It’s around this time, every year that I’m inundated with the latest gels, creams and oils claiming to be the latest wonder cure for cellulite. But with summer just around the corner, is there really a quick fix to stop orange peel skin in its tracks?
In all honesty, it’s just not that simple. I don’t believe that there’s a topical product out there that can get rid of the dimpled areas we dread so much. When it comes to cosmetic solutions, the best you can do is use a good body scrub every time you shower and moisturise well to keep skin looking outwardly smooth. Fake tan works wonders too in disguising dimples, making skin look silkier and more radiant.
But what causes cellulite in the first place?
Genetics, gender, age, race, metabolism and hormonal factors all contribute in cellulite formation- even tight clothing that restricts blood flow can exacerbate to the problem. While some of these are out of our control, our diet and lifestyle choices play a significant role. If you’re lucky enough to not have a cellulite problem just yet (wait for it, your time will come), regular exercise, weight management and reducing stress can all help to keep it at bay for a little bit longer.
Start From the Inside Out
The fight against cellulite has to start from the inside. There’s some evidence that proves that certain foods can help to reduce the appearance of orange peel skin. Here are three cellulite busters you should start including in your daily diet.
The toxins and heavy metals we consume through our food can cause the cellulite-causing fat cells in the body to expand. Coriander, or cilantro, is a cleansing herb that helps to remove these heavy metals and pollutants. This allows the cells to shrink back down to their normal size, helping skin to look smooth on the surface.
Antioxidants will help to regulate fat metabolism in the body, as well as keep it clear of toxins. Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, grapefruits and limes provide your body with a big boost of vitamin C, which helps to repair and rebuild collagen which keeps skin taut and firm.
When we’re stressed out, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol. If the body senses that it’s in a state of chronic stress, it’ll start to accumulate fat stores. This in turn, leads to the formation of cellulite. So take a deep breath and steam some asparagus. It’s a brilliant stress fighter as it’s high in folate, a natural regulator of cortisol.