Cellulite is quite a dreaded topic because it leads to so much unhappiness, frustration and diffidence. A vast majority of men and women around the world are affected by cellulite.
It manifests itself in an unsightly dimpled appearance of the skin when bulging muscles seem to push out of the skin and hand loosely all around.
These are formed due to excessive fat deposits under the skin, especially in the abdomen, lower limbs and the pelvic regions though other areas can also be affected especially in extremely obese people.
It starts manifesting itself right after puberty for some while in others it is more prominent in their middles ages.
When the body goes through major physiological and metabolic changes it shows a difference in its appearance. For instance, increasing age and hormonal changes may lead to slow metabolic rates which means calories are not burnt as fast as they should be, leading to more fat storage in the body.
What are other names for cellulite?
Cellulite is known by many names like the orange peel syndrome, the mattress phenomenon, and cottage cheese skin as well as hail damage. As you can see from these names, all of them refer to the outbreak of abnormalities on the skin which make it look so ugly.
The medical terms for cellulite include adiposis edematosa, status protrusus cutis, dermopanniculosis deformans and gynoid lipodystrophy.
What causes cellulite formation?
- Poor diet
- Lack of regular exercise
- Toxin buildup in the body
- Weight gain
- Hormonal imbalances
- Excessive drinking
- Bad habits like smoking
- Drug intake
- Genetic predisposition
- Increasing age
- Health conditions
Since the problem is so widespread, it is no wonder that there are numerous products and procedures out there to help people tackle with cellulite.
Some of these work while others are mere claims but the efficacy really depends on one’s health conditions as well as the goodness of the product.
There are also invasive procedures and mechanical treatments but they can come with added complications which not everybody can deal with.
The best way is of course the natural way where you tackle this problem with the help of a healthy diet, lots of hydration and regular exercise to keep yourself fit and active.
There are various home remedies which one can apply without fear of side-effects like coconut oil. The only catch is that it may take longer to show results, but when it does it will be much more effective and long term.
5 effective ways to reduce cellulite with coconut oil
1 – Consuming coconut oil daily
No matter how weird this sounds, if you can consume coconut oil on a daily basis you can say goodbye to your cellulite problems in no time at all. Start by taking two to three tablespoons of coconut before your workouts in order to speed the process of ketosis or fat burning.
The coconut oil induces more energy into the body and at the same time boosts the metabolic rate which helps in burning calories faster. It keeps the body pepped up and energetic round the clock and makes one’s gym sessions more effective.
It helps in flushing out the toxins as well as the stored body fat which in turn help in reducing and eliminating cellulite from the body. If paired with proper diet and exercise this can work wonder for all cellulite sufferers. One can keep healthy, fit, active and beautiful for a long time too.
2 – Applying coconut oil on the body
The other way to benefit from coconut oil and reduce cellulite is to apply it as a lotion or body oil daily. You can use it as full body oil or apply it to the affected parts as per your liking. Slightly warming up the oil and applying it right at the cellulite source is a great way to do away with the dimply appearance of the skin.
Regular application and massage helps the coconut oil to be easily absorbed through the skin which will eventually break up the break up fatty deposits.
It helps in nourishing the affected area and creates a smoother, younger and softer appearance. If combined with diet and exercise this method can yield very fast results.
3 – The dry brushing and coconut oil technique
This is one of the most popular methods for natural cellulite removal and is applied the world over. In this method, coconut oil is generously applied onto the affected areas. Then dry brush is used to massage the area for sometime which helps in smoothing out the cellulite.
The correct way to start is to take a hot shower and then step out for the massage while the pores are still open. First target the higher lymph node areas like the armpits or groin and then move on to the outer parts of the body. Whichever direction you start from you should always move towards the heart.
Dry brushing helps in improving circulation, tightening up the epidermis and also break up the accumulated toxins within the cellulite formation. Make sure that you have lots of water before beginning the dry brush massage so that the toxin removal is faster and better. One can see significant reduction in cellulite within a month’s time.
4 – Mixed coconut oil and pure essential oils massage
Another very effective massage treatment is mixing organic or virgin coconut oil with pure essential oils like tangerine, grapefruit, orange and lemon oils for an effective anti-cellulite massage. Depending on how much area is affected or what part of the body needs massaging one can take a 50 ml or 100 ml container and pour some coconut oil into it.
Now it is time to add a few drop of the essential oil you prefer. You can also create a citrus blend of multiple essential oils and add that to the coconut oil whenever you need a massage.
This combination works wonder because it helps dissolve the fat within and thereby cellulite. The oils attack the fat cells, dissolving and detoxifying the burdened cells.
It makes the skin tight and smooth and removes all ungainly dimples including stretch marks. You have to careful about avoiding the sun though after this application as it can rapidly darken the skin. In 4-6 weeks you will see amazing results.
5 – Applying coffee and coconut oil body scrub
This natural body scrub is extremely invigorating and helps in reducing cellulite to a large extent. The ingredients are found in a regular kitchen stuff that is part of our everyday use which means one can make this anytime. One would need extra virgin coconut oil, ground coffee, sugar (brown is preferable), cinnamon powder and vanilla extract (optional).
Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. If it feels too oily then add more coffee and sugar. Put these in a bowl, jar or container and apply on affected areas.
Coffee is very effective in fighting and reducing inflammation which prevents fat and toxin buildup, coconut oil dissolves the fat within and has anti-aging properties which keep the skin young and smooth while cinnamon gives the skin a wonderful glow and softness and prevents all kinds of rashes, eruptions and allergies.
While some factors like genetic predisposition and age cannot be controlled you can take steps to control the others, especially stop accumulation of further toxins from getting in and affecting your system adversely. Stop toxins from taking over your body.
How do toxins get accumulated in our bodies?
There are many ways toxic matter gets built up in the body, some natural though most are man-made causes. Our body has the ability to fight and flush out these toxins but only to a certain level.
In present times our lifestyle choices have led to toxicity which has increased too fast and too much for the body to handle in its own. Hence the horrifying results which one can see in conditions like cellulite.
Some of these bad lifestyle choices include:
- Eating packaged foods
- Opting for refined sugars and salts
- Choosing processed starches
- Use of cooked animal proteins
- Large amounts of chemicals, pesticides and preservatives in the food
- Having poor diet combinations
- Lack of exercise
Added to these are the environmental chemicals and pollutants inside the home and out all of which have been getting into your system and corrupting it for years.
How toxins affect cellulite?
Toxins are typically stored in the body fat to prevent them from affecting the vital organs. Those who suffer from cellulite have toxins stored in the dimples and pockets of the cellulite as well.
Increase in cellulite increases toxic levels in the body. Increase in toxic levels mean malfunction of the system which can lead to further fat deposits. They are mutually destructive and can cause severe harm to one’s health.
The only way to deal with this is to remove toxins from the system, prevent further buildup and thereby reduce cellulite. One way to do this is to use coconut oil which has been known for ages as an effective treatment for all kinds of skin problem including wrinkles and psoriasis.