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.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite (Naturally)

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:

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!

Cellulite is a problem that plagues women of all ages but these natural remedies address the internal and external causes that will help to get rid of it.

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  1. 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!

    • What kind of fish oil supplements were you taking and what dosage ?

      • Fish oils are more efficiently absorbed in late afternoon and evening hours, which is the peak time that fish absorb solar energy… Flax seed oil is best in the a.m. and early afternoon.

  2. 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!

    • 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..

  3. I don’t think about cellulite, I think about deadlifting 1.5 times my bodyweight instead 🙂

    • Hi I just read your comment & u recommend. Dead lifting. Could you tell me what this Please? And does it help cellulite. I am quite active & walk my dog a lot but I’ve noticed the cellulite becoming more apparent, weirdly round the front of my legs & knees. Thankyou for your comment Libby :0)

  4. Slide cupping over the affected area is also effective.

    • What is slide cupping? I haven’t heard of that.

      • 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.

      • Cupping sorted me out too, i used the Bellabaci Cups, they are made from silicone and don’t make a mess when you drop one of the traditional glass cups! 🙂

  5. Great articles!!! Love the one on body brushing.

  6. 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

  7. #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).

  8. 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!

  9. What can do to remove dimples on my body and to make my skin smooth again Debby backglands

  10. 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.

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

  11. 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?

    • I don’t eat bread or grains. I eat a low carbohydrate diet, Zero sugar. I eat lots of fat, at least 60-70% of my it is fats. I exercise regularly. I still have cellulite. My mother had it but her life was sedentary.

  12. 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.

  13. Can I also use apple cider vinegar for celullite

  14. 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.

    • Targeted resistance training such as what??

  15. 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.

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

  17. We made our own coffee scrub for cellulite and loved it! It is really simple.

    • Hi Did you use the fresh brewed coffee or after brewed coffee for scrub cellulite ? coffee only or mixed with coconut oil? Was coffee with coconut oil okay or safe to use in shower to rinse into drainage to septic safe? Just scrub as soap then rinse? The coffee will color dye on shower wall and curtain.
      I use coconut oil after a shower rarely. But wonder about coffee? Thanks.

  18. will try it out

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

  20. 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 !!?

  21. 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… 🙁

    • Totally agree with you. I’m 43 years old. I eat very clean. Gluten and dairy free as well. I drink no coffee, green tea only, 8 glasses of water a day. I consume 2tbsp of coconut oil per day, plus Omega 3 oils. I exercise regularly. My BMI is 22. My cellulite is bad and nothing seems to help!!

      • I read that the slimmer you are the more your cellulite is visible because it sits nearer the surface of your skin because you have less fat there. I run, do kettle worx & boot camp 3 times a week I’m a size 8 but my cellulite seems worse! I also read you have to have a deep massage to break it down as it’s made of crystals but it’s painful or you can buy a fasical or fascial (can’t remember the name!) Stick thing & do it yourself. I’ve seen it on Google & it looks painful but apparently works!

        • It is called a fasciablaster and the thing is amazing. It is worth the $101.00 I spent on it!! It heals your fascia which is the real reason we have cellulite. Read about it on her website.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

    • 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”

      • 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. 🙂

    • 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!

      • I have the same exact problem, Now I feel better, because now I feel there’s hope. Thank you, btw what is cupping??

  24. 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.

    • I’m so happy to hear that ! I’m going to try it also ..

  25. 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…

  26. How exactly do you dry brush the face?

  27. 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!!

  28. 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

  29. Hi Katie,

    I just love love love reading & learning from your amazing website. You are the best.

    This may not be the best place to post my question, but I really didn’t know where to post it. I do have a question for you & hopefully you can help me. I need a remedy for very large pores. Do you have a recipe or remedy or something that I can do for this problem?

    Thank you

    • Grapeseed oil (I use Grapeola that I buy at Stop and Shop or Shaws) paired with Moisturel lotion (I buy this at CVS). You will see amazing results if you stay with it. Takes a few months but it’s so worth it!!!! You only need a little bit and can use it on any part of your body. I use organic coconut oil and take the Hair Skin and Nails B vitamins with Biotin every day also. Coconut oil mixes well with any lotion you use and makes your skin so smooth! Good luck and I hope you have such wonderful results as I have had! 🙂

  30. There are many sources out there that say cellulite is a made up word. If you think about it…it sure does sell spa treatments and ever permanent procedures like lipo. Sure some of us have dimpling but just like anything having to do with our body and health…the one thing that gives great results is our eating habits and exercise.

