What works and what doesn’t when getting rid of cellulite aka ‘orange peel’
Reduce cellulite with these tips and tricks
We all stress over it, but most of us are plagued with it – if you’re covering up because of your cellulite we’ve got some tips and tricks to reduce it.
Before you pack up that bikini, try some of our suggestions, from workouts to food and diet changes, to products you can use to reduce the look.
There’s plenty of products to try if you’re going for a quicker fix, or diet plans and workouts to maintain the look.
Just remember 87% of women in the UK are in the same boat as you – as well as men suffering from the same issue.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a term used to describe the dimpled and uneven appearance of skin caused by fat deposits that are just below the skin.
Scientists don’t actually know what causes cellulite, but it’s believed to be related to the body’s inability to get rid of toxin, fat and fluid. It becomes trapped under the skin and causes fibrous tissue to become hard, that is the dimpling effect we see.
Is there a cure?
Not exactly, but there are things you can do to reduce cellulite. Food, drink and exercise all have a roll to play.
Foods to fight it
Cellulite is often caused by toxins (from a less than perfect diet) which reduce skin elasticity and slow down circulation – so eat plenty of brightly coloured fruit and veg. Why? Because they contain the most antioxidants, which help our bodies to shed toxins.
Bananas and mangoes are renowned for boosting blood flow, which helps prevent cellulite, so tuck into those as often as you can, as well as papaya, which studies show helps prevent tissue damage under the skin.
Foods rich in vitamin C are also excellent cellulite-busters because they boost levels of collagen in the skin, which promotes elasticity and keeps things firm and taut.
Other skin-strengthening foods include oily fish, chicken, grapefruit, tomatoes, apples, spinach, carrots and avocados.
Finally, foods known as “diuretics” are also good at warding off cellulite. Diuretics basically make us pee a lot and also reduce bloating and fluid retention.
A build-up of fluid can sometimes trigger cellulite, so, along with drinking plenty of water , include diuretics in your diet. Try cucumber, celery, onions and asparagus.
In fact, many Hollywood A-listers swear by eating a plate of asparagus before a red carpet appearance because it’s so good at reducing bloating.
While green tea hasn’t been tested it has got a lot of recognition as being a treatment for weight loss. While losing fat isn’t an immediate fix it does help reduce fat deposits. Try sipping on 2-3 cups a day – not to near bedtime.
Foods to avoid
Cellulite is normally around the thigh area (Image: Getty)
Being overweight doesn’t necessarily cause cellulite – many overweight people don’t have it and many slim people do. But excess fat – especially around your hips, bottom and thighs – will make it appear worse. So keep your weight down and limit the fatty food you eat.
Processed fatty foods, such as sausages , cheese, biscuits and cake, are particularly bad. They’re often full of additives, salt or sweeteners, which can cause toxin-overload in the body.
But good fat will help beat cellulite, so continue to eat fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel. Oily fish contains fatty acids, which help your body metabolise fat (and when you lose fat, you usually lose cellulite).
Nuts are another great source of fatty acid, they’re full of fibre. Fibre-rich foods are a must because they help your body digest and expel food efficiently.
No to caffeine
Some studies show caffeine can make cellulite worse, because of its effects on blood flow and getting oxygen and nutrients to skin tissue. So limit intake of coffee, tea and cola. Only have one or two cups, max, a day.
Avoid smoking and alcohol both create toxins in the body, and booze is full of sugar. Finally, ditch sugar. It slows production of collagen in the skin (so it’s a good way to cut wrinkles and cellulite).
As well as all the usual suspects, it’s also in foods such as cereal, pasta sauces (have a look) and yoghurt.
How to treat it
Supermarket shelves are bursting with lotions, potions and pills that claim to beat cellulite. But you can keep it cheap and easy with the following tricks…
Dry Body Brushing
Start the day with dry body brushing. Before you turn your shower on, or get in the bath, lightly sweep a dry body brush all over – start from your ankles and always brush in the direction of your heart. This will give your circulation a great boost and help eliminate toxins.
Blast with cold water
Lastly, blast your thighs with cold water before you get out of the shower to get blood flowing to the area.
Then when you’re applying your body lotion (a cheap lotion is just as effective ), massage it well into your thighs and other potentially dimply areas.
Exercise your lower body
“Cycling and jogging are brilliant because they really target thighs, bottoms and hips,” says celebrity personal trainer Cornel Chin.
If you have cellulite on your bottom and thighs, squats and lunges are the best moves. You can do either anywhere and they only take seconds.
What to do
When you go to do a squat, stand with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping your weight in your heels (ie, don’t lean forward), go to sit down on an invisible chair, so your bottom is roughly two feet off the ground. Then lift yourself back up and repeat. Keep your arms straight out in front to help you balance.
Repeat 20 times.
For a lunge, stand with your feet hip width apart. With your hands on your hips, step forward on your left leg (so your feet are roughly three feet apart) and bend down so your front knee is bent and your back foot comes off the floor. Hold for a couple of seconds, then lift yourself up and bend down (lunge) again.
Repeat 15 times on each leg.
Seven-day diet plan
Pick one bump-busting breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks every day.
Along with this, drink between 1.5 and two litres of still water daily and avoid tea and coffee.
A bowl of porridge, topped with a handful of berries (either blackberries, blueberries, strawberries or raspberries)
A fresh papaya with a large pot of natural yoghurt and a small handful of almonds
A large grapefruit, a large banana and a small handful of Brazil nuts
Two slices of wholemeal toast topped with baked beans
A boiled egg served with a slice of wholemeal toast, and an apple.
Carrot and coriander soup, served with a wholemeal pitta bread
A wholemeal sandwich made with spinach, avocado and tomatoes
A salad made with spinach, rocket, grated carrot, peppers, tomato and sliced chicken breast
An omelette made with tomatoes and feta cheese, served with a side salad
A mackerel fillet (with the skin removed) served with chopped celery, cucumber and tomato.
A baked salmon breast, served with 2tbsp brown rice, and a salad consisting of rocket, tomatoes and peppers
A baked potato topped with a mix of tuna, spring onion and low-fat grated cheddar cheese. Plus a side salad
A tuna steak served with broccoli, peppers and boiled new potatoes
A chicken stir-fry with at least three types of vegetables and wholewheat noodles
A baked chicken breast served with baked sweet potato, broccoli, peppers and courgette.
A handful of berries
Two small oranges or clementines
A hard-boiled egg
Chopped carrot and peppers, with 2tbsp low-fat houmous
Two oatcakes topped with tuna.