You can’t cure cellulite, but you can treat it, like this.
H O helps treat cellulite.
2 Get it by eating watermelon. Why it works Drinking water busts bloat and flushes away excess salt. But Dr Howard Murad, a dermatologist and author of The Cellulite Solution (St Martin’s Griffin; R360), sees water-rich foods as a more potent way to diminish dimples. His top pick? Watermelon. It’s about 90% water, with only 192kj per cup. It also delivers vitamins A and C; two essential antioxidants that help maintain skin’s thickness.
By fighting off free radicals (damaging molecules generated by exposure to sunlight and air pollution), these antioxidants prevent the breakdown of collagen, and preserve elastin stores, which act as your skin’s natural filler. When the dermis of the skin is thicker, it conceals lumps better.
WHO-KNEW CURE Caffeine
A stimulant-laced cream can tighten skin for hours. Why it works Look for
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1You’ll need several sessions “Hair grows in different stages, so you’ll need six to 10 sessions,” says Carmen Ross, manager at Cape Town’s Luxe Laser Studio. “After that, your hair won’t grow back.” An extra bonus: no more of the dark shadow a cream with high levels of caffeine or aminophylline and theophylline, two of caffeine’s chemical cousins. These eliminate water in the connective tissue, making cellulite less noticeable. Exfoliate with a loofah or body scrub before applying caffeinated cream, and work it in well. “Friction warms the skin, making it more receptive,” recommends dermo Dr Ranella Hirsch.
Also smart: curb your salt intake. L’oréal scientists had test subjects apply caffeinated cellulite cream to one leg for a month and follow an eating plan that limited excess salt. After four weeks, the cream-treated leg had fewer dimples, but cellulite on both legs improved, a clue that diet has a small but definite role.
SWEATY SOLUTION Exercise
Do cardio to reduce cellulite. Your secret weapon: lunges. Why it works Lunges build lean muscles in celluliteprone butts and thighs. To maximise the effects, don’t let your knees go past your toes, press the heel of your front foot into the floor and squeeze your glutes throughout, recommends personal trainer Liz Dialto.
Her routine: three sets of 12-20 lunges on each leg, three to four times a week. You’ll see improvements in as little as one month.
OPTICAL ILLUSION Bronzer
To conceal lumps and bumps, create a believable DIY glow with these tips. Why it works “Exfoliate with a gentle body scrub,” advises Jimmy Coco, the ‘tan man’ for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. With a self-tanning spray, mist into the sink first to assess how quickly the product comes out. And whichever formula you choose, make sure to apply it in a circular motion to avoid streaks.