So cellulite, we meet again. Every time that summer comes around, it seems that you are a lot more eager to make your appearance present. You have the knack of luring us in with yummy treats and hours of laziness on the couch, and then you slowly but surely creep up on us with your dimples and cottage cheese effect on our skin. You know that women aren’t as active as they should be nowadays and you definitely take advantage of that. You sly little devil, you. No matter, challenge accepted. We are prepared to fight you down with tons of lotions, healthy food, butt exercises and procedures and we are willing to give all that we have to make it possible (even if it means spending a small fortune at the clinic). We are women, we are strong, fierce and ready to bust every last trace of cellulite on our beautiful bodies. We come armed with determination, persistence and will power that you will never be able to knock down. In addition to this, we are inventive and ambitious and we know what we have to do in order to never meet you again. You know what the best part of the situation is? We know that we have a wide variety of alternatives for knocking you down and making you stay down for good. Join us, the super women of the United States, and learn about these 9 options for cellulite treatment. Together we can fight for our rights to smooth skin, a killer body and a huge boost in self-confidence!
1. Skin Care
One of the first steps in successfully combatting cellulite is taking good care of your skin. Even though it may seem simple at first, the process involves lots of tender love and care and quite a bit of your free time, but it is definitely worth it in the end. You can start by simply exfoliating your skin as often as you can. There are many types of over the counter exfoliators available, but if you like do it yourself projects at home, you can make your own exfoliating substance. You will need an abrasive base (we recommend sugar, coffee or salt, preferably Epsom salt) and a hydrating agent, like an essential oil. The second step is really a lot simpler than you thought: just take the two main ingredients and mix them well until they form a grungy paste. Apply it directly to your skin and gently massage the problem areas, scraping away the dead skin cells that are quite a large part of the problem. Afterwards, wash off your skin and repeat frequently. Not only will you see an improvement in the condition of your cellulite, but you will also love how your skin remains smooth and silky after the dead cells are gone. Another option you have is buying anti cellulite creams from your local pharmacy, but you should know that not all of them work in cellulite removal. However, some creams that contain retinol are known for supporting the reduction of cellulite, so make sure to always check the label of a product for its ingredients. If you are in the mood for hitting the spa, you can try out a few anti cellulite massage treatments or even get a body wrap to sweat those dimples away from your buttocks, legs, thighs or arms. Nevertheless, we recommend that you stay away from brands like Endermologie or Synergie, because they might cost more than you would have expected without noticeable results.
2. RF Treatment
If you are scared of surgery, needles and all that other scary medical stuff, you can opt for a non invasive treatment with the help of radio frequency machines. A popular device used for RF cellulite treatment with infrared is Velashape, but you can opt for pure radiofrequency energy from machines like Thermage, Accent or Tripollar. But what exactly is radiofrequency and what does it do? Consultingroom.com explains that radiofrequency is “is the number of oscillations (or waves) per second of the electric and magnetic fields within the radio waves portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.” That may seem a little bit like gibberish at first, but it basically means that radiofrequency energy has the ability to penetrate into your skin and work from the inside out. Even though it might appear to be a complicated process, it really is not that hard to obtain or find and can be accessed in cities like NYC, Washington DC, Miami, Las Vegas or San Francisco easily.
3. New Body, New You
You might not be aware of it, but basic life choices that you are making are highly affecting your skin and all-around health. No matter how much you love going out and partying until the morning, you should know that each and every one of those lost nights are causing great damage to your health and that they are also one of the reasons for the appearance of cellulite on your skin. Instead of hitting the clubs every weekend, try to go to bed earlier and wake up in the morning to get a bit more exercise in. Not only will you feel super fresh, but you will also be well rested and ready to conquer another day of free time instead of spending it passed out on the couch. In addition to this, you need to spend less time in front of the TV or computer and get out of the house more. We know how much you love lazy Sundays watching the new episodes of your favorite TV series on Netflix, but you should understand that it really is not bringing you any benefits. It might seem difficult at first if you are used to an unhealthy lifestyle, but you will gradually get used to it and feel fantastic in your skin.
