Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Best At-Home and Pro Tips to Rid Cellulite

"With these clever and effective ways to camouflage and combat unsightly dimples, get set for smoother skin ahead," says Melanie Rud Chadwick from Shape Magazine.

Got bumps? Take solace in the fact that you're not alone. A whooping 90% of us have cellulite, a genetic condition that affects women of all shapes and sizes, says LA-based dermatologist Howard Murad, M.D., author if The Cellulite Solution. While there's no permanent fix for cellulite, there are ways to improve it. Here, the best at-home and pro tips to rock a smoother rear view in a day, a week, or a month.

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PRO TIP Opt for fillers. "Injectables that add volume to the face, like Radiesse, also works wonders for cellulite," says NYC derm Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D. "They fill in the puckers and make skin look more uniform." The procedure can be done in minutes, and you'll walk away with instant results that last up to a year.

HOME TRICK When you have less than 24 hours to get bikini-ready, hit the bottle - of body bronzer of self-tanner.  Dimpled areas are create shadows that are more noticeable on lighter skin, so darkening your tone will mask these shadowy spots and make you look smoother, says Victoria's Secret makeup artist Carolina Gonzalez.
A week

PRO TIP Consider endermologie, a noninvasive treatment that employs a machine to knead and suction dimpled areas. This breaks up fat pockets and stimulates lymphatic drainage.

HOME TRICK Give yourself regular rubdowns. "A firm massage will help separate clumps of fat cells so they lie more smoothly underneath the skin," says Bank. Apply a cellulite cream to trouble spots and massage vigorously. Just keep in mind that the benefits will be subtle - expect around a 10% improvement. Or, save yourself the elbow grease and try the Bliss FatGirlSlim Lean Machine, an electronic massager that also employs vacuum action to further boost circulation. 

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PRO TIP Try Thermage. The noninvasive procedure uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen and tighten skin, which starts to looks firmer after about 4 weeks, says Frank.

HOME TRICK Take a holistic approach. First, start dry brushing daily. "The practice smooths skin by sloughing off dead cells and boosting circulation," says Murad. Use a firm-bristle brush like the Earth Therapeutics Bumpy Bristle Massage Brush on dry skin, moving from your knees to your waist to stimulate proper lymphatic drainage. Next, think about tweaking your diet and workout. The less water you retain, the less puffy cellulite will appear, so avoid bloat-inducers like alcohol and salt. At the gym, focus on reducing overall body fat by amping up cardio to burn excess calories. Though even thin woman can have cellulite, Bank says losing weight allows the fat cells to shrink slightly, which may minimize the orange-peel effect.