Click here to find out the causes of cellulite in Cellulite PT1: What is Cellulite?
Now we know what causes it we can move on to jiggling those little fat cells around and making sure they do their job properly! Once cellulite has arrived there's only one way to get rid of it - Massage.
You want to spend a good amount of time massaging it away - at least 5 minutes on each leg if you decide to do it 1-2 times a week. Our local beauty salon spend an hour on this treatment, so don't undercut the clock! If you plan to do it nightly, 2-4 minutes on each leg does the trick.
You can just use your knuckles and some massage oil but you soon get tired! Happily, there are a variety of tools out there for just this purpose and they are not expensive at all, have a quick search on ebay or amazon or skip down to your local Boots/CVS and you should find something you can use.
The best anti-cellulite massage tool by far is this one;Pink silver-balled glove
My tool of choice, The Rolls Royce of cellulite massagers! I got this on Ebay imported from one of the Asian countries for around £5. Yes, £5! It's nice and big, you simply hold it with a flat hand meaning your fingers won't cramp and it's very comfortable to use. The size means you can cover larger areas of your leg at once. Each silver ball rotates so you can choose to use massage oil or not. But the best thing? It works.
Here are some others I've tried over the years...
Blue roller spiky one.
This is very easy to use and came from a pound shop. The roller glides along your thigh but beware, I pushed too hard and there was a very strange pattern of angry circular bruises the next day!
Pink and white bobbly one.
Another one from the local drugstore/poundshop. This works in the same way as above but without the long handle. Again, I bruised myself but it was very easy to grip and I got a good kneading action with it!
Regular massager from Avon (here's what it looked like)
This one needs oil as the balls don't move. Another good choice for really getting some deep massage going but made my arm ache after a while. Did the job though!
"They" say that once you've had cellulite it'll always be there under the skin whether you can see it or not. But by using the Pink Rollerball Glove glove, the cellulite retreated until I was happy and satisfied that nobody would be able to see it. If you want the cellulite to go and stay away it's something you'll have to do regularly, just like facemasking and exfoliation.
Of course if you couple it with drinking more water, less caffeine, eating fewer sugary foods and enjoying less alcohol, you'll get to your goal sooner, but nobody expects any of us to be perfect. The best thing you can do to prevent it is to drink drink drink your water and massage massage massage your thighs.
Save your money; the £12 $20 15E creams will only clear out your bank account, not your toxins. Grab a massager and have at it.
Springer's final thought... ;)
One final word, whether you have cellulite or not, there are worse things in life! Don't let it ever hold you back, never feel self conscious or feel like you have to hide because your thighs aren't perfect; frolic in a swimsuit to your heart's content. The fun we get from embracing those opportunities is much more significant than any silly embarrassment we might feel about a touch of thigh-dimpling! Be brave, have fun and enjoy what's left of the summer.
Ciao for now,