12 Proven Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite
The quickest way to improve the appearance of cellulite is with a lotion or a cream containing caffeine, which has a temporary tightening effect. Plus, the act of massaging a cream in daily (or twice a day) may improve circulation to the area to minimize bumps, says Sandy.
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If you want a quick, temporary solution to concealing cellulite, try slathering on some self-tanner or getting a spray tan at a salon. "The tanner creates the appearance of even skin tone and has a slimming effect," says Sandy.
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"Strong muscles make cellulite less obvious," says trainer Lacey Stone, who has worked with Nicole Kidman. Just squeeze in these squats to tone the area while watchingTrue Blood: Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, stick your butt out as you bend your knees to a sitting position; hold for two seconds, then return to standing. Repeat15 times, three days a week.
Not all cellulite looks the same — some is dimply and cottage cheese-y in appearance while other times, the skin is just wavy and texturally uneven, explains Sandy. If you don't have dimples but want the skin on the back of your thighs, arms, or tummy to be less lumpy, lasers offer a permanent solution. After your doctor makes a small incision, a laser (such as or Cellulaze) is passed under the skin to release dimples, melt the fat, and thermally heat up the skin, which helps stimulate collagen and elastin production. While just one treatment will create significant improvement, you should expect some recovery time, says Sandy.
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"Non-invasive with little to no downtime, radiofrequency technology basically heats up the fat cells to help liquify and reduce the appearance of cellulite," says Dadvand. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and feels like a warm massage. You should see results in a few weeks, and while radiofrequency — also called ultrasound or ultrasonic fat cavitation (brand names include Velasmooth and Velashape and the newer BTL Exilis Ultra) — isn't permanent, after about six or so treatments, you'll see long-term but temporary results (the results wear off in a few years).
If fat reduction and skin tightening isn't your issue — but persistent dimpling is — check out the new Cellfina, which lasts longer than radiofrequency but doesn't have the recover time of traditional lasers. Minimally invasive, the in-office procedure works like this: First, your cellulite dimples are marked by your doctor and local anesthetic is applied. Then the Celfina machine suctions the skin up while small needles go under the skin and cut the tight fibers to release the upper layer of fat from the skin "The pressure from the suction and release of the tightened fibers results in a softening of the cellulite dimples," explains Sandy.
Endermologie, which has been around for decades, is basically deep massage which opens up the lymphatic system to help get rid of swelling. "Lots of celebrities do endermologie before an awards or red carpet event," says Dr. Davand. Kind of like a super-charged lymphatic drainage massage, the procedure uses what is basically a roller massage machine. The results are fairly immediate — but temporary. "After an in-office procedure such as Cellulaze or Cellfina, endermologie can also help reduce any further swelling," says Dr. Davand.
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It might seem easier to apply a cream rather than change your diet, but nothing is going to get rid of cellulite quicker than filling your body with nutritious meals. Processed and artificial foods, sugar, fat, and sodium aren't doing you any good when it comes to your health — and they can also explain why it's hard to shake the unwanted dimples. Instead, fill your plate with fruit, veggies, and healthy fats and grains to help prevent and get rid of cellulite.
When you're not keeping yourself hydrated, it shows all over your body, butt, and legs included. According to Amy Shapiro, M.S., R.D., being dehydrated makes cellulite look more visible. To combat it, try to avoid super salty foods and get in your eight glasses of water a day. The fluids will help replenish your body, making the skin look less dimpled and lumpy.
Cellulite or cheese — that is the (unfortunate) question.
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