Yes, I know this is a health and fitness blog and black women’s health isn’t dependent on being cellulite free, but let’s face it, none of us wants wrinkled thighs. Unfortunately, because many black women ten to carry our weight in the hips, thighs and buttocks we are definitely prone to thos dreaded dimples. So, as swimsuit season nears I thought I’d leave you all with some tips on how to get those nice smooth thighs you’ll need to rock this seasons bikinis:
1. Drop Some Pounds
Essentially cellulite is fat. The less fat you have, the less cellulite you will have. There’s a reason why you don’t see too many ballet dancers or Olympic athletes with cellulite; they have very little body fat. It’s been shown that weight loss generally reduces the fat that causes dimpling in the butt and the thighs. When your body fat drops, your fat cells shrink and your skin looks smoother and more contoured.
2. Tighten and Tone to Work It Off
Losing the fat is only part of the battle. We’ve all seen skinny people who had plenty of cellulite. This happens because, while they are slim, they aren’t toned. The skin is loose, allowing what body fat they do have to show through in the dimply, puffy fashion that characterizes cellulite. Adding resistance training to your workouts will help to tone and tighten up your skin to give your butt and thighs a more firm and smooth appearance.
3. Massage Your Thighs
Massage is a temporary and easily to administer cellulite remedy. While it won’t make the fat go away, it will redistribute the fat, giving your thighs a smoother, firmer look, temporarily. To get the desired results, follow a daily routine. After getting out of the shower, sit on the edge of the tub and, using your fist, massage the skin on your thighs. You should apply quite a bit of pressure over all of your cellulite heavy areas. Repeat a few times on each leg. The massaging will help prevent fat from collecting in one area and break up and smooth out the fat that is already there.
4. Coffee Is for More Than Just Drinking
Most cellulite creams have one main ingredient–caffeine. Caffeine, outside of being a morning pick-me-up, also helps to keep the fat cells moving. You can use coffee grounds in a twice per week routine for this purpose. Start by placing newspaper on your bathroom floor. Sit on the edge of the bathtub with a can of coffee grounds. Rub the coffee grounds into the cellulite-laden areas of your body with your hand or a loofah. Wrap your legs with seaweed or plastic wrap and let sit for a few minutes. Unwrap your legs and rinse off thoroughly. For extra intensity, take a rolling pin and apply it to your legs while wrapped…Don’t Stop Now