Cellulite is a common phenomenon for women and one doesn't have to be overweight or obese to have it.
The dimpled-looking skin or "orange peel" skin in our thigh region is called cellulite. It is called orange-peel skin due to its texture. It's quite common and unlike popular opinion, it is not limited to overweight folks. It forms when fatty tissue deep in the skin pushes up against connective tissue, as per Healthline. More than 85% of women over the age of 21 have cellulite, regardless of shape, race, and ethnicity. It's not very common for men to have cellulite.
While it mostly shows up on the thighs as that area has more fatty tissue, it's not limited to that region. There are also many reasons that increase our chances of getting it. A few of the causes of cellulite are age, estrogen, family history, tissue inflammation, increased fatty tissue caused by weight gain, loss of collagen, and more.
Magazines tell us often how to get rid of cellulite, just like they tell us to get rid of all the tiny little flaws that make us human. However, if you do want to reduce it naturally, without going under the knife, here are seven things that could help:
Massaging the region can help reduce cellulite. You could do it yourself or hire a professional to do so. Massaging the area could improve the lymphatic drainage and by stretching your skin tissue. This may reduce the cellulite dimples as well. Massage creams often claim that they can reduce cellulite but they alone can't make it go away without a massage process. Also, massaging once won't be enough; it has to be done consistently to achieve and maintain the desired results.
None of these methods might be effective by themselves and some of them might have to be used in combination with others. One of the easiest and low-cost ways is to drink more water since that can help with reducing cellulite. It will keep you hydrated, aid weight loss, encourage circulation and lymphatic flow, and help promote good skin. Staying hydrated has multiple benefits.
There aren't scientific studies that support that this method works but there is anecdotal evidence, according to Wellness Mama. This is a kind of massage where a dry brush is used to make long sweeps from down to up, towards the heart. You can start at your feet and move up towards the heart. Then, from the arms to the chest. However, avoid brushing too hard as the purpose is to stimulate the skin but not make it irritated or red. It also removes dry skin from knees, elbows, and ankle.
There are many foods that can help increase skin elasticity and circulation. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants are more likely to help our body get rid of toxins that cause cellulite. So, grab a lot of berries with your meals or mangoes, bananas, and papayas. Foods rich in vitamin C are another way to boost skin elasticity. They can also boost collagen levels in the skin, which keeps our skin taut, according to Mirror UK.
Working out and weight loss, both help towards reducing cellulite. Certain exercises like squats and lunges can help tighten the skin around the thigh area and that can help reduce cellulite. Exercise isn't a confirmed method of losing cellulite but having stronger muscles and tighter skin can definitely help, as per Healthline. Other ways of working out like walking, swimming, cycling, are also likely to reduce the fatty tissues.
Reducing excess body fat can help with decreasing cellulite. However, cellulite isn't restricted to overweight or obese people. It can happen to anyone at any weight. A combination of a healthy diet and exercise is more likely to have a good impact in the longer run.