7 Daily Routines to Get Rid of Cellulite on Your Thighs

No woman likes cellulite on her thighs. In fact, cellulite is among the major complaints that women have about their bodies. And the vast majority of women develop cellulite. One of the reasons that women suffer from the classic "cottage cheese thighs" and men do not is because the two genders don’t share the same collagen structures. Collagen is a necessary component in the connective skin tissue that sits just below the uppermost layers of your dermis, and it helps to provide plumpness and elasticity to your skin. In men, collagen fibers crisscross, allowing better support to the fat underneath the skin. But in women, they run straight up and down, which allows fat deposits to come through, facilitating that dimpled, cellulite look.

There is more than one factor that contributes to cellulite. For instance, in many cases, this problem is hereditary. In other words, if your mother has cellulite, then you likely will have it too. However, your genetic heritage does not mean that you can’t treat cellulite and provide your skin with a softer and smoother overall look and feel.

The seven routines described below should help any woman strategize ways to get rid of cellulite. By following these seven daily routines, you can help reduce the appearance of cellulite on your thighs and, in some cases, even eliminate it altogether.

Build muscle every day

Cellulite can appear on women of any shape and size. It doesn’t matter whether you are overweight or underweight or at your ideal weight. That being said, it is important to know that cellulite is essentially a form of fat. For this reason, if you can learn to incorporate strength training into your daily routine, you can replace some of the fat on your body with muscle. Muscle is smooth and does not appear dimpled under the skin, so it’s a great replacement for that subcutaneous fat.

Do a little cardio training every day

Cardiovascular exercise should be incorporated into everyone’s daily workout routines. If you struggle with cellulite on the thighs and you have some weight that you would like to lose, cardio exercise will definitely help. Try incorporating 20 to 30 minutes of high-energy cardio exercise into your daily life — or at least five times a week. And remember, you can get your cardio training in many different ways: You can swim, run, jog, or play a sport like basketball or soccer.

Start eating more veggies

Eating a healthy diet can also help to keep cellulite at bay. Eating plenty of whole grains and fiber will help remove toxins and waste from your body and, so, contribute to more even skin tone and to smoother skin in general.

Try a self-massage

Draining the lymphatic system can help to eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation that may be contributing to cellulite. Breaking up the lymphatic system’s fluids to allow the drainage of toxins can be done easily through self-massage. Using a massage cream, work your skin with your fingertips to break up the subcutaneous fat. You might also use a massager with nubs to do the hard work for you.

Limit your sodium intake

Bloating of the fat cells and skin cells can result from eating too much sodium. Bloating, in turn, can lead to the appearance of dimples and uneven skin tone. Try to reduce your sodium intake by taking the salt off your table at meal times and by avoiding packaged foods with high levels of sodium — and note, almost all packaged foods are high in sodium.

Use a coffee scrub

Part of the reason the "cottage cheese effect" on the thighs can be so obvious is that the dimpling of the skin is usually exacerbated by uneven skin tone. If you exfoliate regularly, you can slough off dead skin cells that contribute to uneven skin tone. If you struggle with cellulite, perhaps the best product for exfoliating dead skin cells is a coffee scrub. Coffee contains antioxidants and caffeine, both of which help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The antioxidants can flush out toxins, and the caffeine can dilate your blood vessels to make your skin tone appear smoother and tighter.

Stay hydrated

Finally, just as you should be reducing your sodium intake, so too should you be keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day. Staying hydrated by drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day can greatly help to reduce cellulite.

There is nothing glamorous about having cellulite on the thighs or butt. By following the guidelines above, you’ll begin to notice a marked difference in the appearance of dimpling and lumpiness. Even if cellulite runs in your family, you can combat its appearance and feel confident and sexy, whether you’re wearing skin-tight pants or a bathing suit!