WANT TO LESSEN THE LOOK OF CELLULITE? HERE’S HOW…

Short of surgery there is no real way to get rid of cellulite – but here’s how you can lessen the effects…

Oh cellulite! That cottage-cheese like dimpled skin that sneaks up on you one day and refuses to budge can become upsetting. To be honest, there isn’t one fail-safe formula short of surgery that will get rid of your cellulite for good. However, with a little effort (and elbow grease) you can soften the effects and make your cellulite look a little less visible. Here’s how…

Dry Brushing: If I had the time I would dry brush my skin to the recommended quota of three times a week. Sadly, with a baby, that’s just impossible. However when I remember (which admittedly isn’t that often!) I do like to give my skin, particularly my legs a good dry brushing. This technique is best done pre-shower, using just the brush (and no product) in upward sweeping motions. The theory behind dry brushing is that you won’t just be sloughing away dry skin, but the pressure will help to simulate circulation and aid lymphatic drainage. In short your skin should look tighter, brighter and with any luck – just a little less lumpy.  And remember – find a brush with natural bristles – not synthetic. Try Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush, $69.18,which uses natural cactus bristles.

Exfoliate: While dry brushing will exfoliate for you, it’s good to give your skin another dose with a product that will remove dry skin, while injecting a bit of moisture. Try Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub, $66.50,  which is my ultimate favourite exfoliator. The exfoliation part is satisfyingly gritty, however the product is infused in a rich oil that leaves your skin satisfyingly silky and hydrated.

Massage: There are many fancy (and expensive) tools out there which claim to massage your cellulite away. And while some of them may work, it’s probably best to start with something a little more affordable. That’s why I like the Bliss Fat Girl Soap Circulation Stimulating Massage Bar, which has moulded nubs into the soap shape. Infused with caffeine to promote circulation it works together to break up the fluids beneath your skin. One problem – it’s so popular it’s sold out everywhere I’ve looked so you might need to get yourself on some waiting lists!

Oil: Look, despite what any bottle says, an oil or body serum won’t get rid of cellulite but it may help lessen it’s effect, particularly when mixed with some exfoliation or dry brushing. Try: Trilogy Pure Plant Body Oil, $29.99, which uses its signature rosehip oil mixed with sweet almond and apricot to repair and hydrate the skin. The best thing about this fragrance free product is that it’s also a good to use for stretch marks and scarring, and is a natural option to be used throughout pregnancy.

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Sarah Murray

SARAH MURRAY IS A JOURNALIST AND A MUM WHO FOUNDED DAY DOT ON MATERNITY LEAVE WITH HER SON RAFFERTY. IT WAS DURING THIS TIME SHE REALISED THAT ALTHOUGH SHE WAS A MUM AND WAS SUDDENLY INTERESTED IN SLEEP SCHEDULES AND MUSLIN WRAPS, SHE ALSO STILL WANTED TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH THE LATEST TRENDS. THUS, DAY DOT WAS BORN IN A BID TO INSPIRE AND CONNECT WITH OTHER MODERN MUMS AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH FASHION, BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE AND, OF COURSE, BABIES.

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