When it comes to beauty, there is absolutely no need to head for cosmetic measures! Taking good care of yourself, eating well, keeping active, staying hydrated and looking after your skin and not overpowering it with cosmetic procedure and product allows you to look your best without the stress and expense! Of course the best remedy to skin issues is prevention, but in most cases it’s too late for that and we need something that will resolve the problem. Stretch marks and cellulite- we all have both somewhere on our body! But what are they?
Caused by stretching of the skin through growth. Increase in weight, growing, and pregnancy. They are long narrow streaks/stripes/lines that develop on the skin, and anywhere on the skin. Through intense stretching of the skin, marks form on the middle layer of the skin and when this layer tears, the lines are revealed.
This is caused as a result of fat pressed up against connective tissue that surrounds our fat cells. This creates a bulging of cells resulting in the lumpy effect you might see on your thighs or stomach.
It goes without saying that eating well, exercising regularly and staying hydrated will give your skin the best possible chance of looking its healthiest and reducing the fat build up in and around tissues. It will also stop too much damage when the skin might stretch thus reducing the chance of stretch marks. Sometimes though, its not that easy and we’re already stuck with them!
Here are 5 ways to reduce or get rid of those undesirable thaaangs:
1. Deep tissue massage or myofascial massage
It is thought that cellulite forms in a layer of connective tissue below the skin that contains fat cells (superficial fascia). This is fibrous tissue and in long periods of inactivity and injuries, scar tissue can form in the fascia causing the rippled look to the skin. Myofascial or deep tissue massage can smooth this layer. So regular trips to your massage therapist for these types of massage can help with cellulite prone skin. Massage in general is great for the skin as it stimulates blood flow to the surface, removes toxins (lymphatic drainage) and plumps slack skin which is essentially stretch marks. If you can’t always get to a massage therapist, get yourself a deep tissue foam roller and use this a few times a week on the affected areas.
2. Coffee exfoliating
Coffee scrubs are known for reducing cellulite and the appearance of line and stretch marks with its exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. They are known to increase and improve circulation, smooth skin and reduce puffiness. Combine ground coffee granules with a base oil such as coconut oil and massage in circular motions into the skin and rinse away. Coconut oil will give you the added moisturising benefit too.
3. Dry bristle brushing
I actually swear by this technique for the reduction of stretch marks and cellulite. I have done this for a long time and genuinely seen amazing results. Specifically using a dry bristle brush (can be found in Boots, Superdrug, Body shop… anywhere), in long sweeping movements, sweep in the direction towards your heart and over the affected area. Do this a few times over the area, and a few times a week before your shower. The reason for brushing towards your heart is because we are improving lymph flow and lymph flows towards the heart. Try it!!
4. Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil is a saviour when it comes to stretch marks, cellulite, marks and fine lines. Vitamin E application directly to the skin is an effective way to add nutrient to the skin. It also improves the strength, elasticity and condition of the skin while fading marks on the skin. Do this a few times a week after showering when you have done your dry bristle brushing and you will see quick results.
Yes- you have to get active! Kettle bells are really good for working the thighs, legs, stomach areas. Kettle bell workouts increases blood flow to these areas, again improving lymphatic drainage. Kettle bell exercises are also a great way to burn fat and build muscle- reducing cellulite formation.
Give these a go and see what works well for you! Remember everyone is different, but hey these are all natural, inexpensive and harmless remedies so they are worth a try!