As a teenager, going through puberty was hard enough without the introduction of cellulite to my body. I wouldn't go out of my way and say it made me terribly insecure, but it did put a damper on my spirits, knowing I'd never achieve perfectly airbrushed supermodel legs.
But my last boyfriend was the straw on the camel that broke its back. It was summer and I remember I had just put on my bathing suit for my first swim. He took one peek of the back of my thighs and had the audacity to ask what was wrong with my legs.
I started doing research on cellulite and found out 89% to 98% of women experience this dimpled appearance on their bodies, and it typically occurs due to imbalances in the connective tissue and fat in a person's body. While there's no concrete evidence of what plays as factor in getting cellulite, it's argued hormones, diet, lifestyle and genetics play a significant role.
But if you're like me and the vast majority of the population, here are five natural hacks to get rid of unwanted cellulite.
1. Try Dry Brushing
I've never heard of this technique before, but this method helps stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body by opening up pores on your skin. While it's not scientifically proven (but there are plenty of people who swear by it), it's suppose to tighten skin and help in the cell renewal process. For maximum benefits, it should be done at least once a day, when the skin is dry.
2. Eat Gelatin
While this remedy isn't suitable for vegetarians, the rest of us can enjoy the several health benefits of this flavorless food.
Along with supporting skin, nail, and hair growth, gelatin is a great source of dietary collagen, which also tightens loose skin. Since collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, Health Ambition says skin creams are essentially ineffective, and using coconut oil is a better alternative for external aid.