Many of us thinking about ditching the winter wardrobe and preparing for summer. Happy days of course but what about the dreaded cellulite – always so much easier to ignore in winter?
Cellulite, the orange peel dimples on the skin of the thighs, stomach and buttocks can sometimes be improved by losing weight. However, it affects women of all ages, races, shapes and sizes and you don’t necessarily have to be overweight to get it. Cellulite is caused by fat building up between the interconnected fibres of skin and tissue, deep inside the body.
As we all know, cellulite can make you self-conscious especially in summer when you wear shorts or a swimming cozzie.
Help may be at hand and lurking on the shelves of your kitchen because according to Jenny Lin, Associate Professor of Medicine and Dermatology at the University of California, caffeine shrinks fat cells.
The theory is that caffeine is absorbed by the skin where it shrinks the fat cells and helps speed up the rate in which the body processes fat. As most people know, caffeine does speed the metabolism but it seems that it also works when applied topically.
In independent research, scientists tested this out and discovered that rubbing caffeine cream into the skin every day for a month had a significant impact on texture. All the test volunteers saw improvement, with some losing 2cm from their thigh measurements and others losing some of the cellulite effect.
If you take a look at the many cellulite creams you can buy, many of them contain caffeine. We have found a couple of DIY options too so if you don’t want to buy a cellulite treatment you can make on yourself!
Here is an easy one but beware – it is a bit messy!
DIY Cellulite Cream
Mix one 1 cup warm used coffee grounds from filter coffee with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil so that it forms into a paste (Instant coffee will not work). Have a hot shower or bath to open your pores and then pat your body dry.
Put some newspaper on the floor to stand on and apply the coffee/olive oil mixture to your cellulite areas. Alternatively, just apply the mixture in the shower, or standing up in the bath where it will be easy to wash off .
Rub the mixture over your cellulite areas in a circular motion. Some of the coffee will fall off – it can be a messy operation so you do need to prepare for this. Leave the mixture on for 10 minutes before showering with warm water.
Will this work for cellulite?It might!It seems a bit messy but according to fans, a coffee scrub does make your skin feel wonderful afterwards and it certainly will not do any harm.
If it really helps improve cellulite, it might just be worth a try!
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