Cellulite is the stubborn bumpy fat that clings to our thighs and targets women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The only way to improve the appearance of this hard-to-shift fat is to launch an attack from all sides- diet, exercise, lifestyle and treatments. I hope you’re in the mood for a fight!
Massage! This is one of your best options for helping to improve the appearance of dimply thighs. You can use a special anti-cellulite cream, although i don’t think it’s necessary- the effects are only temporary. The action of massage is much more important. Warm some of your chosen cream or oil in your hands then slowly massage your dimply areas, working up your legs using a firm cirular motion- try using your knuckles. Working its way, up towards the heard, will help your lymphatic system to flush out toxins. You’ll need to do this religiously at least once a day to see any improvement.
KEEP MOVING. Staying active is important. Regular exercise helps your whole body function better, boosting circulation and helping to remove excess toxins from the skin tissue. It also helps you lose those extra pounds and improve muscle tone for firmer, smoother-looking thighs. Start by building more activity into your week, such as regular walks or activities with the kids. It all adds up!
JUNK THE JUNK FOOD. To help ‘cleanse’ your body, include more antioxidant- rich fresh fruit and veg in your diet. The more brightly coloured they are, the more good they’ll do you- think carrots, tomatoes, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, grapefruit, oranges, mangoes, sweet potato and broccoli. And include more unrefined carbs, such as brown rice and wholegrain bread.
DRINK LOADS OF WATER. I know this is an old chestnut but it really is good for you! Skincare experts like me recommend drinking plenty of water, not because it keeps your skin hydrated- there is no clinical evidence to support that – but because it helps your whole body to function properly! If you get bored with water, try making it more interesting. Add fresh lime, lemon or orange wedges, or a few sprigs of mint. Sofa water with a little lime cordial is very refreshing. And give herbal teas a whirl… I love fresh mint tea, just add a few prigs to a cup of warm water or brew it in a teapot.