Alright ladies, I don’t know about you but the back of my thighs don’t look as, ummmm, smooth as they once did. As I understand it, cellulite develops over time in parts of the body that don’t get much circulation. Considering the amount of time I spend sitting in front of the computer (to write and research these handy tips, lol), no wonder I have issues! It also explains why the butt and back of the legs develop that “cottage cheese” look that commonly happens as we age.
Exercise routines that focus on problem areas can help, but here’s an interesting suggestion sent in by Linda: save coffee grounds to use as a body scrub on areas that have cellulite. Of course that tip caught my full attention and I just had to investigate further…and yup, apparently it can make a difference. Here’s the scoop:
- Make a homemade mix of olive oil and warm coffee grounds. They don’t need to be used as soon as they’ve brewed, refrigerate until needed and then microwave for about 30 seconds or so until they’re toasty warm (not hot).
- Mix them with enough olive oil to make a thick paste then rub into problem areas to stimulate the blood flow.
- Massage vigorously for a few minutes then shower to wash it all away. Treatment can also be intensified by wrapping the applied mixture with plastic wrap and leaving it on for up to 15 minutes before showering.
- Repeat procedure 2 to 3 times a week. May take several months of consistent treatments for significant results to appear.
- Another recipe: 1 cup fresh grounds with a 1/2 cup each of brown sugar, sea salt and almond oil. Seal in a jar and store in a cool, dry place (shelf life is about 4 weeks). Massage in for at least 5 minutes each time.
Is it ok if it’s decaffeinated? Apparently it’s not as effective, the caffeine is an important ingredient that can’t be skipped.
Here Are A Few More Remedies:
- Rub spot with a loofah sponge and slightly warm olive oil for a few minutes before showering.
- Massage problem areas regularly to work on the fatty bumps and lumps and increase circulation.
- Bathe twice a week with 2 cups of coarse sea salt added to the water.
- Drinking lots of water helps skin stay hydrated and fights off trouble from developing in the first place.
Thanks a bunch to Linda for sharing this!
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