Cellulite. While the name may sound like some kind of bodily toxin, it’s actually a harmless phenomenon that affects most women (and some parts of men).

When fat cells are present beneath the skin in an uneven manner, along with tight connective tissues that tether the skin to the muscle underneath, they create dimpling at the surface of the skin: this is cellulite, and it’s generally found on the thighs and buttocks.

It’s more common than not (and often becomes more prevalent after puberty), but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it! Here we’ll go over some lifestyle changes that may help prevent it from getting worse, as well as some natural home remedies to help get rid of it.

Preventing Cellulite Before It Starts

While there are creams and treatments on the market that claim to treat cellulite, they can be expensive and will often give you minimal results (if any). Plus, many contain harsh chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin or cause breakouts.

To prevent cellulite from showing up on your skin, keep it hydrated and nourished at all times. Start by drinking the recommended amount of water every day (usually around eight 8-ounce glasses) and eating a diet that’s high in anti-inflammatory foods like fruit, vegetables, and plant proteins.

The following lifestyle changes may help reduce the appearance of cellulite as well:

Don’t smoke

Smoking dehydrates your skin, making it less firm and more prone to dimples when fat begins to collect beneath the surface.

Avoid alcohol

Similar to smoking, this causes dehydration that leads to loss of firmness in the skin. Even worse, excessive drinking is known to promote the accumulation of fat, and can also weaken your immune system and your body’s ability to burn fat cells.

Reduce stress levels

When you’re stressed, your body produces cortisol that breaks down collagen tissue in the skin. This causes a loss of elasticity and makes cellulite more visible. The best way to combat this is through exercise and meditation.

Exercise

Specifically, aerobic exercises like swimming or jogging are recommended for getting rid of cellulite. But don’t worry if you can’t fit in a workout every day–walking is also great for strengthening the muscles underneath the skin and pushing lymphatic fluid through your body, which detoxifies cells and helps get rid of toxins that cause the buildup of fat.

Home Remedies for Cellulite

If the above lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to get rid of your cellulite, there are some natural home remedies you can try. Many of these also happen to promote health and wellness in general, so if you’re planning on starting a new regimen anyway it’s a good idea to give them a shot:

Coconut oil

Rub coconut oil into your skin before showering or bathing (you could even do this after, as long as the heat from the water doesn’t melt it away) and rinse off after 10 minutes. Coconut oil helps absorb excess fluid beneath the skin and stimulates blood flow that brings nourishment to undernourished areas. It also has antioxidant properties that help protect against free-radical damage and remove toxins from the body.

Grapefruit seed extract

This is a great option if you want to take a more natural approach to cellulite treatment, simply rub 2-3 drops of this extract over affected areas (gently) twice daily until cellulite has improved. Its antibacterial properties make it perfect for clearing up skin impurities like acne, while its antioxidant components help reduce inflammation that can cause or worsen dimples on your body. You can buy grapefruit seed extract at most health stores; just be sure to follow directions carefully when using it!

Kelp

Add kelp powder (available in most health food stores) to your bath water while bathing 2-3 times per week, and massage it into your skin while immersed in the water. This treatment helps get rid of toxins and promotes blood flow that can help reduce cellulite on thighs, hips, buttocks, stomach, legs…really any area prone to dimples!

Gotu kola

Add dried Gotu kola leaves (also available at health stores) to a bath along with kelp powder for an extra detoxifying boost. After soaking for 15 minutes drink 8 ounces of cranberry juice mixed with 8 ounces of pomegranate juice. Gotu Kola has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce inflammation all over your body–making it perfect if you have cellulite on your thighs or buttocks as well as the stretch from pregnancy or weight fluctuations.

Cinnamon

The cinnamon essential oil has been shown to be effective in alleviating the appearance of cellulite when applied topically, thanks to its antioxidant properties. Simply add 10 drops of this oil with 1 tablespoon of almond or grapeseed oil and massage into areas where cellulite appears on a daily basis for best results.

Aloe vera

This is another great option if you’re looking for an at-home remedy that can be used in conjunction with other treatments too! Aloe vera gel helps reduce inflammation which leads to improved blood flow all over your body–especially around dimpled areas–and it also contains protective antioxidants that help keep skin cells healthy. Just rub some aloe onto your skin after showering while moist, and you’ll notice the results soon enough!

