Does aloe vera help cellulite disappear? Let’s find out together in this post.
Dimples are cute and irresistible. They can make anyone look good, but they are hideous when they are placed in the wrong areas of our bodies. I’m referring to the abdomen, thighs, hips, and butt. When they are in those areas, those dimples can be called cellulite.
Women want to look and feel good about ourselves. And to be able to achieve that, we constantly look for ways to erase our flaws – cellulite in this case. Some women just accept cellulite. This is OK, because cellulite isn’t a disease. But if you want to reduce cellulite or get rid of it completely, there are some ways to do it.
We have already explored several different options on this site. So, why not try something natural? Like aloe vera perhaps? But does aloe vera help cellulite go away?
What Is Cellulite?
When there is a build-up of fat underneath the skin, the fat is pushed towards the surface as connective tissues that hold fat and muscles pull down. When this happens, dimples or cheese-like surface manifests on the skin.
Cellulite is not critical or serious, but it looks ugly. Sorry, but I’m just being honest about what I feel about it.
This skin condition affects more men than women. Those who are overweight, and older are more prone to having cellulite. Let’s add stress, hormonal contraceptives, sedentary lifestyle, and genetic predisposition to the factors.
There are different levels of severity of the condition depending on the amount of accumulated fat.
- Grade 1 – no visible appearance of cellulite, but it can be seen by microscopic examination. The changes in skin cells are often in the thighs and butt areas.
- Grade 2 – symptoms with Grade 1 are added to skin with unhealthy and pale appearance, lower temperature, and reduced elasticity.
- Grade 3 – signs from Grade 2 plus visible dimples and rough skin.
Therefore, it is important to eat a balanced meal, and exercise to get rid of fat and cellulite.
What Is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a shrub with short stems. Its leaves are thick and contain the gel that is used to cure various maladies, and added to many health and beauty products.
It has been used for many years and is getting more prominent as of late. In the last few years, it has been subjected to varying scientific studies to delve deeper and prove its therapeutic attributes.
It is propagated all over the world to supply the need for its gel. Currently, aloe vera is generally used in food as FDA-approved flavoring, food supplements (juice, capsules), herbal medication and remedy, and cosmetics (creams, lotions, gels, etc.).
The aloe vera gel is composed of 99% water and 1% glycoproteins. It is said to cure wounds, relieve inflammation, and lessen pain. In addition to that, it has polysaccharides that improve the skin and support growth.
In ancient Egypt people used the plant for their beauty regimen. It was also used to heal burns, wounds, and cuts. For those reasons, aloe vera was dubbed as “the plant of immortality” during that time.
Aloe vera has been a favorite ingredient in the cosmetic industry for many years now. Why? It effectively and deeply penetrates the skin. As a result, dead skin cells are removed, the production of elastin and collagen are boosted, and skin cells are refreshed therefore treating cellulite.
Apart from that, it can reduce skin blemishes, scars, and fine lines. It can alleviate acne, psoriasis, and eczema as well as it contains anti-inflammatory properties.
All in all, it hydrates, moisturizes, and soothes. Having said this, aloe vera for cellulite removal is possible – both topical treatment and/or supplements are good.
There is a huge variety of aloe vera products for cellulite topical treatments. You can choose from exfoliants, creams, body toners, bath gels, moisturizers, lotions, suntan lotions, and more.
Those products can be massaged onto the body to efficiently release toxins, and reduce fat deposits. Massaging can also enhance blood flow, which helps with eliminating cellulite.
Different Ways of Using Aloe Vera for Cellulite
Apart from using the topical treatments mentioned above, you can also try the following remedies that you can do at home:
Direct application – since aloe vera can tighten the skin, it can minimize the appearance of cellulite. For this, you will need one leaf. Slice and extract the gel. Three tablespoons will do. Massage the gel in circular motion into your problem areas and leave it on for an hour. This way, the gel is thoroughly absorbed. Rinse off with lukewarm water afterwards. Do this 3 times per week.
You can also use this plant to reduce your stretch marks. It contains water and is rich in nutrients that can enhance the skin, and restore it to its health by improving its elasticity.
To do that, you need to get rid of the thorns and peel off the skin. Slice it and put inside the blender. Apply the gel onto the desired area and massage for 2 minutes. You can either leave it to dry or wash off with warm water. I prefer to rinse it off because it feels sticky. Do this two times per day for better results.
Drinking aloe vera juice – you probably did not know that aloe vera juice exists. Yes, it does. Elderly people will greatly benefit from this technique as it boosts collagen production.
Drinking the juice will strengthen the tissues under your skin too, so that the lumps and dimples disappear. All you have to do is drink 50mL of high quality aloe vera juice before eating your breakfast.
Apply with coconut oil – coconut oil contains moisturizing and healing properties so it yields perfect results when combined with aloe vera. Aloe vera, on the other hand, has allantoin that cures and soothes the skin. Together, they can help increase blood flow and reduce cellulite. One aloe vera leaf plus 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil will do.
Combine with tea tree oil – essential oil enthusiasts will be happy to know that we have one on this list. Among the oils, the tea tree oil is one of the best in battling cellulite. It enhances circulation of blood to prevent the accumulation of fat cells in the legs and thighs. Just mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, plus a little honey. Apply onto the problem area and let it sit for a few hours. Gently rinse off after.
How Much Aloe Vera for Cellulite Should I Use?
I suggest that you follow the instructions on the labels of the creams and treatments. Directions for homemade remedies are already provided above.
If unsure, talk to your doctor as there are other ingredients in the treatments that might cause allergic reactions.
Risks and Side Effects
Generally, topical aloe vera for cellulite does not have any harmful side effects. However, you should not apply it on open wounds and burns. Ensure that your topical treatment does not contain anthraquinone as many have already suffered from red, burning skin and dermatitis due to that ingredient.
If you are allergic to onions, garlic, and tulips, please refrain from using aloe vera as it can cause hives, dermatitis, and red eyelids.
Those who are drinking aloe vera juice should not consume it for a very long time. It can cause intestinal and kidney problems, diabetes, and hemorrhoids as it can negatively react with your other medicines.
Again, be wise and consult your doctor before doing anything.
Does aloe vera help cellulite removal? Big “yes”. You can try varying topical options and the homemade solutions that we have here. But if you are allergic to it, or it does not work for you, you can always go for Joey Atlas Exercises or Cellinea Pills to address your cellulite woes.