. Since cellulite hides in toxins that build up in the skin and fat tissues, having regular detox baths that extract toxins can help you steer clear of unwanted dimples and ripples.
If you’re looking for good bath salts that really work, try our very own Detoxing Bath Salt. Just pour half the jar into the bath tub and submerge yourself for 15 minutes. If you do this once or twice a week regularly, you will feel a deeply cleansed and be on your way glowing beautiful skin.
4. Use Coffee Scrub
Oddly enough, coffee scrub is also great for reducing cellulite. To make this scrub you’ll only need ¼ cup of coffee grounds, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 2-3 tablespoons of our favorite coconut oil. Combine all the ingredients to create a pasty consistency and store in a glass jar at room temperature. Using firm pressure, massage into the skin for several minutes and wash off with warm water when finished. Do this two to three times a week and the visible results will soon follow.
But how does this remedy help diminish cellulite? Simply put, massaging the grounds into the skin exfoliates and stimulates the blood flow, while the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect on the skin.