I know I know it’s winter so you’re thinking what on earth is she writing about cellulite for now!!! But just stick with me because what you do now could prevent you from having a meltdown in Spring leading you to do take drastic action with expensive treatments and crash dieting leading to low self esteem and decreased body confidence.
Our healthy habits need to be year round and during the winter there are a few things you can do to ensure your cellulite doesn’t get too comfortable enabling you to spring into summer with less dimpled skin and more energy and confidence.
But first of all lets look at what cellulite actually is!
It is very simply fat deposits underneath the skin causing a cottage cheese or dimply appearance. Even the thinnest girls can suffer from cellulite as there are so many causes ranging from hormones, genetics, diet and lifestyle. It has even been suggested that wearing underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
HERE’S MY TOP 6 TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR CELLULITE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE THIS WINTER
- Make some lifestyle changes
like quitting smoking, reducing your processed foods and alcohol intake, eating more fruits, vegetables and fiber and drinking more water can help. We all need to hydrate much more than we think. A lot of us naturally feel we need more water in summer as it’s hot and we are sweating more but it’s actually just as important in the winter too. Increase you fluids with hot herbal teas and warm lemon water!
2. Get your blood flowing
It is really important to get out there and exercise as cellulite forms in the areas of least circulation, so if you’re sitting on your bum all day that’s exactly where you’ll have cellulite.
3. Have a massage
A great massage that stimulates lymphatic flow can help reduce the orange peel effect but like anything prevention is better than cure. During my pregnancy I was incredibly healthy and I noticed a dramatic decrease in my cellulite as opposed to my early modeling days where we survived on a diet of coffee and cigarettes and even though I was stick thin I had cellulite.
4. Eat Clean
Dieting and changes in your metabolism can also contribute to cellulite. I hate the word diet and I really feel we should all remove it from our vocabulary once and for all. Eat sensibly and choose healthy foods. Don’t deny yourself something because you’ll just crave it more. If I woke up and announced I was never eating chocolate again I can guarantee you I would think about nothing else until I had some chocolate. During the winter months we tend to lean towards comfort foods and can sometimes make bad choices with starchy carbs and cakes, pastries etc. so try and eat more wholesome stews and soups if you can. It’s important to nourish ourselves during the cold dark months of winter so lots of root veggies and warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and clove. Juicing and blending are also a great way to get extra nutrients into us but as an addition to a healthy diet not instead off.
5. Incorporate a good body scrub into your routine at least once a week.
Using brown sugar and almond oil (I’ll do a post on the one I make) you can make a great and inexpensive scrub at home. I’m a big fan of the Bia Beauty range as they’re all handmade in Cork by Tracey Ryan. Her detox Body Scrub (€19.95) works a treat and leaves your skin soft and smooth.
6. Dry Body Brush
There is one more remedy that my friend in New York swears by and she’s super hot with a body to die for. Every single day she dry brushes her entire body. It helps stimulate blood and lymph flow and also effectively opens up the pores on your skin. Your skin must be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet. Brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red. The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard and look for one that has an attachable handle for those hard-to-reach spots.
If you really nourish your body both inside and out and treat yourself kindly believe me you’ll make your cellulite very uncomfortable and it will most likely look for somewhere else to live. It’s very hard to get rid of cellulite completely but reducing it significantly is certainly possible.
Good luck deleting the dimples