If you want to reduce the appearance of cellulite but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on lasers and high-tech creams (that may not be so effective anyway), we’ve got you covered with these home remedies for cellulite. There’s plenty you can do on your own to look better and increase your body confidence.
Some basic things include staying out of the sun (as UV rays damage collagen, making cellulite more noticeable), not smoking (as smoking not only floods your body with toxins, it also damages collagen), exercising (which improves blood flow and helps tighten the body for a sleeker look) and eating an anti-cellulite diet (which you can read more about here.)
Other things you can do include using natural and inexpensive ingredients. Here are four of the most effective home remedies for cellulite.
Homemade Coffee Scrubs to Stop Cellulite
Have you ever wondered what to do you with your used coffee grounds? Now you have an answer – use it to combat cellulite!
Coffee is a common ingredient of cellulite creams and lotions due to its high caffeine concentration. You may know that caffeine can dehydrate you; well, it does the same with cells, too. When it’s in contact with cellulite, it actually draws water out of those cells temporarily, making them shrink and making your skin look smoother and less dimpled.
Coffee body scrubs won’t actually make your cellulite go away, but they can make it look a lot better, especially if you use a caffeine treatment regularly. Here are some recipes for homemade scrubs that are inexpensive and will do the trick.
Simplest Coffee Body Scrub
¼ cup of coffee grounds
3 tbsp. olive oil
Coffee and Coconut Body Scrub
Here you get the benefits of coffee plus the amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil as well.
¼ cup of coffee grounds
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. coconut oil
Mix together (you may need to warm up the coconut oil if it’s solid) and scrub on the body, focusing on cellulite-prone areas. Leave the coffee mixture in contact with the problem areas for at least a few minutes, then rinse off.
Dry Skin Brushing
This home remedy for fighting cellulite takes just a few minutes every day and one inexpensive tool. That tool is the dry skin brush.
Dry skin brushing is what it sounds like: brushing the skin while it’s dry (as opposed to wet in the shower or bath). It improves circulation by getting blood flowing and it revs up the lymphatic system, helping your body in its natural detoxifying process. Many people believe that cellulite accumulates due to a buildup of toxins in the body, so ridding the body of toxins may help.
Find a dry skin brush online or from many beauty stores; you can get a good one for under $10. Start at your feet and brush in short, firm strokes upwards towards your heart, moving up through the calves, thighs, stomach, buttocks, and back. Focus on areas with cellulite to break up the fatty deposits that give that characteristic “orange peel” look. Once you reach your heart, start on your arms, working from the hands in towards your shoulders. It takes just a few minutes but will leave you feeling invigorated and your skin smooth.
You’ll get the best results if you do this on dry skin, so don’t put on oils or lotions first. It’s a great morning habit to get into, especially before exercising or showering, and it takes just a few minutes.
If you believe in the toxin theory of cellulite, then you’ll definitely want to take a couple detoxifying baths every month. The great part is that a detox bath recipe can be really personal, incorporating your favorite essential oils for their fragrance or health properties. Here are two basic recipes:
Salt Detox Bath Recipe
¼ cup apple cider vinegar OR baking soda
¼ cup of Sea salt
¼ cup of Epsom salt
essential oils (as desired)
Add each ingredient separately into your bath and relax for at least 15 minutes.
How does the salt work to detoxify? It’s believed that the different concentrations of minerals inside and outside your body cause reverse osmosis, where salts come out of your body into the bathwater, bringing heavy metals and other toxins along with them. At the same time, the minerals in the salts and the vinegar, like magnesium and potassium, nourish your skin.
Essential oils believed to be especially helpful for detoxifying the body include juniper oil, peppermint oil, laurel oil, and mandarin oil.
Seaweed-Salt Detox Bath Recipe
½ cup Seaweed Powder (you can order online or find in a health food store)
½ cup Sea Salt
essential oils (as desired)
Seaweed is valued as a cellulite fighter because it contains iodine, which helps raise the metabolism and burn more fat, and other minerals that improve lymph and blood flow.
Massage focusing on your thighs, buttocks, and other areas with cellulite increases blood flow, helping detoxify and letting your body heal. By using certain techniques that target the fatty deposits beneath the skin, you can “spread out” the fat cells, so they don’t bulge together through the skin.
It’s as simple as grabbing some high-quality oil (good oils for cellulite massage include coconut, almond, and olive) and taking 5-10 minutes for a self-massage. One massage technique involves pinching and squeezing the sections of skin where cellulite is noticeable. Another uses a hand-wringing motion to physically break up the fat under the skin.
As with the detox bath, you can add essential oils to your base massage oil to customize it. In addition to the detoxifying essential oils listed above, consider adding some that help with circulation and blood flow, like eucalyptus and black pepper.