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The condition commonly known as cellulite goes by a number of other names. These include:
adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, gynoid lipodystrophy, and, perhaps most disturbingly, “orange peel syndrome.”
Regardless of what we call it, no one wants it, and this is why cellulite remedies are sought after and popular.
Medically, cellulite is a condition seen on the buttocks, thighs, and sometimes the calves or abdomen of postpubescent females. It appears as a dimpling in the skin, sometimes so severe as to give the appearance of an orange peel—hence the nickname “orange peel syndrome.”
Cellulite affects women but not men. As unfair as this seems, there’s apparently a good reason for it. Because cellulite begins to appear soon after the onset of puberty, researchers believe the hormone oestrogen is involved in the formation of cellulite. Women, not men, have a lot of oestrogen in their bodies—it’s the primary female sex hormone. Other hormones, too, including insulin, adrenaline and noradrenaline, the thyroid hormones, and prolactin are thought by scientists to play a role in the cellulite formation.
Cellulite is caused by the abnormal movement under the skin of fat between the fibres of connective tissue in the buttocks, thighs, and elsewhere. Essentially cellulite consists of small pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of connective tissue just under the skin. The shifting of fat cells causes small fat nodules to form subcutaneously and appear as multiple dimples.
Cellulite can result from metabolic changes, diet and exercise habits, obesity, heredity, and other causes. However, cellulite seems to be inevitable; researchers have found that 85% to 98% of women have cellulite.
Wrong. Whether you’re thin or curvy, you can have cellulite. It is true that the more body fat you have, the more likely you are to have substantial dimpling, especially on your bottom and legs. But everyone has some fat, and so even skinny women are likely to have the fat nodules that characterize cellulite.
Wrong again! Losing weight may reduce the appearance of cellulite, because there will be less fat collected between the bands of connective tissue on your legs and bum. However, losing weight can make your cellulite look worse. That’s because your skin may become saggy after you’ve shifted a lot of pounds, and the sagginess will make your cellulite more obvious.
Wrong a third time. Supermodels, actresses, and other celebrities get it. Jennifer Lopez was one of the first celebs to openly admit to it. Others include top 80s and 90s supermodel Cindy Crawford and Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock. Actress/model/singer Hayden Panettiere was first shown to have cellulite in a photograph when she was only sixteen. Even the famed fitness trainer Jillian Michaels has cellulite.
— One of the Cheapest, Easiest, and Best Cellulite Remedies
So what are some effective cellulite remedies?
That’s a difficult question.
You could try liposuction—but many experts say if not performed perfectly, “lipo” can actually make cellulite look worse. In addition, liposuction tends to focus on deep fat deposits, while cellulite is subcutaneous, right under the skin.
You could try laser treatments—but these can cost up to $10,000 or more. Plus, they don’t work for everyone. Imagine paying thousands of dollars, only to find that your cellulite is still there!
Some people advocate massage—but again, does it work? A massage will make you feel great, of course. And through improved circulation and lymphatic draining, it may even reduce that “orange peel” look. But most experts say the effect of massage alone is only temporary.
So instead of methods that are invasive, costly, temporary, or simply don’t work, why not try one of the best and cheapest cellulite remedies?
Try a home-made DIY treatment made of caffeine, sugar, and oil.
Caffeine will improve circulation and break up the cellulite; the sugar will help work the caffeine into your subcutaneous fat pockets; the oil will help spread the mixture and moisturize your skin.
And the effectiveness of caffeine in fighting cellulite is being proved by research. According to a scientific study done in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, within just 21 days the topical application of caffeine was observed to reduce the diameter of fatty cellulite cells in females by 17%.
Step 1: Get the ingredients:
You’ll need 1/2 cup of ground coffee (a strong fresh grind is best—be sure it’s NOT decaf), 1/4 cup of any kind of sugar (brown sugar works great), and 1/4 cup of avocado oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. If you’re curvy and have a lot of cellulite, you might want to double the recipe. It should be easy to find the ingredients at any major grocery, although you might need to go to a health-food store for avocado or coconut oil.
Step 2: Mix:
Combine the ingredients in a microwaveable glass or ceramic bowl—not a metal one. It should be the texture of a paste.
Step 3: Heat:
Put the mixture in a microwave for 15 to 30 seconds. Make sure it’s not too hot. Test the temperature on your wrist, not on your fingers.
Step 4. Apply:
You’ll want to do this in the shower or while standing on a towel, newspapers, or plastic trash bags, because it’s very messy. Massage the warm paste into the cellulite areas, rubbing in small circular motions for about 60 seconds in each area.
Step 5. Repeat two more times:
When you’ve finished massaging the mixture into the last area, go back to the first one and repeat the massaging process two more times, for three times total.
Step 6. Rinse:
If you’re already in the shower, this is easy. Wash the paste from your skin with warm water, using your hands, a clean sponge, or a clean flannel.
Step 7. Dry:
Gently pat your skin dry with a clean dry towel.
Note that this procedure is not recommended for pregnant women. In addition, some oils can cause irritations or allergic reactions. Therefore, it’s recommended that you apply a pea-sized amount of the paste to the back of your hand and let it set for at least 10 minutes to check for a reaction; if you experience difficulty breathing or swallowing, itching, inflammation, swelling, etc., seek medical help and don’t use the paste.
However, most people can use this caffeine/sugar/oil solution as a cellulite remedy without problems.
For fastest results, do the treatment every day for a week—do it at least two or three times weekly. Within a month or even less, you should start to see results. When you do, you may wish to switch to a regime of once or twice weekly for maintenance.
This is one of the best and easiest cellulite remedies. Thanks to the caffeine, your body will probably begin fighting cellulite immediately. In just a few weeks you’ll have amazing results: not only will your cellulite most likely be visibly reduced, but your skin will be softer and healthier, thanks to the scrub, the massage, and the oil.