Cellulite – experts weigh in.
Fact: 90% of women have cellulite.
Fact: skinny people get it too.
Fact: we’ve unearthed the best tips from the best people around the world to help you combat it.
Considering cellulite something most of us have in common, you’d think we’d talk about it often, but it’s not exactly a good conversation starter over drinks or haloumi salad.
Instead, it’s something we’d prefer to keep to ourselves and pretend we don’t have, even though we’re faced with the reality every day. But at least we’re not alone… it’s everywhere – with the exception of the Victoria’s Secret runway.
If, like us, you’ve tried everything from retinol creams to coffee scrubs, you’ve probably noticed they don’t quite cut it, so what’s the deal?
There are a lot of misconceptions about cellulite, so first and foremost, let us reiterate – skinny people have it too.
It’s not necessarily a matter of weight. It’s a side effect of weakened connective tissue where your body tries to store fat, which results in uneven deposits of fat just underneath the skin, causing that dimpled “cottage cheese” effect we know as “cellulite”.
While there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution, we do know one thing– it’s caused by a combination of factors: hormones, genetics, poor diet and lack of exercise.
So to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered, we searched high and low for the best advice from the experts – James Duigan (trainer to Rosie Huntington, Elle Macpherson and more), Tracy Anderson (Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to girl for fitness) and dermatologist Dr Howard Murad (Kate Moss is a client).
James Duigan says:
Take a “skinny bath”.
Toxins cling to fat, so Duigan suggests pouring two cups of Epsom salts (which are magnesium packed) into your bath three times a week to help the body to flush out toxins quickly. Elle Macpherson’s a fan. Need we say more?
The ‘one-minute miracle’:
Every morning before you get in the shower, use a dry body brush all over. Start at your feet, and brush upwards towards your heart. This helps to get the blood pumping and can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Sounds good to us.
Don’t panic, it’s organic:
Less toxins, less cellulite, says Duigan. Eat organic produce where possible – particularly meat, cheese and dairy.
One cup of coffee per day is ok:
But that’s it. Caffeine contributes to cellulite by slowing down your body’s detoxification process.
Drink green tea instead:
It ups your antioxidant intake and cleanses the body.
Tracy Anderson says:
Work-out like Gwyneth.
It’s not about losing weight. Paltrow’s personal trainer Tracy Anderson uses a combination of cardio and muscular toning to combat cellulite. Start with stretches, followed by 60 minutes of aerobics, and then 20 minutes of weights with at least 50 repetitions.
Dr Howard Murad says:
It’s all about lecithin:
Kate Moss gets hers from drinking white tea, while Claudia Schiffer prefers tomato juice. Eggs and soya are also good sources.
Essential fatty acids are, well, essential:
Eat more nuts, seeds, avocado and salmon.