Around 85% of women are affected by cellulite (regardless of dress size), so it’s good to know if you have it, you’re not alone. We should also point out that there’s nothing wrong with having it. After speaking to many different experts, from doctors to estheticians, we know that we have no control over whether or not we have cellulite; it’s hereditary.
Cellulite is pretty much a rite of passage, and if you’re okay with it, that’s great. I have cellulite, and it definitely doesn’t keep me up at night. But that’s not to say I don’t want to be know what I could do to improve it. Body brushing is old news—it works, and it’s affordable.
The next step is the topical approach. For this, we spoke to consultant plastic surgeon Afshin Mosahebi, MD, who is registered with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, to tell us what the deal is with all those cellulite creams. “While cellulite creams can make the affected skin look tighter and swollen, ultimately it isn’t a long-term solution, as it can’t penetrate the skin,” Mosahebi explains.
Nataliya Robinson, a leading skin therapist in London, offered up a natural approach to tackling cellulite. She suggested that you massage honey onto the legs to improve the blood circulation and promote lymphatic flow. “Honey is a natural ingredient that will decongest the skin and reduce the appearance of the cellulite without overloading the body with toxins and chemicals that are found in ordinary skincare,” she told us.
Helpfully, she even gave us a recipe to make at home that will aid with softening the appearance of cellulite:
Step 1: Mix one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of baking soda together, either in a small bowl or just in your hands (this can be done just before you take a shower, or at the same time) and work it into the problematic areas. The baking soda will naturally exfoliate whilst the honey will moisture the skin on the body. With this ready mixed solution, add a little water to dilute the consistency. Massage intensively, focusing especially on your legs, thighs, stomach and arms for about two to three minutes, until the problem areas become smooth or/and flushed.
Step 2: Apply honey on your legs where cellulite is visible, and start slapping your legs for about four to seven minutes. It will improve the blood flow to soften the appearance of the cellulite. Just be careful to not overdo it, as it can cause broken capillaries if you apply too much pressure.