Everyone is familiar with cellulite. Most of us have seen it, experienced it, tried to hide it, and some have even purchased various skin care products to try to treat it. Yet despite how common this problem is, there is little scientific consensus and what it is exactly that causes cellulite. Its dimpled appearance can, according to Wellness Mama, be explained by imbalances in the body’s connective tissue and fat, but there is no clear answer as to these imbalances are caused by. And despite popular belief, this problem is not exclusive to overweight women, meaning a variety of factors are likely at play here.
But one thing we can all agree on is that cellulite is a major source of insecurity for everybody, including men. If you want to get rid of cellulite but you don’t want to break the bank on pricy cellulite-treatment products — or if you just prefer a more natural, DIY approach — there are plenty of at-home body care options for you to consider!
1. Coffee Scrub
Massaging and exfoliating with coffee stimulates blood circulation, therefore helping reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the caffeine in the coffee helps tighten the skin. Simply mix coffee grounds with hot water while in the shower and massage into skin for 10 minutes 2-3 times a week. Results should begin to show in about 2-4 weeks.
2. Lemon Juice & Cayenne Pepper
This is a popular combination of ingredients in many DIY skin care/detox formulas. Drink a mixture of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and water and drink 3 times daily. Many report, according to The Huffington Post, seeing a significant reduction in cellulite after about a month, and feeling an overall positive effect on their healthy overall.
3. Juniper & Olive Oil
Self-massage, particularly when coupled with certain combinations of key ingredients, has proved effective in treating cellulite. Combine juniper oil with olive oil and massage into the affected and surrounding areas daily, ideally before getting in the shower. Results should become evident in about 4 weeks. In addition to reducing cellulite, this treatment can result in generally softer and firmer skin.
4. Dry Brush & Coconut Oil
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence supporting the efficacy of this treatment, with some even claiming that it works better than the best cellulite creams available on the market. Rub coconut oil on the affected areas and then use a dry brush to massage the oil into the skin. Perform 1-2 times daily. You should notice results within a month.
These are just some of the many effective and wallet-friendly ways to treat cellulite from the comforts of your own home. And best of all of the treatments have the additional benefit of improving your skin in other ways (such as exfoliating, moisturizing and strengthening). Because what matters most is being able to feel comfortable and healthy in your own body! (But it doesn’t hurt to be able to show off some cellulite-free thighs, either.)