What is cellulite and ways to tackle it

 

You are not alone. This cosmetic condition affects nearly 90% of women at some point during their lives, even women who are otherwise slender and fit.

What is cellulite and what causes it?

Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin or in other words the connective fibers underneath the skin becomes weak or lose their elasticity. Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, poor circulation or it could be in your genes.

So, what can you do to tackle cellulite, the natural way?

1. Exfoliate

Scrub your body in big circular motions with a natural exfoliator, like our coffee body scrubs. Exfoliation buffs away old, worn-out skin cells so your your body can replace them with new ones and this makes the cellulite look less visible.

2. Coffee

Caffeine in coffee interferes with the activity of a specific enzyme within our cells known as phosphodiesterase and increases the breakdown of fat and the metabolism of the cells. By suppressing the phosphodiesterase, caffeine actually helps our body burn fatty tissue deposits that cause cellulite. Using our coffee body scrub promotes microcirculation, increasing blood flow in the area where it is applied; it increases the breakdown of fat and the metabolism of the cells; it also scavenges up free radicals in skin because it has an antioxidant effect. We recommend leaving the coffee scrubs sit on your skin for 2-3 minutes so that you get the most out of the caffeine. For best results from our coffee scrub, we suggest scrubbing 3-5 times per week, ongoing.

3. Drybrush

This is one of those easy body treatments that you can actually do at home that requires little effort. It helps detoxify by increasing circulation and it works to break up fat deposits, so over time your cellulite becomes less noticeable. Celebs like Miranda Kerr and Molly Sims swear by it!

4. Exercise regularly

Since cellulite is fat, excess weight can contribute to it. That's why it's important to engage in physical exercises like cardio and interval training that gets your heart rate up and burns fat.

5. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet plays an important role in keeping the signs of cellulite at bay, and moderation is key. Watch your sodium intake while eating plenty of fiber and whole grain foods (such as bran and oat cereals), since they help to remove waste and toxins from the intestinal tract, as well as fruits and vegetables.  Eating food that's high in salt will cause your fat cells to swell, making your cellulite more pronounced. Stay adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

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Twig & Co

Photographer: Ana Pavlyuk 


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