9 Natural Remedies for Cellulite

9 Natural Remedies for Cellulite

Cellulite seems to be one of those problems that plagues many women these days. Based on the number of times cellulite remedies appear in women’s magazines, websites, and blogs, I’m guessing that this is a problem we still haven’t solved.

Most sources agree that the dimpled appearance of cellulite occurs due to problems/imbalance in the connective tissue and fat in a person’s body, but there are many theories about what may cause this imbalance. It seems that hormones, diet, lifestyle and genetics all play a role but are not absolutes. While those who are overweight tend to have a higher chance of getting cellulite, many thin women complain of it as well.

Below are natural remedies I’ve either tried myself or had trusted sources recommend. They should all help balance the connective tissue/fat in the body and address the many possible causes. Either way, these things are beneficial for other reasons too so they are worth a try!

1. Dry Brushing

This is one remedy that there may not be any scientific evidence that it works but that there is a lot of anecdotal support for. Either way, it feels great and helps stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body. Here are some specifics from this article:

How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.

Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.”

It seems that a natural bristle semi-firm brush with a handle (like this one) is best and I keep mine in the shower to use daily right before showering. Here is a tutorial video that explains the specifics:

2. Consuming Gelatin

According to Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:

  • Gelatin supports skin, hair and nail growth
  • It is good  for joints and can help joint recovery
  • Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having four babies in five years…)
  • Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track
  • Rumored to help improve cellulite
  • Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)
  • Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

One theory is that the decline of gelatin containing foods in our diets has led to an increase in cellulite as we don’t have the needed building blocks for healthy connective tissue. Either way, it is another remedy that is good for other reasons and worth a try.

Here are 12 ways I use Gelatin.

3. Myofascial Massage

One theory is that: “Cellulite forms in the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue below the skin that contains fat cells. Superficial fascia is fibrous and due to inactivity, injuries, and improper exercise, adhesions (scar tissue) in the fascia can form contributing to the bunched-up or rippled look of the skin. Not only does the superficial fascia become more fibrous, thickened and coarse, less flexible, but it can also adhere to underlying structures that it normally slides over.”

Some therapists are able to perform a type of massage called myofascial massage or myofascial release, which smoothes this layer of connective tissue and can apparently also help with some types of muscle and joint problems that are related to imbalances in the fascia.

For those of us who don’t have access to regular massage, it seems that using a deep tissue foam roller (like this one) regularly can greatly help as well.

4. Coffee Scrub

Coffee scrubs can be beneficial in reducing cellulite as well. The massage and exfoliation benefits skin by stimulating blood/lymph flow and the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect. Pinterest is speckled with accounts of coffee scrubs and wraps working for reducing cellulite and loose skin, and like the other remedies, it is at least worth a try. If nothing else, coffee smells great and this scrub will exfoliate skin:

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup coffee grounds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil

What to do:
Combine the ingredients to create a paste-like consistency (note that it will harden if cooled if you are using unrefined coconut oil). Store in a glass jar.

To Use:
Massage in to skin for several minutes using firm pressure and wash as usual. Use 2-3 times a week. Results should be visible within a couple of weeks.

5. Kettlebells

Kettlebells are one of my favorite ways to workout and they are especially good for the hips/thighs/buttocks/stomach areas (don’t believe me? do one kettlebell workout and let me know how your thighs feel the next day!)

Increasing blood flow to these areas can help remove cellulite and kettlebells are one of the most effective ways to build muscle and burn fat (both which help minimize the appearance of cellulite)

6. Omega-3s

Another theory is that consumption of the wrong kinds of fats leads to an imbalance of the fatty acids that the body needs for smooth skin and tissue. There is some evidence that consuming enough Omega-3 fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins will help reduce cellulite over time. Either way, Omega-3s and fat soluble vitamins are important for many other functions in the body, so it won’t hurt to try it!

Personally, I take fermented cod liver oil daily for skin health (and for many other reasons).

7. Detox Baths

I love detox baths because they are relaxing, but yet another theory proclaims that toxin build-up in skin and fat tissues lead to cellulite. I couldn’t find any scientific evidence to back the toxin claim, but detox baths can be relaxing and great for the skin in other ways, so they are worth a try!

Here are three of my favorite detox bath recipes.

8. Moisturize Naturally

Just as detox baths may help remove toxins that can lead to skin problems (and maybe cellulite), constantly adding toxins back to the skin in the form of chemical-laden beauty products probably doesn’t help much! If you haven’t already, try using natural options for skin care and moisturizing. Simple coconut oil will work as an all-purpose moisturizer, but if you want to get a little more sophisticated, these are a few of my favorite recipes:

9. Balance Hormones

It seems that many sources agree that hormones play a large part in cellulite formation (one reason that women typically get it and men don’t) and that working toward proper hormone balance can help reduce cellulite. Even if it doesn’t get rid of cellulite, balancing hormones helps in so many other ways that it is worth working on!

Here is my guide to balancing hormones naturally.

