If you're sick and tired of cellulite, you're not alone. About 85 percent of women age 20 and up suffer from the problem, according to RealSimple.com. Even so, that's small comfort when all you want is smooth, supple skin. Cellulite is often caused by genetics, so it may develop even if you have a healthy diet and you exercise regularly. Whatever the cause, you can't get rid of cellulite permanently, but that doesn't mean you need to swear off shorts and swimsuits forever. Do-it-yourself treatments help you hide cellulite and give skin a healthy, toned look.
Massage skin with a cellulite-reducing cream that contains caffeine. Rub the cream in vigorously for best results. Caffeine, when applied topically, temporarily tightens and smooths skin. Creams that contain vitamin C and gingko may also help boost circulation. The firming effect isn't permanent; it usually lasts for about eight hours. You'll need to reapply the cream after showering.
Mix your used coffee grounds with a spoonful of olive oil, then leave the mixture in the refrigerator until cold. In the shower, rub the coffee grounds into cellulite for up to 15 minutes. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes, then rinse off.
Shower as usual, then pat yourself dry with a towel. Rub a dollop of moisturizer into your skin while it's still somewhat damp. Smooth a small amount of self-tanner lotion over areas with cellulite. Spritz the rest of your body with self-tanner spray, then rub the product in well. Self-tanner covers up cellulite, varicose veins and bruises. If you'd rather not tan, bronzer will work as well.
Get a massage, or give yourself a quick one. Massage plumps up and smooths skin for several days. To do it yourself, get into a warm shower and apply a body scrub over dimpled skin. Smooth the scrub into your skin using quick back-and-forth motions. After drying off, coat the palm of your hand with a body oil. Rub your hands together, then smooth the oil over areas with cellulite. Massage the oil in with gentle pressure and small, circular motions.
Tone your upper thighs by doing squats. This exercise strengthens muscles and makes cellulite less noticeable. To do squats, stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees as if you were sitting down, then hold the position for two seconds. Stand back up, then squat down again. Repeat this 15 times for three days per week.
Use a body brush to gently brush dimpled skin with circular, upward motions before getting into the shower. After you get used to the sensation, brush the skin with long, smooth strokes. Do not brush the chest area; that skin is too delicate. When you're done brushing, shower as usual, then apply a moisturizer to damp skin. Repeat this daily and you may see results in as little as one week.
If do-it-yourself remedies don't work for you, consider consulting a dermatologist for help. They can offer longer-lasting solutions, such as laser treatments, that shrink fat cells or stimulate collagen production.
Avoid sunbathing or laying in a tanning bed to hide cellulite. Both of these methods subject your body to harmful UV rays. Self-tanner is much safer.