Cellulite -- an all-too-common problem that affects an estimated 80-90% of women and some men. It’s part of skin formation and a consequence of aging, but thankfully, it’s not a major concern in regards to your overall health.
That still doesn’t make the thought of dimpled thighs anymore bearable.
Fortunately, cellulite doesn’t have to be permanent. There are a number of ways you can get rid of it, and we’ve got a list of four ways you can clear cellulite for good!
But first, let’s briefly recap what cellulite is.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a localized skin condition that occurs when a layer of fat under the skin pushes up against the connective tissue. This creates a lumpy, dimpled appearance on the skin.
It’s most commonly found on the backside of the thighs, lower abdomen, and butt.
How to Get Rid of Cellulite
It’s a well-known fact that lifting weights helps build muscle, burn calories, and boost your metabolism. By losing fat and sculpting lean muscle in your thighs, glutes, and abs, you can help reduce the level of cellulite in the body.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) also helps create a tremendous spike in your metabolic rate and has your body burning extra calories for up to 48 hours post-workout. This further supports your weight loss efforts, and even better, it also helps retain lean muscle better than long, endurance exercise.
One of the easiest home remedies to get rid of cellulite is massage. You can perform the massage yourself, have your partner do it, or seek the assistance of a professional massage therapist.
The way in which massaging helps reduce cellulite is by improving lymphatic drainage. Massages also help lengthen and stretch your skin tissue, which can help stretch out the dimples created by cellulite, too.
It’s also worth mentioning that a single massage session won’t eliminate cellulite for good. To see significant changes in the appearance of cellulite, regular massaging to the affected area is key to seeing your desired results? Also, know that just one massage won’t help when it comes to cellulite. You need to repeat the process consistently to achieve and maintain your desired results.
Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is another low-cost way to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Water helps flush toxins and waste products from the body, improves circulation, and encourages lymphatic flow -- all of which help lessen cellulite.
Try Collagen Peptides
Collagen supplements are insanely popular these days as both men and women look for natural means to improve the function and quality of their skin, hair, and joints.
It just so happens that collagen supplements may help get rid of cellulite.
Research has shown that consuming bioactive collagen peptides, similar to those found in 1UP Hydrolyzed Collagen, helps reduce skin wrinkles and lead to improvements in cellulite.[2,3]
Beyond the dermatological benefits, collagen supplements also have been documented to support joint health, cardiovascular health, and gut health.
Cellulite is an unfortunate consequence of aging and the risk of developing it increases the older we get. Fortunately, by adopting healthy lifestyle measures (proper diet, exercise, hydration, etc.), you can lower your chances of developing cellulite, or if you already have it, enacting these measures can help lessen the appearance of it.
- Lubberding, S., Krueger, N., & Sadick, N. S. (2015). Cellulite: An Evidence-Based Review. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 16(4), 243–256. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40257-015-0129-5
- Proksch, E., Schunck, M., Zague, V., Segger, D., Degwert, J., & Oesser, S. (2014). Oral intake of specific bioactive collagen peptides reduces skin wrinkles and increases dermal matrix synthesis. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 27(3), 113–119. https://doi.org/10.1159/000355523
- Schunck M, Zague V, Oesser S, Proksch E. Dietary Supplementation with Specific Collagen Peptides Has a Body Mass Index-Dependent Beneficial Effect on Cellulite Morphology. J Med Food. 2015;18(12):1340–1348. doi:10.1089/jmf.2015.0022