So here's the skinny on cellulite (pun completely intended). Once you have it, you can never permanently get rid of it, unless, of course, you get liposuction and literally take it out of your body. Regardless of that, you will still be left with fat cells that have the potential to create new cellulite. Reducing the appearance of cellulite is quite possible with consistent treatments and a healthy lifestyle.
I asked my burning questions about cellulite to a professional: Hannah Sowd, who runs the Hannah Sowd Skincare facility in downtown San Francisco and has her own skincare line. Here's what she had to say on the subject:
Can Coffee Grinds Reduce Cellulite?
I have heard that coffee grinds can eliminate cellulite when used on a consistent basis, and I have done this treatment several times, but is it really just an old wives' tale? Hannah says it does help to a degree:
"Caffeine, when applied topically, will reduce the appearance of cellulite. You can use old coffee grounds as a scrub on the affected areas (which also exfoliates the skin) or as part of a body wrap. The results are temporary but can be very effective when used on a regular basis. Many companies use caffeine and coffee as an ingredient for their anti-cellulite creams."
So what I'm hearing is that it isn't a permanent solution, but it is a start. I love mixing my coffee grounds with olive oil for this simple and easy trick. I've even suggested it to readers before!
Skincare Products for Cellulite
There are a million and one products out there that help with this problem. Ok, maybe not that many, but I've tried some over-the-counter products such as 'Fat Girl Slim' by Bliss Spa and want to know if they are worth the investment. Hannah says,"They can be helpful for smoothing the appearance of cellulite but nothing is permanent. As soon as you stop using them, the cellulite will return."
Lose Weight = Lose Cellulite?
If one were to lose weight, would that make a difference in the appearance of bumpy skin?
"No, there is no connection between fat and cellulite. I've seen it on just as many thin people as overweight people! Exercise and massage will help reduce the severity of cellulite, and anything that flushes the lymphatic system is helpful."
Endermologie: Does It Work?
Endermologie treatments seem to be a promising treatment for cellulite reduction without undergoing surgery. A machine massages the area you are targeting like a cook kneading dough while seeming to have a sucking action at the same time, at least in my experience. According to Hannah, it feels like a deep tissue massage. If you have a low pain tolerance, perhaps take ibuprofen before going in for these treatments.
"I love Endermologie! It's my favorite anti-cellulite treatment. The machine provides a very deep, targeted massage that flushes the lymphatic fluid out of the tissue which results in smoother skin (and a loss of inches) all over the body," explains Hannah. "The recommended course is two treatments a week for 6 weeks and then once a week, or until you want your cellulite to return! I received regular treatments for close to two years and was very happy with the results."
Laser Treatments for Cellulite
Laser treatments are also appearing at med spas across the country offering to reduce cellulite. They are definitely helpful to some, yet don't work for others, according to Hannah. "They require consistency, multiple treatments and lifestyle changes. Nothing will rid you of cellulite forever!"
Hannah's advice for keeping yourself healthy? Ultimately, here's what it comes down to:
"Anti-cellulite treatments require consistency and work best when you incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle with fresh food, adequate water intake, and regular exercise. There is no magic cure for bumpy skin, but regular Endermologie treatments paired with a caffeine based cream, like Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control, will help."
Tell us your thoughts! What treatments have you tried that have worked?