Ladies dread swimsuit season for one primary reason: cellulite. That’s right. I said the ‘c’ word. Even with a strict, pea-sized diet and avid exercise, it can be tough to get rid of that stubborn, unsightly stuff. But don’t give up yet! You have plenty of time to start a body-care regimen that will reveal tighter, more toned skin.
What is cellulite?
It’s fat that pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to squish. This kind of compression is what creates the appearance of not-so-cute dimples on the surface.
Can I get rid of it completely?
Cellulite is largely due to our genetic makeup. So no matter how skinny you get, you may still be stuck with a few dimples here and there. What you can do is significantly diminish the appearance of cellulite.
How can I make my legs and butt look better?
The best thing you can do for cellulite — and your entire body — is follow a healthy lifestyle. Keep eating clean, drinking plenty of water and exercising most days of the week. But to get the most of out of all these great habits, take care of your body’s largest organ — your skin!
Here’s an easy-to-follow skincare routine that will leave your lower half looking more beautiful and you feeling more confident (string bikini, here I come!).
Step 1: Exfoliate your entire body with a gentle scrubbing sponge. I suggest using the Earth Therapeutics Exfoliating Body Sponge, which will scuff off any dead skin cells and help open up your pores to prepare skin for the next two steps. This sponge is gentle enough for even sensitive skin types.
Step 2: Moisturize with an anti-cellulite oil to help pull out trapped toxins. Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil is a great choice, because it uses organic birch leaves and rosemary to encourage a healthy skin tone.
Step 3: Promote circulation by massaging a skin-firming cream into trouble zones to keep the skin “fit,” so to speak. Ann Webb’s Body Firming Cream features marine collagen and elastin to lock in moisture and enhance skin’s firmness. Another solid choice is Fresh Beauty Market’s Cellulite Butter with Peptide Complex, because it’s 100% raw and natural and provides skin-perfecting nutrients like orange oil, caffeine and hyaluronic acid.
What are some of your unique body-care tips for improving the tone and texture of your glutes and thighs? Share them in the comments below!