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Fight back against cellulite

SMOOTH VIEWS: Get beach-confident with these tips on cellulite control (photo credit: iStock)

THOUSANDS OF people have cellulite, but most don’t know how to get rid of it. No person is safe – men, women, big or small, we all have the potential to get it.

For some however, this can be a serious body issue that can cause sufferers to become very insecure and embarrassed about how they look.

With bikini season fast-approaching, Chantelle Kimberley has looked at some of the best treatments available to help banish cellulite blues and create a feeling of body confidence.

Body brushing


BRUSH-UP ON BEAUTY: A body brush should be easily found on your local High Street (photo credit: She Makes Magic)

Body brushing is a great way to get blood flowing and to stimulate the lymph glands. It effectively opens-up the pores on your skin which is something you should be doing daily, or even twice a day. It must be done on dry skin, preferably before you shower, making sure to never get the brush wet. As well as removing dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. Body brushing will leave you with a smooth, glowing complexion. It is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to improve the appearance of cellulite.

Elemis Body Sculpting Colon Therapy


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This 50 minute-long treatment is essentially a massage for the thighs and stomach. The treatment starts with a body brush to boost circulation and exfoliate the skin. The next step is to do a whole leg massage that focuses on the thighs, using what they call ‘hacking and pummelling’ motions to break down fatty tissue. The back of the body is worked on first, followed by the front. A fennel mask is applied, which stays on for 10 minutes while massaging the stomach and the colon to detoxify the body and flush out bacteria. After that the mask is peeled off the skin and wiped down with hot mitts before applying a firming cream to finish. This treatment is meant to help with water retention, reduction of cellulite, and detoxification, aiming to break down fatty deposits. It is more of an invigorating and stimulating massage than a relaxing one.

Cayenne pepper


FIRE-UP YOUR SYSTEM: Cayenne pepper offers health and beauty bonuses as well as a kick for food (photo credit: Style Craze)

Cayenne pepper is known to have fat-burning properties and has the ability to naturally heat-up the body, increase blood circulation and boost metabolism. It also helps get rid of bad skin cells and replace them with strong, new healthy cells. Regular doses of cayenne pepper will help eliminate toxins from the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite. This easy-to-make drink will give you a healthy dose of cayenne pepper:

• 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper powder

• 1 teaspoon of grated ginger

• Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a glass of warm water and mix it well

• Drink once or twice daily for one or two months for results.

Coffee scrub


WAKE-UP CALL: Coffee has multiple uses

Not only is this a great scrub, the properties in coffee tighten the skin helping to reduce cellulite. The caffeine in coffee helps to stimulate blood and lymph fl ow, thus diminishing the appearance of cellulite. For results use two to three times a week. You will notice an improvement in your skin’s texture after two weeks.

• 1/4 cup coffee grounds

• 3 tablespoons sugar or brown sugar

• 2-3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil or oil of your choice

Exercise


GET MOVING: Exercise works wonders for combatting cellulite

Exercise plays an important role in reducing cellulite. Doing exercises that concentrate specifically on the hips, thighs, buttocks and stomach areas will minimise the appearance. Kettlebells are a good option as they work a number of areas, giving you a full body workout.

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