What do you think? Do you have cellulite? Have you been able to get rid of it naturally? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. says

    I’m a naturally-thin woman, but I used to have cellulite. I didn’t like it, but I also didn’t worry too much about it since I don’t bare my body much.

    I eventually I started changing to a more traditional-foods diet and emphasized omega-3’s (taking fish oil supplements) to help me get pregnant (and I did). I was so distracted by the other changes happening in my body I didn’t even pay attention to the cellulite. After I had my baby, though, I noticed it was gone. I don’t have cellulite any more! It’s completely gone. I personally think the good fats, especially the fish oil, helped me get rid of it.

    Like you said, it’s worth a try!

  2. Melissa Waldrop says

    How much fermented cod liver oil do you take daily? I have the brand you recommend in capsule form and I take two each morning. Just wondering what the best way is to take them (2 in morning, 2 at night or 1 a day or 1 in the morning and 1 at night…) Thank you!

    • says

      I’m nursing right now, so I take about 4-8 of those capsules around lunch time. I don’t suggest them at night… I found that the vitamin D in them made my body think it was daytime and I had trouble sleeping..

      • Lisa Wilson says

        Therapeutic Cupping is a modality that some massage therapists are trained in.
        You can also buy silicone cups which would be easier to use. Make sure to lift while sliding across the affected area.

  3. linda says

    I’m trying to find the photo of the woman and child in Somalia you posted a few days ago. I can’t find it on your pinterest. Could you tell me where to find it? Thank you

  4. Eford says

    #5… Oh yes, now I believe you. I just got a kettlebell and have done only one 18 minute workout. Nearly 3 days later and buns, thighs, and a bunch of small muscles in my legs that I didn’t realize existed, are still sore. Can’t wait to see what a few months with the kettlebell does for my big ole booty and all that hail damage back there (a.k.a. cellulite).

  5. Melissa Locks says

    I have lost all of my baby weight from having my 3rd daughter and of course being a 32 year old mother of 3, there can be areas that needa little extra help. I read a review that if you use the Lady Soma Berry Masque on cellulite – it would work. This is a glyolic mask.

    This mask will not replace proper diet and working out. However, in conjunction with, it is excellent. Decided to try the Lady Soma Mask on my stretch marks – I apply it to the area I want to treat and I wrap myself in saran plastic wrap. I see beautiful smooth results. I’ve even noticed a HUGE decrease in the creases on the skin on my neck. Which has been a proble since I was young. Anyway, my BUT is, you have to still work out, eat right and drink lots of h20. Enjoy the results!

  6. Nick Benson says

    Make it a habit to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. Water helps in getting rid of the harmful toxic wastes and hydrates the skin to lessen the appearance of cellulite.

    • Nicole Bailey says

      I agree with Nick. Make it a habit to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily! This is very true and helps a lot.

  7. Veronica says

    Hi there, I have been told that eating to much bread causes cellulite is this true? Though I do not eat white bread , I consume multi grains, and honey wheat breads. Does this apply to all breads?

  8. Gib says

    Just FYI, cellulite is far from a modern problem. It’s been painted, drawn, sculpted, and even carved into stone for centuries, if not millennia. I’ve heard that upwards of 90% of women have it at some point in their lives, so while it’s not considered attractive by todays standards, there’s no reason to freak out about having it. It may be linked to health in some cases, but honestly, it’s perfectly natural.

  9. Linda says

    To help get rid of cellulite, and tone your butt, here’s what I do:

    Drink Water – Drinking water can help to reduce cellulite, but not for the reason that you normally hear. Water does not flush “toxins” out of your cellulite, or anything else. Water is good for the skin, and can help improve elasticity and make your skin look tighter and younger. This not only makes you look younger, but can help tighten the skin on the thighs and butt.

    Exercise – Many so-called “experts” claim that running, biking, and cardio are good ways to get rid of cellulite. While this is partially true, its certainly not the fastest or most effective way to do it. Targeted resistance training can deliver much faster and more noticeable results. It’s also more effective at burning fat than doing cardio, contrary to popular belief.

  10. faniswa says

    got the tips on how to fight cellulite and get rid of it but what I would like to know is it the only thing that causes cellulilites bcoz I”am involve in gymn I take !hr session for 3_5 days a week. i had cellulites last I’m having it for the second time now. hey its painful. I would also like to know if its advisable to go to the gymn whilst you are still red and a bit swollen.

  11. Anthony Dyon says

    Excellent tips. Natural is the wave of the present and the future. The coffee ground one has always made wonder….does it work?

  12. Jason Ellis says

    There are proper ways to exercise to burn cellulite, and this must be done religiously not on a mood basis.

  13. Nancy says

    I want to be able to get up from bed without putting a towel around my butt just once!!! I hate my cellulite !!! I’m going to try the coffee scrub and exercising! I’m tired of this !!?