Papaya

According to a study published in the Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, papaya extract has been shown to be effective in fighting cellulite. To use this as a home remedy, simply mix 1 teaspoon of papaya pulp with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of honey and apply twice daily to areas where cellulite appears for around 15-20 minutes before rinsing off.

Ginger

Add ginger powder or essential oil from fresh ginger root (available at health stores) to your bath water or directly onto affected areas, then massage it into your skin. This is another natural treatment that also helps improve blood flow which can help reduce swelling around dimples for even better results!

Green tea

Green tea can be used as a natural cellulite treatment too. It’s high in catechins that help encourage the production of collagen, which reduces sagging skin and improves elasticity all over your body. Just take advantage of its fat-blasting qualities by mixing 1 teaspoon of green tea powder with raw honey or organic coconut oil, then apply this mixture topically to the areas you want to target daily until positive results are noticed!

Sugar

The next time you make cupcakes for a bake sale or dessert for guests, save the sugar from the recipe after mixing it together for use on your thighs, hips, buttocks…anywhere you tend to notice cellulite forming! Simply rub granulated sugar into these areas–the tiny grains work like little exfoliators to help get rid of dead skin cells, while the honey or other natural carrier oils in the recipe will act as moisturizers to leave your skin feeling hydrated.

Avocado

Another simple way to reduce cellulite on your body is by taking advantage of avocado’s nutrients like magnesium, Vitamin E, and fatty acids that can all help improve blood circulation. Make a homemade scrub with 1 ripe mashed avocado mixed into 1/2 cup of whole-wheat flour (you can sweeten this mix with raw honey if you want). After applying it topically to problem areas for 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly before enjoying a warm shower so the oil doesn’t clog your pores!

Carrots

With their high Vitamin A content, carrots are a great way to boost collagen production all over the body which can reduce sagging skin and help improve elasticity. After juicing your carrots, refrigerate the leftover juice in an air-tight container for up to 3 days so you can use it as a moisturizer on desired areas whenever cellulite appears.

Oranges

Oranges have been used for centuries as a natural treatment for various ailments –especially those related to poor circulation –and their Vitamin C is what makes them such a powerful weapon against cellulite. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of orange peel powder with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and store this mixture in an airtight container until you’re ready to apply it topically (you’ll need to stir this mixture a few times a day to make sure the powder and oil blend together properly before using).

Coffee

According to research conducted by dermatologists at Northwestern University, caffeine can reduce fat deposits that appear as cellulite thanks to its ability to increase lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) which works wonders for those suffering from orange-peel skin. Mix 1 tablespoon each of coffee grounds and unsweetened cocoa powder with enough water until it forms a paste, then apply this topical scrub all over your body. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off and moisturizing as usual…and you’ll be surprised how much smoother your skin will look after just one application!

Shea butter

Shea butter helps smooth skin by working like an emollient to soften dry, flaky areas while adding a protective layer around the skin’s surface that prevents water loss. This makes it an ideal addition to homemade topical treatments (especially after bathing when pores are open and vulnerable). Mix 1/4 cup of shea butter with 2 tablespoons each of raw honey and coconut oil, then store the mixture in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use it (it will keep up to 6 months in cold storage).

Honey

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to moisturize and exfoliate dry skin all in one step, look no further than natural honey! Not only does honey help reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulite by unblocking pores and improving circulation (which can break up fluid pockets in tissues), but it’s also great for treating acne that may be making physical activity difficult. Simply mix 1/2 cup of raw honey with 1/4 cup each of granulated sugar and lemon juice, then massage this mixture all over your cellulite before showering off after 5 minutes.

Egg whites

It may sound strange, but egg whites are actually an excellent treatment for removing dead skin cells that cling to the body and contribute to the appearance of cellulite (especially on thighs and buttocks). Beat 2-3 fresh eggs until frothy then apply it topically just like you would with topical treatments containing chemical peels (the proteins in raw eggs will help lift dead skin cells away from your body), leaving it on for 20 minutes before taking a warm shower. Rinse thoroughly with cold water when finished (do not use hot water when rinsing or applying any topical treatments containing raw egg white)…and try to do this treatment at least once a week during peak cellulite season.

And last but definitely not least, stop eating processed foods and start drinking more water to improve your body’s ability to eliminate toxins from within –and for an added bonus, try cutting out caffeinated beverages as well! Just remember that nothing will ever live up to effective cellulite treatments containing ingredients that work from within using natural home remedies…but you should see some great results after a few weeks of applying these homemade topical treatments on a regular basis!