If you've tried to get rid of cellulite you know just how resilient it can be. The trick is to establish daily habits that will eventually stop it from getting worse and send it in the opposite direction. Starting your day off right is key, and these morning rituals will provide results if they become a habit.
1. Drink Lemon Water Upon Waking
This simple ritual carries with it some pretty big results, and is as easy as squeezing fresh lemon juice into some hot water and sipping it as you would a cup of tea. Be sure to use organic lemons for this, as well as purified water, or distilled water.
It isn't just your cellulite that is affected by this ritual, but the way your body is able to break down the food you'll be eating throughout the day. You're also getting a jumpstart on rehydrating the body after a night of sleep and no water intake.
2. Do Some Cellulite-Busting Exercises
It may be hard to establish a morning exercise routine, but once you have it set as a habit you'll feel strange if you go a morning without it. You may have heard that you can't spot treat when it comes to losing weight, but with cellulite it's all about building up some muscle underneath it to help break up the cellulite in that area.
The backs of the thighs is one problem area that can lead to a lot of frustration. Try lunge kicks, which will help to tighten up your hamstrings and help you work out the kinks when done in the morning. Here's a great targeted exercise video that you can incorporate into your morning routine.
How it Helps: Targeting areas that are prone to cellulite helps firm them up, and when combined with the other steps on this list you'll be reducing the appearance of cellulite by toning them up over time.
3. Dry Brush Your Skin Before Showering
Dry brushing the body is one morning step that you will want to make into a habit. It involves using a dry loofah or other brush, and scrubbing the body from head to toe. You can spend some extra time on areas that have cellulite.
The more toxins your body releases, the faster you'll see your cellulite diminish. If you combine cleansing programs along with your morning anti-cellulite rituals you'll speed things along and make it harder and harder for it to stick around.
4. Apply a Cellulite Cream Directly to the Area
So far you've done a lot to help rid yourself of cellulite, but now it's time to bring the heavy artillery and treat it right at the source. By rubbing in a cellulite cream or series of creams, you are penetrating the outer surface of the skin and getting to the problem below.
You'll want to use a cream that has antioxidants in it, as well as caffeine. You may have to use separate creams to make sure you're getting everything you need, but it's worth it.
5. Eat a Cellulite-Unfriendly Breakfast
Just as there are breakfasts that will increase the amount of cellulite if you eat them every morning, there are breakfasts that will help get rid of cellulite if you eat them consistently.
Starting off your morning knowing that you haven't contributed to gaining more cellulite, but rather have done your best to avoid it puts you in the right frame of mind and builds confidence that this is something that can be done if you give it enough time and patience.
6. Take Vitamin Supplements
Whatever nutritional shortages you have needs to be made up, which is why a whole food vitamin supplement may be in order. Unlike synthetic multivitamins these come from real food. They may cost a bit more, but you'll notice that your body actually uses the nutrients they contain, rather than just excreting them through your urine.
It's best to get your vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, but if you've noticed that even when you give it your best shot you still fall short on what is needed, a whole food supplement can be a big help. Whole food vitamins use actual food items to bring you the vitamins they contain, rather than synthetic vitamins that are created in a lab. They are assimilated into the body more easily and can be put to better use.
7. Fill Your Water Bottle and Take It with You
Dehydration can exacerbate a cellulite situation, which is why you'll want to make sure that you are getting enough water each and every day. Proper hydration keeps the skin supple and smooth and when you've toned problem areas, applied creams, adjusted your diet, and dry brushed your body there's just no way that your cellulite has a chance.
One tip to stay hydrated is to have a glass of water each time you urinate. This makes sure that you'll always be replenishing the fluids in the body, and makes it so you don't have to wonder if you're drinking enough water. You can also try taking regular sips of water throughout the day, but many find this too tedious and forget to keep up with it.