Cellulite. Even the name sounds awful. And it’s not a discriminatory affliction: the truth is, you don’t have to be fat, or even slightly overweight, to have cellulite. Everyone gets it. It’s also possible that there’s an increased risk of having cellulite if your mother had it too.
So what do you do? If you want to wear shorts or a skimpy skirt or swimsuit, how do you make sure that you don’t have to look at those unsightly bulges? There are a lot of companies out there claiming to have the answer, but health and beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson chose to go to Sonya Dakar’s Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills to ask the questions. Is there a miracle cure for cellulite? Will anything make it vanish instantly? How can a woman get rid of her cellulite?
Johnson approached Mimi Dakar-Berry to ask these and other questions. Can anyone get rid of cellulite? Apparently the short answer is no. Dakar-Berry says that it can, however, be minimized to a point at which one cannot see the cellulite. Her immediate prescriptions are to stop using salt, to exercise, to keep to a healthy diet, to avoid foods and drinks that are high in fat and/or carbs, and to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with lots of glasses of water every day.
Cellulite can also be reduced through treatments. Dakar-Berry says that Sonya Dakar’s Skin Clinic offers a new treatment called the Total Lift, using four different methods to help reduce cellulite—heat, magnetic therapy, radiofrequency, and ultrasounds. What this treatment does is pop the fat, melt it, and eliminate it through the natural urine flow.
Johnson voiced concern: what if one cannot get to a spa for this fabulous and no doubt expensive treatment? Dakar-Berry assures her that there are do-it-yourself home treatments that can help reduce cellulite as well. They only take 30 minutes. And you can find the components in your kitchen!
Begin with coffee grounds (caffeine increases circulation, so that’s going to help tighten what’s immediately beneath the skin). The next component is peppermint tea. The coffee and tea need to bond, so add black seed oil to bind them (it’s available at many grocery stores and all health food stores). And then finally the oddest part: hemorrhoid cream. Hemorrhoid cream reduces inflammation, so what it’s going to do here is tighten your skin and reduce puffiness. It’s great to use under your eyes by itself, but here it’s going to get mixed in with the coffee grounds, the tea, and the black seed oil.
What you’re going to do is put plenty of this mixture on the affected areas. Don’t rub it in, but put plenty on; you want it to sink in on its own to do its work. So put plenty on and then you wrap it. You can use any kind of plastic kitchen wrap: just wrap the area to keep the concoction on top of the skin. It’s easiest to secure this wrap with an ace bandage.
It’s an odd-sounding prescription, but it does help. If you need to get into that swimsuit in a hurry, this will give you a much better look!