Salon and spa treatments for cellulite are expensive and not available to everyone. For this reason it is worth discovering what you can do for yourself to reduce cellulite – all in the comfort of your own home.
Cellulite occurs when the connective tissue holding fats cells in place beneath the skin becomes weakened. The weakened connective tissue allows fat cells to protrude through into the basal layer of the skin and it is these protrusions that cause the bumps and dimples of cellulite.
When the fat cells are not contained in the proper manner other problems can be caused such as varicose veins and fluid retention.
Any home based treatment, if it is to be successful, must focus on restoring the strength and integrity of the connective tissues which will then be able to better contain the fat cells and improve circulation of both blood and lymph.
You may be wondering just how you can achieve all of that from home.
The first thing required is an improvement in circulation and this can be achieved by incorporating some form of aerobic activity into your daily regime for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. You do not have to make time to go to the gym – remember this is all about home treatments for cellulite. Think about what you can do at home – perhaps some vigorous housework or gardening; a brisk walk with the dog rather than a comfortable stroll; putting away or ignoring some of those labour saving devices and doing things the old fashioned way.
By persisting with some form of aerobic activity for 3 months you will begin to see a reduction in cellulite.
Use a gentle skin brush before bathing or showering everyday. Allow your skin to breathe and eliminate toxins to restore the health of the underlying structures. Incorporate some form of massage of the affected areas into your day. Once again, perhaps bath or shower time would be a good time to give your self a massage always remembering to keep massage strokes moving towards the heart.
Encouraging detoxification through diet is also an effective home treatment. Drink at least 8 large glasses of fresh water, filtered if possible, every day. Increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables for their fibre, nutrient and water content. Cut out the excess calories from your diet – whilst cellulite is not necessarily caused by obesity it is fat cells that cause the problem and the less of these there are the less stress there will be on the connective tissues.
Consider supplementing your diet with essential vitamins and minerals to support the natural repair processes of the body. Connective tissue needs an abundant supply of vitamin C and copper if it is to be able to produce the collagen it needs to stay in shape. Grape Seed Extract has a tightening effect on tissue and is found in many modern anti-oxidant supplements.
Your aim in self treating at home is to support the repair of the connective tissue and to do what you can to eliminate the underlying causes of cellulite whilst adopting a diet and lifestyle to prevent recurrence.