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5 Ways to Reduce Cellulite

You can put a flattering filter on your beach-side insti, but the only way to improve cellulite in real life is to get clean. We look at five natural strategies for making your skin enviably smooth.

Get Fit

Hit the gym regularly to remove those ripples. ‘Cellulite forms between the muscles so the more muscles we have, the fewer places cellulite has to form,’ explains Dr. Libby Weaver 

Exercise also boosts lymphatic drainage and helps your body excrete toxins. Weaver suggests rebounding [jumping on a mini trampoline] as the ultimate anti-cellulite exercise.

Get Alkaline

Your body stores toxins in fat cells; these include those pockets of cellulite. Eating an alkaline diet – think plenty of green leafy vegetables, natural fibre, antioxidant rich foods - will support your bodies detox pathways. Cruciferous vegetables - such as kale, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage – are especially good at binding to and eliminating toxins.

Coconut Coffee Scrub

Combine two tablespoons [each] of coconut oil, sea salt and ground coffee beans for a dimple-destroying scrub. Caffeine boosts circulation and studies show that coconut oil, when used topically, can stimulate higher collagen cross-linking.[1] Massage the scrub into your skin for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.

Drink water- away from food

Half an hour before eating drink 500ml water if you want to lose 10lb in 12 weeks says research from the University of Birmingham. So why not drink water with your meal? Weaver explains: ‘Stomach acid has an ideal pH of about 1.9 [to help us break down food] while water has a pH of seven or greater. When you put something with a pH of seven or more into one with a pH of 1.9, you run the risk of diluting the stomach acid and interfering with its ability to effectively break down food.’

 Body Brush

Just five minutes of dry brushing can boost lymphatic drainage, stimulate the liver and help oxygenate the blood by getting rid of dead skin cells. A body brush costs around £10, mush less expensive than a cellulite cream and guaranteed chemical free.

[1] K G Nevin, T Rajamohan . Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010 ;23(6):290-7. Epub 2010 Jun 3. PMID: 20523108


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