by Sara Rehart
It’s perfectly normal to feel insecure about cellulite, especially when summer comes around and the hemlines just keep getting shorter and shorter. It’s a universal trait that most ladies have to deal with because of a hormone unique only to women. Cellulite, simply put, is the appearance of skin dimples that is caused by a “herniation” (rupture) of fat within fibrous connective tissues. While it’s a topical skin condition that is difficult to treat, there are ways to reduce its appearance and improve the tone of your legs as a whole.
The most effective way to beat cellulite is exercise! By adding 20 minutes of cardio and strength training to your daily regimen at least 3x a week, studies have shown a “dramatic reduction” in dimpling after just 2 months. Strength training exercises like squats and lunges can be very effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite because they target lower body muscle groups that are most prone to cellulite, like thighs and bum. For cardio, the treadmill, bike and elliptical machines are great substitutes to going out for a jog because these machines get your heart pumping and increase fat burning and blood circulation.
Apart from exercise, exfoliating and dry brushing the troublesome areas are also helpful in reducing “orange peel” skin. Dry brushing consists of exfoliating your body in a completely dry state using a fibrous brush in a circular motion directed towards your heart. It claims to remove dead skin layers, improve blood circulation, tighten skin, and in doing so, reduces cellulite. On top of these methods, topical anti-cellulite creams and serums should also be applied to help rid your body of cellulite. Some key cosmetic ingredients one should look for in an anti-cellulite product are caffeine, L-Carnitine, and retinol. Caffeine has the ability to constrict blood vessels, L-carnitine assists with the transport of fatty acid cells, and retinol stimulates the production of collagen, which helps smooth skin.
While there still is no proven procedure that guarantees the removal of cellulite, these methods will decrease its appearance leading to a more confident you!