It’s been called everything from cottage cheese to dimples; but let’s get real for a moment and define cellulite for what it is – quite simply, an unwanted house guest. So how do we get rid of it? Don’t despair! Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Want to learn the ways that you can eliminate (or at the very least, minimize) fat’s not-so-friendly cousin, cellulite? Featured here are top tips for how to get rid of cellulite.
Eating a clean, high-fiber diet, consuming plenty of water, and getting consistent exercise can help prevent cellulite. But, just because someone is in shape doesn’t mean they’re in the clear.
In technical terms, cellulite occurs “when the bands of fibrous tissue that surrounds the fat cells are tight, hard or rigid, that fat between the muscle and skin bulges causing the bands to dimple and cellulite to result”. [Source: New Beauty, Summer-Fall 2009 Issue]
Did you know there are different types of cellulite? Doctors have identified four categories – from grade zero (the lucky few who don’t have any visible cellulite, even when the skin is pinched) to grade three (where the skin has a bumpy appearance even when the person is standing or laying down). And that’s not all! They go even further by differentiating soft cellulite (which sits closer on the surface of the skin, and appears soft and saggy) versus hard cellulite (which resides closer to or on the muscle, and is more difficult to see).
Fortunately, there are several methods that have been proven to help remove cellulite, from Endermologie (a massaging machine that releases fat using motorized rollers on the skin), to Photomology technology (which is a laser-based procedure that targets problem areas), to Liposuction (which is an invasive surgery that permanently removes fat).
If you’re not up for spending thousands of dollars to look model-perfect, that’s understandable. The (cheap and) easy ways to minimize the look of cellulite are to use the dry-brushing technique (using a dry brush or loofah, such as the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush) to stimulate the skin by brushing in an upward motion, applying caffeine-infused lotions (such as the FatGirlSlim treatment from Bliss) to temporarily plump up the skin and minimize the look of cellulite, and getting deep tissue massages.