5 Simple Steps to Cellulite-Free Skin

Rucuss staffAugust 27, 2012

Dimples are only cute on babies.

Cellulite is not pretty, and no one wants it. But it can be very difficult to get rid of. With the right exercise plan, you can reduce your cellulite and make your lower body look smoother and firmer.  Self magazine also put together five easy steps for cellulite skin. Take a look at the list below.

The Easy Fix: Hydrate

H2O is like kryptonite to cellulite. It has the power to sideline puckers. Sure, you can chug it, but chewing it (you heard right!) is more effective.

Why it works: Water is a bloat buster that flushes away excess salt. But according to Howard Murad, M.D., a dermatologist and author of The Cellulite Solution, eating water-rich foods is a more potent way to diminish dimples. His top pick? Watermelon! It’s about 90 percent water, he says, and because it has only 46 calories per cup, you can gobble it down without worrying about weight gain. What’s more, like plums, mangoes or just about every other aguafilled fruit, it offers vitamins A and C, two essential antioxidants that help maintain skin’s thickness.

The Sweaty Solution: Exercise

Zap fat with cardio, and chances are, you’ll lessen the look of cellulite. But the real exercise secret lies in one magic move: the lunge. You don’t have to try it, unless, that is, you want firmer thighs.

Why it works: The lunge is one of your best weapons against cellulite, because it builds lean muscle in your butt and thighs, two cellulite-prone zones. Think of your leg as a legal pad: The paper is your fat, and the cardboard back is your muscle, says Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., coauthor of No More Cellulite and research director at Quincy College in Massachusetts. If the cardboard is flimsy or missing altogether, the paper flops about, bulging inward and outward (as cellulite does); but if the cardboard is sturdy, the paper stays smooth.

The Who-Knew? Cure: Caffeine

Slather on a stimulant-laced cream before you dare to bare in anything short-short, and it will tighten skin for hours. Think of it as invisible Spanx.

Why it works: Caffeine temporarily eliminates water in the connective tissue, making devilish dents less noticeable. Sorry, but downing a double espresso won’t do it. Look for a cellulite cream with caffeine or aminophylline and theophylline, two of its chemical cousins, headlining the ingredient list.

The Big-Bucks Band-Aid: Zap It

Can’t live with cellulite one more second? If you have a stash of cash, enlist a pro. This new treatment is a pricey but promising way to rid yourself of ripples.

Why it works: Liposuction has long been the go-to doctor treatment because it removes fat, and where there’s less fat, there’s less cellulite. Lipo, however, doesn’t deep-six the fat-compressing connective tissue that gives cellulite its telltale cottage cheese look.

Enter Cellulaze, a new FDA-approved treatment for cellulite. The triple-duty laser heats and melts fat, slices the web-like connective tissue that traps fat in the first place and stimulates collagen growth for thicker skin, explains Bruce Katz, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC who conducted clinical trials for the device. “For 80 percent of subjects, cellulite was completely gone, and the remainder saw 80 to 90 percent of their cellulite disappear,” Dr. Katz says.

The procedure is considered minimally invasive: After making a tiny incision, your doctor inserts a laser probe smaller than a pencil into cellulite zones. Because Cellulaze is performed under a local anesthetic, there’s no pain during the process. Afterward, soreness can last two days; any bruising or swelling should subside in two to three weeks. One in-office treatment, to the tune of $2,000 to $3,000, will do the job for your butt or thighs. Because the procedure is brand-new, it’s just rolling out across the country. But you can find it in major cities: Visit Cellulaze.com for locations.

Your Last Resort: Bring on the Bronzer

Still pestered by the puckering on your thighs and butt? If all else fails, cover it up with a faux tan. This pro advice will teach you the simple way to fab-ify your bottom line fast.

Why it works: Objects in the mirror appear smaller when they’re darker, and that includes cellulite. Whether you use a tanning lotion or a spray, exfoliate first with a gentle body scrub to even out your skin’s surface, says Jimmy Coco, the “tan man” for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (Yes, even seemingly perfect supermodels need camouflage!) If you’re trying a spray-on self-tanner, prevent overload accidents by misting into the sink first. “This gives you a feeling of how fast the product comes out and how hard you need to push down,” Coco explains.

Whichever formula you do choose, he suggests, apply it in a circular motion to avoid streaks. If there’s no time to air-dry, use a hair-dryer set to cool. Nervous about where to stop and start? Opt for a self-tanner that has a bronze tint to allow you to view your handiwork. Before you head out, try spa guru Kilgore’s sexy finisher: Apply a shimmery bronzer down the center of your legs. It’s a visual trick that gives them a longer, leaner look. Show ’em off, hot stuff!

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