How to Reduce Cellulite and Get Rid of The "orange-peel" Effect

Expert body care by Guinot

Still battling to get rid of that dreaded cellulite? If you're trying to reduce the unsightly dimpled appearance on thighs and buttocks, not to mention arms and stomach, you are not alone! Remember that almost everyone is susceptible to cellulite, even relatively thin people. While it's almost impossible to completely eliminate cellulite, there are many ways to reduce that dreaded "orange peel" appearance.

Exercise regularly to reduce body fat and improve circulation.

Follow a healthy eating plan that includes loads of fresh fruit and vegetables. Aim to reduce your salt intake as too much salt can lead to water retention. All fast food and other processed foods contain salt.

Drink plenty of water - about 8 glasses a day.

Massage cellulite-prone areas with a hand-held massager. Start at the ankles, moving up the calves to the thighs, butt and stomach. Use long brush strokes and always massage up towards the heart. If prone to cellulite on the arms, massage up both arms, moving in the direction of the heart. Massaging helps stimulate the lymphatic system which promotes the elimination of toxins, excess water and other waste materials that can lead to the build-up of cellulite. Best results are obtained if the massage is performed regularly, preferably twice a day.

After massaging affected areas with a hand-held massager, apply a cellulite-reducing cream or gel that contains caffeine to eliminate cellulite. Aromatherapy oils such as juniper, rosemary, grapefruit and lavender can also be used to treat cellulite.

Check with a beauty therapist at your local salon or spa whether they offer massage therapy or other techniques that target cellulite.

If you have a light skin color, apply a self-tan lotion. A darker skin tone is very effective at disguising cellulite.

Avoid tight clothing, especially in light colors such as white or cream - they are excellent at highlighting every lump and bump.