  31. I used to suffer from cellulite on my legs for about 10 years so I can relate to people who experience it. No creams, products or ointments ever really did anything for me but I was actually able to completely get rid of my cellulite naturally after my cousin told me how. I only had to do 2 things:

    1. Drink atleast 1.5 litres of water everyday. Hydration is one of the main aspects (way more so than diet ever was)

    2. Follow every step in the free video & in the guide seen at http://curehealthproblem.com/cellulite to get to the root of the problem.

    Try those two steps and hopefully you will get as much luck with getting rid of your cellulite as i did. Another thing worth trying is apple cider vinegar which works short term but it tastes disgusting and you really need to prevent it from returning.

  32. Love reading the bbc.co reviews very helpful.

  33. I myself like to use coffee scrub. I mix coffee grounds, salt and sugar together and use that paste on my body, mostly the leg, belly and arm areas.
    it s gorgeous on the skin, I feel very much alive when I use that scrub. it s invigorating, most definitely.
    it smells nice too, unless you hate coffee.
    I definitely feel the effect even as I am using the scrub on me.
    I often use that scrub prior waxing, it helps prepare the skin.

  34. Could someone please answer the question, before brewed coffee grounds or after brewed_? thanks guys!!

    • It’s supposed to be freshly brewed coffee grounds.

  35. So I’m a size 6 but I am covered in cellulite! I’ve tried everything including other creams, intense exercise and dieting (weight loss actually made my celulite apear worse!) & I’m very sceptical with these sorts of things and always expect them to do nothing. However!! The combination between the Somaluxe Stretch Mark treatment and the Lady Soma Berry Masque has made a massive difference, it’s achieved more for me in 24 hours than other remedies have in months….

    I was also worried about other peoples reviews about the ‘burning’ from the Lady Soma Berry Masque as I have incredibly sensitive skin but I would describe the thermo cream as feeling like sun burn but nothing unpleasant at all. I guess thats how it “burns” off the cellulite.

    • Hi Liz. I just purchased the product. How often do you use it. I will follow up with results in a week

    • I buy Nuiva coconut oil and coconut manna. Started esting a tablespoon a day. I have noticed an improvement in thigh and knee cellulite. BTW I weigh 105 lb, so Im not grossly obese and can’t do my three hour workout due to neck back and shoulder surgeries. I only stretch when able. I used to jog 10 mi a day and jazzercise and do intensive 2 hr gym workout, squatting 90 lbs and leg pressing 300 each for 100 reps. I would try coconut oil even though it is monosatuate

    • Hi. Thanks for your post. Are you still enjoying results from the Lady Soma Berry Mask? How much would you say your cellulite has been diminished? I am very interested in getting this product.

  36. I’ve read a lot about coffee scrubs and they seem like a great idea, but how do you get rid of the coffee afterwards? I can’t imagine it’s good for the pluming if you just wash them down the drain. Can you offer me any suggestions or advice?

  37. What is the recipe for the paste used on stretch marks? Not the coffee grounds recipe….the one on the front cover?

  38. This may be a stupid question but are the detox baths and dry brushing safe during pregnacy?

  39. Is dry brushing Everyday safe for the skin, especially in summer ? I have read from skin specialist that the dead-cells has an imp. role on your skin that it acts like a natural layer of protection or barrier to harmful effects of sunlight. Is it good trying it everyday or may be once in a week ??

  40. Love coffee scrubs =) Moisturizing really helps too. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Ugh I just typed a long response and I lost it somehow. Oh well.
    Fascia was mentioned in this article above.
    Check out https://www.fasciablaster.com there are before and after pics as well as a FB group I believe. Hope that helps!
    Great addition to diet and exercise….just NO running or jogging. It will make it worse! Also it’s important to heat the area up that you are working on before you blast.

  42. With the gelatin,is it gelatin you use for cheesecakes or is it a special type of gelatin,also how do you use it.. Thanks for any replies

    • It is, but I prefer a higher quality one (grass fed, etc). This is the one we use: wellnessmama.com/go/gelatin/

  43. Nice reading your blog ! How much fermented cod liver oil do you take daily?

  44. I find that cutting out or greatly reducing sugar and simple carbs like potatoes, corn, and wheat helps reduce cellulite