Skinny or plump, fit or unfit, most women have cellulite. It is completely normal, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with having it, but if it bothers you, do not fret—there are several simple things you can do to minimize the appearance of your cellulite. Eating healthy food, staying hydrated, and exercising regularly in combination with massaging your skin may reduce cellulite if you are persistent.
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite, or the ‘orange peel skin’ as it is often referred to, is the appearance of bumps, dimples, and lumps formed on the skin’s surface that occurs on buttocks, thighs, and thighs, hips, or stomach, mainly in women. Cellulite occurs when fat cells within the skin’s layers press up against higher tissues, causing the skin to dimple. There are many genetic, lifestyle, and hormonal factors that contribute to the development of cellulite, and it is estimated that more than 85 percent of all women have it (1). So if you have it, rest assured that you are not alone and do not be embarrassed about it.
Which Anti-Cellulite Treatments Are There?
If your cellulite makes you feel uncomfortable, there are plenty of things you can do to make your dimpled skin less visible. For example, one of the most simple but effective ways to reduce cellulite is to change your lifestyle, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and eat healthy food centered around fruits, vegetables, fiber, and whole grains. By shedding a few extra pounds and toning your muscles, the appearance of your cellulite may improve, and you will not only look better, but with the exercise-induced boost in endorphins, you will also feel happier. On top of these healthy lifestyle changes, you should take a couple of extra minutes every day to massage it out. Massaging your skin will help improve circulation and blood flow to the skin’s surface, which in turn should reduce the appearance of your cellulite.
TRIVIA: According to research on cellulite published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology and Venereology, smoking can significantly contribute to cellulite by weakening the formation of collagen so dropping the bud could actually lead to less visible cellulite (2).
What Exactly is an Anti-Cellulite Massage?
An anti-cellulite massage treatment refers to one or more massaging techniques specifically designed for cellulite reduction by breaking down the underlying fat in the areas affected by cellulite. This is a focused approach in which pressure is exerted on the affected areas of the skin by squeezing and pinching the fat deposits alternatively followed by the deliberate kneading of muscles. It helps roll away the bulging fat slowly but surely from the connective tissues, thereby vanishing the dimpled effects of cellulite.
What does an Anti-Cellulite Massage Treatment Do?
The prime objective of anti-cellulite massage treatment is to diffuse the fat cells stored underneath the surface layer of the skin by manipulating the skin itself. When the skin is massaged thoroughly and regularly, those fat deposits are broken down and spread uniformly around the connective tissues. As the fat cells do not swell out through the skin anymore, the dimpled effects are also evened out, leading to a firmer and smoother appearance of the skin.
TRIVIA: It has been found that massaging cellulite can easily target those so-called ‘difficult areas’ like inner sections of knees, upper thighs, etc., which may not be rectified through exercises.
What are the Benefits of an Anti-Cellulite Massage?
An anti-cellulite massage not only disperses fat deposits under the skin but also plays a crucial role in stimulating the tissues present around them. It is most beneficial for enhancing lymphatic functions and boosting blood circulation throughout those areas required for cellulite reduction.
This massage is an amazing addition to a healthy lifestyle and self-care routine. It is a relaxing and effective procedure that helps increase circulation and leads to brighter and smoother-looking skin. Moreover, it drains the lymph fluid and removes toxins which makes your skin more elastic and healthy. Finally, when applied in regular intervals, it is an effective treatment to prevent and reduce cellulite.
TRIVIA: A study found that a dry cupping therapy might be effective on cellulite as it encourages the drainage of fluids and toxins from the body which may ultimately improve the way cellulite looks (3).
How To Do an Anti-Cellulite Massage?
Professional masseurs usually do an anti-cellulite massage with specific essential oils, creams, lotions, or scrubs. They may use certain balls and rolling tools (battery-operated cellulite massagers) or depend on their hands for this purpose. However, you can do it by yourself too, but ensure that you follow the proper techniques.
TRIVIA: Supermarkets are bursting with creams, lotions, and pills that claim to beat cellulite, however, no over-the-counter remedy has been proven to be effective in combating cellulite (4).
4 Anti-Cellulite Massaging Techniques
There are different massaging techniques that one can opt for to reduce cellulite effectively. Let us show you how to do the anti-cellulite massage at home the right way:
First, prepare your skin for the treatment by generously applying a good massage oil all over your body. You can start from your feet or knees and move upwards, working the rest of the legs, thighs, and hips to soften and “activate” the cellulite areas. This will have amazing positive effects on your circulatory system and can give a significant boost to the blood flow through your peripheral veins and capillaries.
