As spring becomes summer our sweaters become tanks and our rain boots become sandals. However, what else do you find hiding under those layers? If you look in the mirror and notice cellulite on your thighs, you’re not alone. Before you decide it’s time to shun your short-shorts, take a quick peak into your kitchen cabinets. They might have the answer you need.
No, you don’t need to crash diet your way to thinner thighs. Your weight actually has very little to do with whether you have cellulite. Between 85 and 90 percent of women have cellulite on their body, and how much they have depends on two things: first, the amount of collagen and elastin in your body (which keeps the connective tissues in place) and second, your body’s circulation. The former, you can adjust with what you eat; the latter with what you apply.
Here are two easy, natural, and affordable DIY recipes to keep you cellulite-free.
Raw Creamsicle Milk Shake
Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free
Tropical and citrus fruits, such as pineapples, papayas, and oranges, are all high in vitamin C; this helps your body produce collagen, a protein that helps skin maintain its firmness and elasticity from the inside out. Plus, the bioflavonoids found in citrus fruits help strengthen capillaries and increase circulation, both of which can help your body to flush away cellulite—or, at the very least, help to make it less obvious. Add raw coconut meat—high in medium-chain fatty acids, which studies suggest may boost your metabolism—and this deliciously creamy milkshake will help get your body ready for your next pool party.
Serves 1 to 2
1 large navel orange, peeled and frozen
¼ cup pineapple cubes, fresh or frozen
¼ cup papaya cubes, fresh or frozen
1 ½ cups raw coconut meat (or the meat from 2 young Thai coconuts)
½ to 1 cup coconut water, as desired
Peel and freeze the navel orange overnight, or longer. In a blender, combine fruit and coconut meat and begin to blend. Slowly add coconut water until all ingredients are combined and you achieve desired consistency.
Cellulite-Concealing Coffee Scrub
Suitable for all skin types
If you look at the packages of the most expensive cellulite creams on the market, the one ingredient that’s bound to appear over and over again is caffeine. Because of its ability to temporarily increase blood flow at the skin’s surface (which plumps up the dimples) and flush out the water in the connective tissue (which deflates the lumps), caffeine is highly effective at making devilish dimples disappear.
There’s no need to spend a fortune on an ingredient you can get (very cheaply!) in your own kitchen. Mixed with wheat germ oil—which is rich in vitamin E to help skin heal itself from the inside out—this coffee scrub is sure to become one of your favorite beach-ready remedies. Plus, this DIY cellulite-concealing scrub is chemical-free, so you don’t need to worry about all those other ingredients you can’t pronounce on the store-bought versions.
½ cup caffeinated coffee grounds
¼ cup wheat germ oil
Mix the coffee grounds and wheat germ oil together to form a thick paste. Standing in the bath to reduce mess, apply the mixture to cellulite-covered skin. Cover skin tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes. Remove wrap then vigorously rub the mixture in upward circular motions for at least 5 minutes. Rinse clean with warm water. Results are temporary, so for best results repeat daily.
Alexis Wolfer is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online women’s magazine The Beauty Bean and the author of The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen. Visit her online at thebeautybean.com.