Alright, guys, I promised we’d talk about cellulite this week so here goes! Do you want to know the perfect solution to all of your bumpy thigh woes? My ideal equation for the smoothest skin ever and to eliminate those dimples once and for all? I really hate to break it to you, but the magic pill for cellulite just does not exist. Unfortunately, cellulite is just a part of life and primarily driven by your genetics. But we can look at what it is, and ways to somewhat reduce the dimpled look if it’s making you uncomfortable.
Cellulite is subcutaneous fat that causes dimpling of the skin, and it primarily affects women around our butt, thighs and hips. There seems to be a difference in the structure and interaction between connective tissue and fat cells in males versus females, which is why skin dimpling is much more common in women. Generally, in women, collagen is arranged in vertical rows, while in men the fibers are more closely bound in a latticed pattern. When fat is pressed against the vertical rows, it is more visible on the skin’s surface than the more tightly bound net.
Tons of treatments, remedies and therapies are advertised out there to erase cellulite, but they either provide temporary results or no discernible results at all. Carboxytherapy, endermologie, laser lipo, and subcision are great ways to spend a whole lot of money for minimal outcome that has not been studied or proven effective sadly.
While I said there’s no magic pill, there is actually one tried and true way to improve the appearance of cellulite (and skin in general): stop smoking. Smoking reduces blood vessel flow and disrupts the formation of collagen, allowing connective tissue to become stretched or damaged. Cigarettes are terrible for you for so many reasons, so cut your nicotine habit and your skin will improve without a doubt.
I currently don’t have much cellulite, but I have had it during and after pregnancy and when I’m a few pounds heavier. I find that exercise and a eating a healthy, whole foods diet helps immensely.
Spray tan and moisturizer are your friend! This is something I swear by. Whenever I’m feeling less than confident in the appearance or texture of my skin, a little golden glow gives me a serious boost. I love the pampering aspect of a personal airbrush session, but also love St. Tropez and Kate Somerville tanning towelettes for an at-home solution.
Another practice I’ve recently adopted, and will dig deeper into later on the blog, is Gua Sha. I’ve noticed it can temporarily smooth out my thigh bumps if I’m going to be in a bathing suit or doing a photo shoot. Gua Sha is an alternative therapy that involves gently scraping your skin with a tool to improve circulation. In general, practices like Gua Sha, massage, or body brushing can give short term results for your thighs’ texture and have myriad other health benefits for your circulation and skin.
So I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news when it comes to “cottage cheese” or “orange peel” skin, but if you have cellulite then there’s little proven to do to eliminate it. Instead of battling our genetic makeup and wasting time and money on snake oil, maybe we can embrace our so-called-imperfections. Looking at facetuned, photoshopped and filtered Instagram “models” can get in your head and convince you that everyone else has magically smooth and lump-free legs but remember that’s not real life. Sure, our legs and booty might have some dimples if you’re looking extra close, but they also give us the ability to do thirty reps of squat jumps, side lunges, and hip bridges. They can take us on long hikes, stroller walks, stand-up paddle boarding, and dancing our hearts out. Personally, I’ve chosen to say fuck it about my cellulite, and I rock my short shorts regardless. Life’s too short to sweat a few dimples.