No one likes to wake up one day and notice the darkened, “orange peel” or "cottage cheese" like skin on your bottom or upper thighs called cellulite. Over 80% of women get cellulite so it’s likely you have it and that you may have tried a plethora of different skin care treatments, moisturizers, and regimens. As the makers of a butt beauty product, take it from us that the key to actually getting rid of cellulite doesn’t lie in a topical cellulite cream, lotion or retinol gel, but rather some exercise, dieting as well as an acceptance that some cellulite is genetic, and you may not be able to get it all. In this guide we walk you through how to get rid of cellulite in a healthy and sustainable way.
What is Cellulite?
In simplest terms, cellulite is adipose or literally fat, which is protruding through the top levels of your skin. The distribution is not even, thus you get dimple like cellulite in different parts of your body where there is adipose build up. Areas like the upper thigh and butt are particularly fatty, which is why cellulite often manifests in those areas.
Why Do You Get Cellulite on Your Butt?
There is no conclusive answer as to why certain individuals get cellulite. It's not just dermatology: it's genetics. A mix of risk factors make women much more likely to get cellulite from collagen production to connective tissue. The reason for the gender disparity lies in how men and women’s skin are shaped. Under your skin are bands of tissue called septae. In men, these tissues are made of collagen fibers which run criss-cross. In women, these fibrous bands run more parallel making it easier for fat cells to push through them. Imagine a net with the fibers only running in one direction- it wouldn’t be very helpful for catching things, would it?
Other risk factors are simply age and genetics. The downside about these factors being that you cannot control them - which is often a tough pill to swallow. We will discuss more about that below. In the meantime, secondary risk factors are more in our control and they include having an unhealthy diet and/or lack of exercise. Finally, another cause for cellulite is thought to be poor circulation. Poor circulation to the upper thigh and butt cause the blood vessels to leak lymphatic fluid which leads to body fat cells being engorged as they absorb the fluid. As your skin weakens as you age, these engorged cells begin to push through, your skin dimples and you get cellulite.
What is the Solution to Getting Rid of Cellulite?
Unfortunately you cannot control your age, gender or genetic dispositions. The only risk factors that can be controlled are diet and exercise - according to definitive science. An important thing to keep in mind before reading on however is that if you are predisposed to have weaker or thinner skin, then you may find yourself with cellulite even with regular exercise and a good diet. With that being said, here are some of the most attainable ways of reducing the appearance of cellulite.
How Exercise Reduces Cellulite on the Butt
Exercise can help reduce cellulite in two ways. The first way is that it helps make your skin smoother. Resistance training strengthens the muscle which live under the skin. This can make it harder for fatty tissue to break through the top layers of skin. Secondly, exercise helps you lose fatty weight. The less fat you have, the less fat there is to break through your skin and cause cellulite. Certain exercises will be more effective than others. For example, squats and lunges target your large glute and quad muscles. These muscles end up burning more calories when worked out, they also happen to be the muscles that sit under cellulite problem areas.
How a Good Diet Helps Get Rid of Cellulite on the Butt
A healthy diet will complement your workout routine. Eating healthier foods will lead to weight loss as well as benefit the underlying framework of your skin. There are a few tips and tricks you should pay particular attention to.
- Avoiding High-Sodium Foods: Sodium causes cells in the body to retain fluids. This flushed skin will make cellulite more apparent.
- Getting Daily Recommended Allowance of Vitamin C: Vitamin C, beside its purported abilities to help you get over a cold, is also crucial in the production of collagen. If you recall from above, collagen are the fibers that keep your skin strong. Being diligent about ingesting vitamin C daily will help replace lost collagen as you get older.
- High Sugar Foods: This should go unsaid. As you should know, high sugar foods, when processed in the body, are converted into fat. The more fat you accumulate, the more likely you will get cellulite.
One important thing to know about losing weight as a remedy to cellulite is doing it in a controlled manner. If you are in your late 30’s and older, losing a lot of weight in a quick amount of time may actually lead to more cellulite as the skin is made more lax from the lose of weight.
Other Tips for Losing Cellulite
While the jury is not out yet on whether cellulite is caused by poor circulation, many experts still recommend making a conscious effort to stimulate blood flow to your butt and upper thighs. Simple things like making sure you stand after long periods of sitting and light cardio including regular neighborhood walks may help. In the shower, using a brush to massage the skin on your butt and upper thighs can also promote greater circulation. Dry brushing can also promote great circulation, while massaging your lymph nodes will encourage circulation and lymphatic drainage at the same time. Lymph node massages are typically used for natural contouring and firming as a non-invasive procedure, and doing both of these home remedies at once can reduce the dimpled appearance of cellulite while promoting whole-body wellness.
To reiterate, getting rid of cellulite is by no means a guaranteed thing. For some women, stubborn genes will make it near impossible to get rid of. For others, the process will take a long time to be effective - don't expect change in a New York minute. Doing the things we describe above can certainly help, however women who are less genetically disposed will see a greater change in the way their skin looks. Of course, if the appearance of your butt is especially important to you, be sure to check out our own butt masks. While they won’t help much with cellulite, they will certainly help you get rid of any buttne and make sure you have a smooth butt.