Ah, cellulite. That dreaded word that sends shivers down every woman’s spine when about to hit the beach. These dimples, also known as ‘orange-peel’ skin, are a beauty bane that nearly 90 percent of us suffer from. Caused by fat cells pushing up against connective tissue in the skin, leaving it looking lumpy and bumpy, it’s practically impossible to get rid of completely. But it’s not all bad news; there are numerous ways you can drastically reduce its appearance. So before you run for the hills the next time someone says the words ‘pool party’, see below for Savoir Flair’s seven ways to say goodbye to cellulite.
Buff your way to a bikini-ready body and baby-soft skin by exfoliating regularly – just once or twice a week will do the trick. It not only preps your skin for more effective absorption of your cellulite cream as it sloughs away dead skin cells, but it also helps even out skin tone to reduce patchiness and peeling. It helps blur bumps and lumps – leaving you looking slimmer and smoother. Top tip: Sand makes for an amazing, completely natural super scrub, so next time you’re on the beach, get buffing!
Elemis’ powerful polisher contains a detoxifying blend of lime, ginger, salt, and bergamot mixed with coconut and sweet almond oils to tone skin and scrub away dead skin cells, leaving you smooth and soft.
Elemis ‘Lime and Ginger Salt Glow’
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Sweat It Out
As cellulite is caused by fatty deposits, one way to banish it for good is to burn it off. And yes, that means cardio – intense workouts like running, cycling, hiking, and HIIT sessions will help decrease your overall percentage of body fat to rid you of lumps and bumps. Most of us are guilty of sitting down for the majority of the day, and this stops blood from flowing to the lower halves of our bodies effectively, making it even more important to get up and work up a sweat. Aim to move your body and get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day.
Use a Body Brush
The secret of stars like Jennifer Aniston and Miranda Kerr, dry body brushing is the best way to beat cellulite, and all you need is three minutes a day and a natural-bristle brush. Brushing towards your heart boosts lymphatic drainage and breaks down fatty deposits, improving skin tone and preventing orange-peel skin. Starting at the soles of your feet, use upward strokes to work up your legs and thighs, and finish by brushing your bottom. Spend 90 seconds on each side and you’ll be on your way to a dreamy derrière and luscious legs. It’s easy to do wherever you are, so make sure your brush is in your beauty bag at all times.
Aromatherapy Associates ‘Polishing Body Brush’
Once you’ve done your dose of cardio, it’s time to tone up with dynamic exercise moves that target your lower body. By lifting, toning, and shaping the deeper muscle layers, you will increase muscle tone, which in turn pushes your muscles towards the surface of the skin, ironing out those dreaded dimples. There’s no denying that squats are one of the best booty-busting moves you can do, so now’s the time to drop it down low and get toning. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and slowly lower your legs as if you are about to sit back on a chair (the deeper you go, the more effective it is), keeping your feet and back flat and knees in line with your toes. Start with three sets of 15 reps and, for an extra challenge, add some weights.
Try Dream Creams
The world of beauty is constantly getting bigger and better, with new innovations and formulas being developed to give us products that really deliver results. Clarins’ new cream is one such product that does exactly what it says on the label. Containing caffeine and botanical extracts, this revolutionary cream not only targets early signs of cellulite, but also the existing, stubborn kind. It helps contour and smooth skin and, when combined with the Clarins’ self-massage technique, it penetrates deeper into the skin to fight the fat cells responsible for cellulite.
It’s not only what we put on our bodies – it’s what we put in them too. Overloading our systems with toxins prevents them from effectively ridding us of them, which in turn means they stay inside us, creating big problems when it comes to cellulite. It’s these toxins that are responsible for clinging onto fat, and they make it harder to lose it too. Instead of eating processed foods full of scary-sounding ingredients you can’t pronounce, opt for natural, fresh, and ideally organic produce wherever possible. That means minimal amounts of refined sugar, salt, bad fats, and too much caffeine – so step away from the cronut and reach for the carrots. And if you’re a smoker, stub out that cigarette; it’s one of the worst toxic offenders.
Try a Treatment
If you’re looking for a bit of pampering whilst still fighting the cellulite cause, you’re in luck, for there’s a whole host of treatments that will complement your beautifying routine and lifestyle. Check yourself in for a ‘Green Coffee Body Sculpting Treatment’ at the spa by The Organic Pharmacy. Without using nasty chemicals, it incorporates dry skin brushing and a massage using chili and coffee oil to help break down fat cells, stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, and firm and soften skin. What better excuse do you need to treat yourself?
The Organic Pharmacy ‘Green Coffee Body Sculpting Treatment’, AED 340/SAR 347 for 60 minutes, Wasl Vita Mall
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