Alright ladies, I don’t know about you but the back of my thighs don’t look as, ummmm, shall we say: smooth and taught as they once did. 😉
As I understand it from the research I’ve done, cellulite develops over time in parts of the body that don’t get much circulation. What is it exactly? Pretty much what we suspect: FAT!
“As that muscle layer becomes thinner, weaker, and less firm, that overlying fat layer now doesn’t have a stable base.
The fat crinkles and wrinkles and goes in any direction because there’s not a solid, smooth foundation underneath it.”
(Source: Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, Prevention advisor and fitness research director at Quincy College)
This helps explain why the butt and back of the legs develop that not-so-flattering “cottage cheese” look that commonly appears as we age.
Considering the amount of hours I spend sitting in front of the computer (to write and research these handy tips, lol), no wonder I have issues!
Exercise routines that focus on problem areas can help, but here’s some interesting advice sent in by Linda:
Save used coffee grounds to make a body scrub then apply to areas that have cellulite or show signs of it developing.
Of course that tip caught my full attention and I just had to investigate further. Was this too good to be true or was there some veracity to this and a caffeine-rich scrub can indeed get rid of cellulite?
I discovered: Yes! Apparently conducting regular treatments like this can provide some positive and significant results! (Sources listed at bottom of this article).
I’ve compiled the recipe and instructions for making a batch and how to use it, but first here are a few quick notes before getting started…
- You’ll need some patience! It may take several months of consistent treatments for significant results to appear. Don’t let this discourage you, start now and you’ll be primed for next summer’s bikini season!
- If you have sensitive skin or are a bit older, don’t do more than twice a week to protect against overworking the skin. If irritations develop, reduce to once a week.
- Is it ok if the coffee is decaffeinated? This is interesting: apparently it’s not as effective! Caffeine is the workhorse in this home remedy and an important ingredient that can’t be skipped.
- The grounds don’t need to be put to use as soon as they’ve brewed, you can pack them in a container and refrigerate until needed. Microwave for about 30 seconds or so until they’re toasty warm (not hot).
- Drinking lots of water helps your body stay hydrated and fights off those wretched dimples from developing in the first place.
Combine a mix of olive oil and warm coffee grounds.
- Incorporate 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 applying to skin then covering with plastic wrap. After 15 minutes pull off the plastic and shower to remove all the paste.
- Repeat this procedure 2 to 3 times a week.
- Another recipe you can try: 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). Deeply massage in for at least 5 minutes each time.
- Rub concerning areas with a loofah sponge and slightly warmed olive oil for a few minutes before showering.
- Deeply massage trouble spots regularly to work on the fatty bumps and lumps plus increase circulation.
- Bathe twice a week with 2 cups of coarse sea salt added to the water.
- Dimple Buster: Combine 1 TBS Honey with 1 TBS baking soda, add 1.5 tsp of lukewarm water then aggressively work into tummy, thighs and legs for 3 minutes until skin tone is flushed. You can decrease/add water if consistency isn’t right.
- There’s Lead In Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon
- Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, Rinses, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox
Thanks a bunch to Linda for sharing this definitely “Good To Know” advice!