Cellulite affects 90% of women. Unfair, but true…

The sun is out and with it comes the urge to “lighten” our wardrobes. Out with the thick jerseys, coats and mom-jeans and in with flowing, floral dresses, comfy shorts and swimsuits!

There’s just one problem (besides the extra love handles we gained in winter)…

Cellulite!

Those oh-so-attractive (I’m being sarcastic here) lumps and bumps are enough to make you want to cover up and not dress to make the most of the warm, sushine-y weather on offer.

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Cellulite affects 90% of women. Unfair, but true

The good news is that, if you have it, you’re not alone.

Cellulite affects 90% of women. That means that if you and I have cellulite, then supermodels, A-list celebs and Olympic athletes do too!

Unfortunately, women are just naturally predisposed to cellulite – thanks to hormonal fluctuations caused by puberty, pregnancy, menopause, venous insufficiency and birth control medication.

We also have thinner skin, larger fat lobules and significant distribution of adipocytes (fat cells) in our thighs, buttock and hips.

It’s worth mentioning that cellulite does not favour the flabby – and only half of women attribute the appearance of cellulite to weight gain.

Cellulite can occur in ANY body type – short, tall, slim, curvy or flabby.

Poor diet, lack of exercise and genetics play a role too!

Other contributing factors include poor diet, lack of exercise, genetics and age.

Is there a magic cure?

No. But according to Charize Neill, Marketing Manager for Elancyl, there are simple, everyday things you can do (like eating a balanced diet, exercising and using a good, anti-cellulite product) to help reduce the appearance of those unsightly dimples.

The good news is that, if you have it, you’re not alone

She shares five tips below…

Everyday lifestyle tips to help combat the appearance of cellulite

1. Eat a balanced diet

They say that toxins from a less than perfect diet can cause cellulite. These toxins slow down blood circulation and reduce your skin’s elasticity.

So, eat clean (and by clean, we mean the good stuff; like fruit, veggies and lean proteins) and try to avoid processed foods (the bad stuff; like pizza, pies and burgers).

Be sure to load up on brightly coloured fruit and veggies – as these are high in antioxidants that help our bodies shed those nasty, cellulite-causing toxins.

2. Get moving

We know that exercise is great for reducing overall jiggle – but regular exercise can also help in the orange peel department! While there’s no research to support how exercise helps combat cellulite, the thinking is, if your muscles are more defined, your skin will look smoother.

3. It always comes down to water

You need to keep your water intake up to scratch to keep those toxins flushing through you!

Just another reason to make sure you drink your eight glasses of water per day…

4. Rest up!

If  your body is in a constant state of tension, it can’t function properly.

5. Use an anti-cellulite product

With a little help from science, you can enhance your cellulite-fighting regime with anti-cellulite products, like the newly launched ELANCYL SLIM DESIGN™ 2-in-1 FIRMING OIL.

The revolutionary bi-phase formula contains caffeine and ivy – which work to reduce the appearance of cellulite and assist detoxification – and camelina oil to strengthen the skin’s elasticity and suppleness.

The oil (available at Dis-Chem for R295) is perfectly designed to not only combat pesky cellulite, but also works at reducing the appearance of stretch marks!

Find out more here.