Legs: Men love them, and women love showing them off. From skimpy swimsuits to sexy miniskirts, we continually find ways to accentuate our best features. Though, we cannot always prevent cellulite -- those lumpy and dimpled fat deposits that resemble cottage cheese -- typically noticed on our legs, hips and buttocks. Here's how to conquer cellulite:
But it's not just us normal folk who suffer from cellulite! All kinds of celebs -- including actresses Mischa Barton and Katherine Heigl, pop stars Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson, and Janice Dickinson of America's Next Top Model -- are just a few of the slender stars who have cellulite.
Is there a "cure" for cellulite?
Countless procedures -- medical and non-medical, surgical and non-surgical -- offer alleged "cures" to cellulite, including everything from medicinal injections to herbal body wraps available at most spas. And while all these supposed cures exist, each person responds differently to various treatments and procedures.
Some at-home remedies for cellulite may be just as effective as a complex procedure like mesotherapy, which involves microinjections of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and medications. These chemicals are said to react with the fat deposits in the targeted areas where the injections occur, dissolving the fat deposits and shrinking the fat cells.
Detoxify your diet
By eating lots of healthy, fresh fruits and veggies, you're already taking the first step toward healthier skin and fewer cellulite problems. Whole grain foods also help eliminate cellulite's causes.
Also think about reducing or eliminating your intake of alcohol, coffee, soda and steering clear of cigarette smoke to further aid your quest to end cellulite. Items high in fiber positively impact your health and also respond better to the digestive process. Your best-case scenario: A low-fat diet high in fiber and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Exercise to your heart's content
Not only does exercising help you lose weight and tone your muscles, but it also helps to improve circulation while firming your tissues in general. You'll notice an increase in your energy levels and hopefully, you'll enjoy your exercise routines enough to see its value on mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Avoid those things that cause stress and aggravation in your life if at all possible. Take hot bubble baths, practice yoga or begin meditating on a daily basis. A more peaceful frame of mind will help you get into the routine of satisfying your skin's needs.
Exfoliate and renew your skin naturally
Try natural body scrubs during your shower routine, and use a loofah pad, massage brush or other cleansing tool to release dry and dead skin cells so new, healthy ones can form.
Get a nice massage
Find a massage partner and relieve tension while stimulating your circulatory and lymphatic systems! Massaging your body can help prevent cellulite from forming while it also helps to battle cellulite that already exists.
Moving toward acceptance
Try a few of these tips for reducing and preventing cellulite in your body. Remember that about 90 percent of women experience cellulite in some capacity -- no matter how slim they might be. If you believe you have more serious cellulite problems than most women, speak with a dermatologist to learn more about treatments that may be available to you.