1. Kneading Massage
As the name suggests, this massage technique is similar to dough kneading, and you have to follow the ‘alternating squeeze and lift’ method for this. For the first half of the massage, knead the smaller sections (including inner knees, calves, upper arms, etc.) with your fingers. For the second half of the massage, knead the comparatively larger skin surfaces (including thighs, buttocks, stomach, etc.) with your hands. This technique may increase blood flow in the skin surface to a great extent, making the fat deposits loosen up and eventually dissolve.
2. Knuckle Massage
It is quite clear from the name that this massage technique revolves around the tactful uses of our knuckles for massaging out those unattractive cellulite bulges. All you need to do is hit or press the affected areas slowly but hard enough by using your fists. Such constant crushing movements into the bumps will break down the accumulated fats completely. At last, they will get dissolved or flushed out by your metabolic system.
3. “S” Massage
This is a unique procedure in which the cellulite bulges are massaged in the form of the English alphabet ‘S.’ To start with, stand straight and place both of your thumbs in right angles with your thighs. Now, grab a large section (as much skin surface as possible) of the troubled area of one thigh with both of your hands and massage in the form of ‘S’ by twisting the flesh in reverse directions. While twisting, make sure that you exert deep pressure onto the skin and stroke it heavily to release and flush out the fat deposits.
4. Wringing Massage
You may have already understood that this procedure involves the wringing movements of our hands for reducing cellulite. To make the most of this massaging technique, you have to start with your muscles relaxed. Then, tightly hold a portion of the cellulite-affected area on your thighs or buttocks with both of your hands and twist it in such a way that you are wringing out excess water from a large piece of cloth.
It is important to finish up the entire anti-cellulite massaging treatment properly to achieve the desired results fast. To finish the treatment, gently massage your skin once again, starting from the feet and slowly moving upwards, while firmly pressing with the hands and stroking with the fingers. This is good for boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage and providing a relaxing end to the massage.
Cellulite is a very common issue affecting most women regardless of their age, ethnicity, or fitness level. Even though the ‘orange peel skin’ is a completely normal thing that you should not be ashamed of, there are several ways to reduce it if you want to. The most effective anti-cellulite treatment is an anti-cellulite massage in combination with lasting healthy lifestyle habits such as a healthy diet and regular exercise. If you are doing the anti-cellulite massage yourself at home, you should apply oil on the body and then massage the body with firm movements following the massaging techniques described above. The anti-cellulite massage physically breaks up deposits in the deep layers of the skin and thus promotes better blood circulation in the area and helps the lymphatic system to remove toxins and excess fluid. This may in turn alleviate the visible symptoms of cellulite. Just remember to pair your daily 10-minute long anti-cellulite massage session with a proper diet and workout. Otherwise, you may not be able to get rid of those ugly bulges that easily.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is an anti-cellulite massage effective?
While anti-cellulite massage is not a permanent cure for cellulite, it might temporarily improve the appearance of your skin and thus make cellulite less visible.
Can cellulite go away?
Cellulite does not go away easily. However, if you eat healthy food, work out regularly, and massage your body consistently, you are supposed to notice a visible cellulite reduction after some time.
What kind of pressure should you apply when massaging your body?
The anti-cellulite massage should be performed with firm, strong movements to stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage. So do not be afraid of applying force when massaging the skin of your legs, bum, and stomach.
Which lifestyle factors cause cellulite?
While experts still do not agree on what causes cellulite, some factors that may play a role are an unhealthy diet with excessive intake of salt, fats, carbohydrates, a sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, dehydration, drinking alcohol, and smoking.
Can Massaging Devices Reduce Cellulite?
According to research, foam rollers, handheld vibrating massagers, and dry brushing will not improve the appearance of cellulite in the long term. But endermologie, a device that lifts, stretches, and rolls skin to help move fat, may improve the appearance of cellulite. However, the treatment must be repeated after a month as it tends to fade (5).
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- “Cellulite: A Review”, ResearchGate.net
- “Dry Cupping Therapy Decreases Cellulite in Women: A pilot study”, Semanticscholar.org
- “Do Anti-Cellulite Creams Work?”, Medicalnewstoday.com
- “Massage for Cellulite: What Is It, Does It Work?”, Healthline.com