Many women want to know how to get rid of cellulite. And we totally get it—we do, too! Even though experts say 93 percent of women have cellulite and that it’s not a serious condition, let's face it—it can be embarrassing. But before we talk about how to reduce cellulite, let's tackle another question first.
According to the Mayo Clinic, cellulite is the name for lumpy dimpled flesh found on thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomens, usually on adolescent and adult women. It's unknown what causes cellulite, but experts do know it involves cords that connect your skin to the muscles, with the fat cells in between. As fat cells build up, they push against the skin as the cords pull down, creating the uneven surface. It's important for women to understand what cellulite is because a lot of creams and lotions on the market advertise easy fixes to cellulite. Rarely do these ads live up to the hype—and when you think about the fact that so much of what causes cellulite happens below the surface of the skin, it's not hard to see why using only a topical cream would be ineffective.
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But just because there isn't one miracle cream that can make cellulite disappear doesn't mean all hope is lost! It's very possible to minimize cellulite and improve the overall appearance of your skin. It just takes time—and commitment—to these lifestyle changes.
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Stay well-hydrated. Cellulite in a dehydrated state often looks a lot worse than it does when you drink plenty of water each day.
Avoid foods that are high in salt. Food that's extra salty causes fat cells to swell, which makes the dimples and unevenness of skin more pronounced.
Instead, eat a well-balanced plant-heavy diet with foods that have high water content. Cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, and bell peppers are all more than 90 percent water. Not only do they keep your connective tissue strong, they can also help slim you down.
Stay away from cigarette smoke. In addition to being generally bad for your health, smoking can also reduce your blood vessel flow, which makes it much easier for your skin to be stretched and damaged.
Try to get seven or eight hours of sleep at night. Uneven skin tone and reduced skin elasticity are twice as likely to occur in poor sleepers than in people who get a healthy amount of rest.
Build up your muscles. Taking up strength training will not only help you get more toned, but will also help smooth out your skin.
If nothing else, get moving. Cellulite has been proven to favor inactivity in general. If you have a job where you're bound to your desk or your couch at home, be sure to take walking breaks whenever you can. Every little bit helps!
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