  14. Chole C says

    I’ve noticied lately (since I’ve been more active, working two very active jobs) I’ve been losing more weight and for some reason, my dimples have been way WAY more noticable. Being active means I’m drinking more water than I used to, and I’m obviously getting the proper exercise.. I’m completely at a loss as to what else could be causing it! Which makes me wonder if/and how much these remedies will actually work for me… :(

  15. Joy says

    Just had to lend some validity to the idea that skin brushing might really help reduce cellulite…

    I have plantar fasciitis, and when I went to the physical therapist over it, he told me that we have connective tissue between our skin and muscles called fascia. And when we don’t get enough physical activity, or maybe not the right types of physical activity, the fascia can sort of change shape. Instead of running in long parallel strands, it piles up like a plate of spaghetti. To combat this effect, he told me I should massage the backs of my calves with something small and firm. (Specifically, he had me use the handles of a pair of scissors. Maybe not the best choice.) And he said this would help the fascia sort of reattach itself properly–along with proper exercise and nutrition.

    While this wasn’t something he suggested to combat cellulite, it makes sense to me that it’s something that could help reduce the appearance of it. So, skin brushing sounds like it could have a similar effect … though it’s maybe not done as roughly as the method my physical therapist suggested.

  16. Kellie says

    Cellulite is naturally occurring, and there’s nothing you can really do about it. This is hogwash, and if it makes you THINK you are reducing your cellulite, then you might need to have your head examined. I clicked on this blog from Yahoo’s page because I was flabbergasted at the title “Naturally Reduce Shameful Flabby Arms”. Who says that flabby arms are shameful? Who says cellulite is bad? Why?

    And on the subject of this website promoting “natural” and “healthy” beauty things, I honestly don’t think that promoting things that will get rid of something that is naturally occurring and that someone is genetically predisposed to a certain amount is very healthy for anyone.

    • says

      Actually, there is some research that things like gelatin and changing your connective tissue and fat composition does make a big difference (not to mention hundreds of years of anecdotal examples). I really don’t know how you got here from Yahoo since I definitely don’t write for them, so if something of mine was there, it was likely a link that they posted with their own title, not something I posted. I would have never used a title like “Naturally Reduce Shameful Flabby Arms”

      • Holly V. says

        Hey Katie, thanks for your info! I just wanted to say that I’m not sure what kellie’s deal is, and it’s great for her if it doesn’t bother her, but MOST woman, as it shows here in the comments do not LIKE their cellulite, and i do believe there are ways to help it. I love how you explain that it MAY help, and if not the things are good for other reasons. I mean, you COULD just be selling a bunch of hype and chemical laiden stuff, yet you actually seem to care. Thanks very much, and don’t worry about that negative comment. :)

    • Dana says

      I have the cellulite issue on my butt and legs and I workout 5-6 days a week. I do corepower yoga 3-4 days a week, run, and a strength class 2 days a week. My cellulite has diminished a lot. Now, I have done cupping. It hurt but I believe that it does work. Also, the coffee thing, YES! and drink lots of water. I have changed my diet a lot since I have high cholesterol and the dr. is giving me a month to 2 months to lower it so I am starting to eat healthier and I am going to start organic and try and make my own deodorant. If you honestly hate your cellulite, I truly recommend doing a hardcore fitness class or lots of kettlebells and the other things. I still have my cellulite but it sure has diminished a lot. Good luck!

  17. suri says

    I wear short shorts because I play volleyball – and I used to have this cellulite on my thighs. Glycolic acid works on cellulite – I use the Lady Soma Berry Mask – its for the face – but i put it on my cellulute. I leave the mask on for 10 minutes and then remove it. The area gets a bit red (thats the mask working), and the next day – there is less cellulite – been using the Lady Soma Mask now for 3 weeks and it has not taken away cellulite 100% away, but for me it took away 80 percent of it. I have never ever had a product that actually works.

  18. Pearl says

    Hi Katie.
    I had my first batch of cellulites about 3 years ago. I engaged in some couple of exercises and they were gone before I knew it. I started having them again last year and I’ve done everything possible to make them go, but instead they keep multiplying. What do I do. Cause I’ve tried the dry brushing, butt and thigh exercises to no avail…

  19. Ann Conaty says

    Well I noticed dimples in my thighs around aug2014. I looked for reviews on the internet of different DermalMD Cellulite Reduction Serum. I noticed great reviews on DermalMD Cellulite Reduction Serum, and decided to buy it. I have been using it for five months, and it has gotten rid of the celluite (dimples)!!! I recommend this product to anyone having trouble with celluite!!

  20. Lisa says

    The cellulite-affected parts needs the body to firm and smooth out. By increasing the body’s muscle mass, it is used in burning up the fats and calories. It is helpful to produce a finer appearance.

    I have found that Cardiovascular exercise helps in decreasing the cellulite appearance. Walking, jogging, skipping, swimming, climbing, and etc can break down the fatty cells efficiently. It helps in proper elimination of toxins and proper blood flow.

    Exercising along with a balanced and a healthy diet is necessary to reduce and eliminate the causes of cellulite as stated here http://www.webmd.com/beauty/cellulite/cellulite-causes-and-treatments

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