Published: 05/10/2014 - Updated: 07/21/2017
Cellulite is a problem that affects 80% of women and alarmingly this percentage is increasing. If you do not want to belong to this large affected group, here we will give you 11 simple tips to put into practice and keep skin free of these unsightly marks that resemble an orange skin.
First, it is important to know what cellulite is, what factors cause or aggravate it and if it is possible to erase or only attenuate it.
Cellulite is the alteration of connective tissue cells which connect muscles to the skin. It develops in the uppermost part of our three layers of fat. It is understood that cellulite is a buildup of fluid, fat and toxins.
It is not simply a matter of age or being overweight, however it is exclusively a woman's problem. Usually it appears after puberty, pregnancy or menopause, commonly caused by hormonal disorders and alterations when metabolizing fat in localized areas.
If you look, you can find cellulite on the upper medial and lateral thighs, maybe in the buttocks, hips, inner and upper parts of the knee, or the insides of the arms.
Why does it appear?
There has been talk that its appearance is almost inevitable in females, but it cannot be denied that obesity is a major contributing factor, along with sedentary lifestyles and the misuse of alcohol and tobacco. Stress can also be found on this black list, along with an unhealthy and calorific diet.
We can also suffer cellulite if we have circulatory problems and of course, genetic predisposition plays a part too.
Take note of the Eleven Tips
It's time to take note of the eleven tips we have detailed for you. Basically the key is to choose the healthiest foods and try to exercise as often as possible. Watch what you eat and leave behind any bad eating habits.
1. Consume Potassium
Potassium is a great ally in the fight against cellulite if you already have it, but in turn promotes and improves blood circulation to aid prevention in the first instance. Good sources of potassium can be found in bananas, avocados, carrots and other foods like spinach.
2. Drink water
Drink plenty of water from the moment you get up out of bed to start your day until you go to bed at night. This helps to improve circulation and improves your digestive system. You can drink pure water or water with a little lemon juice. Remember that juices do not count, it is better to drink liquid without any sugar content.
3. Eating times
Make it easy for yourself and do not skip meals: It is advisable to consume five meals per day. Living a stressful lifestyle with bad eating habits, combined with a lack of exercise are all favourable conditions for the emergence and development of cellulite.
4. Climbing stairs
If you do not have too much time for the gym, climbing stairs is an option for exercise, activating the heart and circulation and, therefore, fights skin which has the appearance of orange peel. Do not waste time and be more active!
5. Avoid tight clothing
Wearing clothes which are too tight for you may impede circulation and hinder reverse venous and lymphatic drainage, thereby promoting the appearance of cellulite.
6. Apply creams
Most formulas are created to use in the morning and evening. Spread them with massaging movements across your skin. Movements should always be toward the heart. For the legs, just make a circle with both hands and work up from the ankles to the abdomen, constantly applying upward pressure. On the abdomen it is best to perform a massage in concentric circles.
7. Baths for Hands and Feet
Use celandine herbs or ponytail. Try massaging yourself with your fingertips to break up cellulite cells and affirm tissues.
8. Practice sport
Swimming, biking, or taking a walk (in sand if possible) are the best exercises to fight cellulite.
9. Sculpting your skin
The emotional field also plays an important role in the formation of cellulite: Release any stress and anger inside of your body. With this in mind, try to brush your skin with a natural bristle brush once a day.
10. Take natural fibres
The natural fibres in food help your digestive system function properly and filter out any toxins.
11. Apply massages
The stimulation of the skin for a few minutes each day promotes proper blood circulation and removes deposits of fat. If you are using anti-cellulite cosmetics, do not forget that they will be more effective with massage.