4. Water in Abundance
Drinking is excellent for effective cellulite removal, but make sure that there is not any alcohol involved. In order to steer clear of cellulite, you need to drink lots and lots of good ‘old water to keep your body hydrated. This means that at least eight glasses or the equivalent of two liters of water should be drunk every single day to stay healthy and happy. For some people drinking that much water is a true challenge and they really can’t seem to get it all in. In these situations, you can brew some sugarless herbal tea and drink it either hot or cooled for your daily intake of water. Another alternative is slicing a few pieces of lemon, lime or grapefruit and adding them to your glasses of water for a little bit more flavor so you can wash it down. Make sure that you stay away from coffee and beer as much as possible and try to avoid sugary drinks at all costs. If you still feel the need for a little sweetness in your beverage, you can add a teaspoon of natural honey to make it taste better.
5. Move it, Move it
You’d better like to move it, move it. You might dream of a butt like Kim Kardashian has, but you should know that it all comes with the price of cellulite. When it comes down to busting cellulite for good, you really cannot get away with a lack of exercise. You can spend as much money as possible on various treatments, but nothing will be as effective (and healthy, for that matter) as keeping your body and mind trained with the help of exercise. You can search for specific leg or thigh exercises, or you can go for full out cardio or strength workouts that will keep you pumped for an hour or even more (depending on your endurance). If hitting the gym or running alone in the park is not your thing, you can look into a team sport or group physical activity that allows you to work with more people to reach your goals together. Some of the group activities we recommend are yoga, aerobics, pilates, contemporary dance and other forms of street dance, as well as water exercises like water aerobics. If you want a team sport, you can try out basketball, baseball / softball, soccer or volleyball for hours of fun and health with a group of people that share the same objective as you.
6. Laser Therapy
Whether we like it or not, the only tried and tested and widely supported procedure for getting rid of cellulite is laser therapy. It is impossible to count the positive reviews that this form of cellulite treatment has enjoyed (especially since Cellulase was launched), and the numbers are getting ever higher as time passes. It might seem a little scary at first, but laser therapy really is not that much of a big deal. It does not involve cutting you up and performing complicated surgery, it just means that a tiny incision will be made in the area where you want to get rid of cellulite where a laser will be introduced. It is a one time treatment that is said to have fantastic effects in the long run, especially if you additionally take care of your body by eating healthy foods and exercising from time to time. The only huge downside to laser treatment is that it can get very expensive, depending on how many areas with cellulite you want to treat. Just know this, before you go to a laser therapy clinic for treatment you should have a few thousand dollars saved up to be safe. It might not be an option available for everybody’s budget, but we recommend that those who can afford it should certainly try it out.
7. Injectable Treatment
If you do not faint at the sight of a needle, you might want to consider mesotherapy, or injectable treatment, as an option for cellulite treatment. The only side effects of this procedure are minor and can be under the form of a slight burning sensation (that only lasts for about fifteen minutes) and slight soreness or swelling (that could last a few days). A typical mesotherapy session begins by discussing with the therapist about the procedure and learning about what will happen. Afterwards, the areas with cellulite meant for treatment are identified and mapped with the help of a marker. Before the injection is made, the area is disinfected with alcohol so the skin is cleaned. The actual liquid injected under the skin is somewhat like a cocktail of medications that have the objective of treating the problems from under the skin in order to make the surface look great.
8. Say No to Drugs
Even though it’s a no-brainer that you should not be consuming any illegal drugs that can threaten your life, when we speak about “saying no to drugs”, we are actually referring to the drugs you can find in almost any store and that you are probably consuming every day. We are talking about alcohol, cigarettes and coffee, some of the greatest and most dangerous drugs that are widely available. These three culprits have horrible effects on both your skin and your health and are one of the main causes of aging, skin damage and the appearance of cellulite. You would be surprised to know how fattening alcohol is and how much it can actually dehydrate your body instead of hydrating it. You are probably already quite well aware of the impact that smoking has on your body, so we won’t go into details there. The bottom line is that you should stay away from these legal drugs and replace them with healthy factors like natural juice, water and fruits and vegetables instead.
9. Magic Formula
We would be so happy if there really was a magic formula out there could make cellulite disappear, but the truth is that no method, no matter how natural, healthy or expensive it may seem, will guarantee the lifelong removal of cellulite. We hate to break it to you, but this condition worsens with age and it will be more and more difficult to maintain healthy skin as the years pass. However, what you can do is create a great balance between exercise and a healthy diet in order to keep dimples away. If a magic formula existed, it really would be based on these two main factors. Stay strong and fight off that orange peel!
Photo credits: Cellulazefacts.com, NYT.com.