How to Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally
Cellulite – it’s a problem many people deal with at nearly any age.
It looks like cottage cheese that has settled under the skin, lumpy and unsightly. There are many creams and treatments available to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but you can make your own natural treatments right at home.
How to Naturally Diminish the Appearance of Cellulite
Locate Problem Areas
Most cellulite creeps up on the thighs, but it can occur anywhere skin overlays fat tissue. This means the thighs, arms, belly, and even the back can be affected. (And guys, it’s not just women who get it. You can have unsightly cellulite too!)
Clean the Area
Before treating any areas, I recommend taking a shower to wash the areas well. This will do a few things. First, it will remove dead skin cells and get them out of the way. Next, it helps to open pores so ingredients in your natural treatments can be more effective.
Prepare a Workspace & Gather Supplies
You’ll also want to clear the area where you’ll be working. Find a place where you have privacy and can get comfortable (because you may not be wearing much, and treatments can take a while.) I like to do this outside if I can, wearing a bathing suit so I can get to my legs without having to remove a lot of clothing. Of course, my yard is shielded from onlookers. Another good choice would be the bathroom, as long as you can get comfortable in there. If the weather is cool or you have close neighbors, you can place a towel or other waterproof material on your couch and use that. I have a crib pad that is waterproof on one side that I use just for this occasion.
Ingredients will be “wrapped” on your skin, so gather some kind of binding, like old thin towels. Old baby blankets work well for this purpose. Fill a bucket with warm water to make dipping with the towels easy.
Choosing Natural Ingredients
So how to get rid of cellulite? There are several natural strategies that help diminish the appearance of cellulite.
1. Fruit acids – This includes papaya, pineapple, apples, citrus fruits, and pumpkins. All of these contain fruit acids that will act like a natural, and very mild, chemical peel. Depending on the area being treated, you’ll need a cup to a few cups of fruit puree.
2. Activated charcoal – This is another great ingredient for treating cellulite. It helps pull toxins out of the body and acts as a mild abrasive. (Find it here) This is an optional ingredient that can be added to your fruit puree.
3. Abrasive ingredients – You’ll also need some kind of abrasive, a bit coarser than charcoal. This will provide friction and help increase circulation. Ground oats, medium grain sugar (such as demerara), or medium grain salt, or ground coffee all work well. Caffeine stimulates blood flow, helping with the appearance of cellulite, so you must use regular (not decaf) coffee.
- Mix ingredients. I generally use 1 cup of fruit puree (with optional activated charcoal added in), and 1 cup of abrasive ingredients to start with. Mix together well until a thick paste is achieved. Add a little water at a time if needed to thin it out. Note: If using activated charcoal, be sure to use non-metal bowls and utensils when measuring and mixing.
- Scoop out a small handful and apply it to problem areas. Work the mix over the skin in circular motions, scrubbing for a few minutes. Be sure to hit each area well.
- DO NOT RINSE! When you are done scrubbing, dip your thin towels into the warm water and wring out most of the excess water. Leave them damp, but not dripping. Wrap around the areas where you have applied cellulite scrub.
- Get comfortable and read a book or relax for about 30 minutes.
- Remove towels and rinse off well in the shower. (Be sure to wash it off very well or it could itch as it dries!)
A Few Notes
You can follow with a moisturizer if desired, but I find that the actions and the ingredients leave my skin soft and smooth. You can do this scrub/wrap up to twice a week, but more frequently may irritate your skin.
I like to do cellulite treatments a few weeks before spring hits since I know I’ll be wearing shorts as soon as warm weather arrives. I also do it in the fall when pumpkins are in season. Keep in mind you can freeze pumpkin for up to a year if you want to do it at other times of the year.
Have you tried natural cellulite treatments? If so, did they work? Tell us about it!