I have cellulite. In fact, 90% of women have it – women who are all different shapes and sizes. Some dermatologists actually consider it a secondary sex characteristic (other examples include breasts and smaller hands) due to estrogen. Part of the cause of cellulite is not even fat cells; it’s the connective tissue. In women, collagen is structured in vertical columns, whereas in men, it is more of a woven structure. The woven structure holds fat in more while the vertical columns allow for the dimpled appearance of cellulite. There are other factors that contribute to cellulite such as diet and activity level, and some are uncontrollable such as genetics.
What I’ve taken away from this information is that having cellulite is really not a big deal. It is technically incurable anyways. So while I am not going to create anxiety surrounding my appearance in this regard, I am fond of the thought of reducing my cellulite. If you want to try out a treatment method, here is a homemade cellulite scrub.
Cellulite Caffeine Scrub
1 c coffee grounds (fresh or used) or instant coffee
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c sea salt
1/2 c castor oil
Mix the coffee grounds, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.
Pour in the almond oil and stir to combine.
To use, massage vigorously into skin in a circular motion. Massage using strong, flowing strokes for a few minutes around twice a week.
Regular use of this scrub combined with a healthy diet and exercise may improve the appearance of cellulite in a few weeks.
Note: Some caffeine can be absorbed through your skin. If you are sensitive to caffeine, I recommend only using this in the morning.
The main reason this homemade cellulite scrub is supposed to help is due to the coffee. It is a great ingredient for promoting circulation and is actually the main ingredient in many high-end cellulite treatments. The massaging action, vigorous and circular, also stimulates circulation and blood flow. Salt and sugar in the scrub act to exfoliate and smooth out the skin. Castor oil is moisturizing and can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including stretch marks.
I in no way want to support body image issues or encourage insecurities. Cellulite is so prevalent, and there’s not a whole lot anyone can do about it. Don’t let it stop you from wearing shorts or a bathing suit or feeling comfortable and beautiful in your own body.
How do you feel about cellulite? Do you try to treat it?
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