Now that swimsuit season is rolling around, it’s time to get our bodies back into gear! One topic that comes up a lot during this time of year is cellulite – in fact, one of our own T&T members left this comment on our June Theme post:
Girl, I feel you! With all these magazines that promise “cellulite-busting workouts” and beauty products that say they’ll “get rid of cellulite” floating around, how are you supposed to know what’s true and what’s not?? As a new momma who’s still in the midst of her Mommy Makeover journey, cellulite is a topic that I definitely want to know the truth about as well. I did a little digging and this is what I found:
The majority of women have it.
Cellulite affects 90% of women, no matter their body size. So whatever misconceptions about cellulite being something to be ashamed about are wrong!
What is it?
Basically, cellulite happens when fat cells push into the skin’s middle layer and pull on connective tissue. This creates the appearance of cellulite “dimples”. Anything from hormones to genetics to diet can cause cellulite. The bottom line is – cellulite is not just associated with any certain body type. Anything from your skin’s natural thickness to how fast your natural metabolism is can affect how prominent it appears.
It can be prevented
Eating healthy, low fat foods can help you avoid cellulite, as well as exercising regularly. Drinking lots of water (especially with lemon) and eating a high-fiber diet can prevent it as well.
There isn’t a real cure
Eating a healthy diet, exercising and exfoliating areas of your body with cellulite can all help reduce its appearance, but it won’t cure it permanently. However, massaging can stimulate circulation and break up the fluids beneath your skin, which can make your skin appear more even. Recently, a new laser treatment emerged called Cellulaze which is supposed to be able to get rid of cellulite surgically. The results are impressive, but it’s expensive – around $5,000 – $7,000 dollars!
In case you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars towards a laser treatment, there is a simple DIY scrub that will help tighten your skin I love. Here’s the instructions:
DIY Coffee Cellulite Scrub
½ cup coffee grounds
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup olive oil
Mix ingredients together in large bowl.
Apply in a circular motion to targeted areas on the body (approx. 5 min)
Rinse off with warm water
Pat dry with a towel and moisturize
The caffeine and antioxidants in the coffee grounds stimulate and dilate your blood vessels, which tones and tightens the tissue. The sugar further helps exfoliate and the olive oil gives a big dose of hydration and plumping.
Now you finally have something to do with the grounds after you brew yourself a cup of fresh coffee!
**If this whole process sounds a bit messy to you, try one of these amazing full-body exfoliators instead
Remember, everyone’s body is different and the most beautiful bodies are the healthy ones! God created us all differently, so the most important thing is to love the body you’ve been given and treat it well 🙂
What are your thoughts towards cellulite? If any of you try this scrub, tell me about your experience afterwards!