1. GIVE IT THE BRUSH OFF
Daily skin brushing can help soften and smooth out orange-peel thighs. Firstly, it helps remove surface dead cells, which makes the skin on your rear end look smoother and more even-textured.
Secondly, dry skin brushing is considered an effective way to stimulate circulation and boost lymphatic drainage – deficiencies in both of these systems are believed to be major contributing factors to cellulite.
2. CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE?
Endermologie: clinical trials show that a deep massage therapy can minimise lumps and bumps and reduce thighs by inches.
Endermologie is a special form of deep tissue massage that uses a machine to stretch, stimulate, deep massage and smooth the contours of body fat, thereby reducing the circumference of the thighs or other areas of the body.
3. BEANS MEANS BUMPS
Coffee is no friend to your behind. Firstly, caffeine can contribute to weight gain and is bad for your skin because it impedes your blood circulation.
It also contributes to water retention; as it’s a diuretic, it can dehydrate your body. When you’re dehydrated, cells hold on to water – and your fat cells hold on to fluids, which, on your bottom and thighs, make your skin bulge out and look puffier and more dimply.
4. GET THE MASSAGE
Studies show that deep mechanical massage can help the appearance of cellulite. The best choice for cellulite sufferers is manual lymphatic drainage (MLD). A course of 6 to 10 treatments is recommended.
Cheaper by far is a 5-minute self-massage. Try massaging your legs and bottom with essential oil of sandalwood; it’s very nourishing for dehydrated skin. Add a drop or two to 15–20 ml carrier oil such as grapeseed or almond oil.
5. GETTING A SKINFUL
Certain foods contain skin-boosting nutrients that help keep the tissues between the fat cells supple, which can help minimise cellulite. It’s time to revamp your diet for smoother thighs.
So here’s what to put on your plate… essential fatty acids (good sources include fish, olive oil, flaxseed oil, nuts and seeds), fruit and veg (the brighter the better and five a day!), poultry and chicken, eggs, soya and nuts and pumpkin seeds.
6. GETTING A LEG UP
Walk your way to firmer, sexier legs – with a little help from MBTs, or Masai Barefoot Technology trainers. Their thick, curved soles give them a platform, and make you walk in a different way to help tone the rear.
Get maximum benefit from wearing MBTs by walking as much as you possibly can, plus the extra exercise will help you lose inches and tone up your bottom even more. Find more information at www.mbt-uk.com
7. THE BIG CHILL
The stress hormone cortisol can make cellulite worse. Sex is good for stress as it causes your brain to release ‘neuro-hormones’ – chemicals that are natural painkillers and also help to alleviate anxiety.
These chemicals are also released during exercise. If you’re sans partner, head for the gym.
8. STILL WATERS
Water is great for skin, and it’s free! Drinking two litres of still water throughout the day can help your body burn off an extra 150 calories, according to one study.
Make sure you book in regular ‘water breaks’, keep a big bottle of water on your desk at work, set your computer to ping or send a reminder every 20 minutes or so, and make sure you have a glass or at least a big gulp.
9. BEND IT, STRETCH IT
Follow the deep-stretching technique pioneered by movement and dance expert Marja Putkisto, to boost circulation and lymph drainage in the legs and smooth out cellulite.
Deep breathing and deep stretching are the keys to the Putkisto method, originally created to improve flexibility, posture and energy. Its devotees have noticed a reduction in cellulite, which could be due to better circulation and increased lymph flow. Find more information on www.methodputkisto.com
10. GRASS ROOTS
One thing all the experts who’ve devoted years to studying cellulite agree on is this: the reason it looks unpleasantly like cottage cheese is because fat is protruding through the honeycomb of ‘connective’ tissue that is supposed to keep it in place.
Clinical trials show that the herb gotu kola could reduce your cellulite by strengthening connective tissue and increasing circulation. It sounds wacky, but this is one herbal remedy that’s got some science behind it!