Is There *Actually* Anything You Can Do About Cellulite?

Wondering how to get rid of cellulite on your legs? We looked into it.
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Cellulite is something all of us have, and, in 2023, it’s…. something none of us really want to talk about wanting to get rid of. After all, body positivity is a thing, and we should all be feeling #amazing about ourselves! Right?

The fact is, while there’s nothing wrong with having cellulite, there’s also nothing wrong with feeling insecure about it.

If cellulite is causing you worry or holding you back from rocking a mini skirt for an event, or wearing a bikini on your European vacation, there are some short-term things you can do to reduce cellulite on your legs.

We’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, and help you feel amazing in your own skin. Remember though, the only person noticing your cellulite is probably you.


Exercise is one of the only ways to permanently reduce cellulite.
Exercise is one of the only proven ways to permanently reduce cellulite. Image Credit: Getty

Surprise, surprise! While we all love a quick fix, regular exercise and a healthy diet are the only clinically proven ways to reduce and control cellulite. Fortunately, they both make you feel good in a myriad of different ways — from boosting endorphins to giving you more energy. Plus, it helps get your endorphins pumping. It’s also one of the only ways to make a real reduction in cellulite. Firming the muscle underneath cellulite helps smooth the appearance of the skin, so strength training moves that are focused on the buttocks, hips and upper legs will help.


Diet and exercise are the only clinically proven ways to reduce cellulite.
A healthy diet can help reduce cellulite and boost your overall health and wellbeing. Image Credit: Getty

Eating a healthy diet loaded with fibres, fruits and vegetables will help reduce the appearance of cellulite, and bloating. Foods that boost collagen production are also helpful. After all, the stronger and firmer your skin, the smoother the appearance of cellulite. So eating collagen boosting foods like citrus, salmon and tuna, greens, hot peppers and chilli will help maintain your skin, and decrease your cellulite over time. Meanwhile, it’s a good idea to avoid sugars, refined grains and salts, all of which can increase the appearance of cellulite. 

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Manual Exfoliation and Lymphatic Drainage

Manual exfoliation and lymphatic drainage are both techniques that can reduce the appearance of cellulite for short periods.
Lymphatic drainage massage and manual exfoliation, or “dry body brushing,” can provide short term cellulite-reducing benefits. Image Credit: Getty

Looking for a little extra or something a little more… short term? Dry brushing and lymphatic drainage massage both increase blood flow and can reduce the appearance of cellulite. The Kardashians are famously fans of the Ashley Black fascia blasting tools which have some impressive before and afters. The theory behind dry brushing and lymphatic drainage is they both help improve circulation, remove excess and plump the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. 

Topicals and Cosmetics

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and Bangn Body Firming Lotion are both award winning firming lotions that will help reduce the appearance of cellulite on your legs.
Sol de Janeiro, Brazilian Bum Bum Cream($80) Image Credit: MECCA and Bangn Body, Firming Lotion ($48) Image Credit: Bangn Body

Got an event like, today and don’t have time for all of the above? There are some quick fixes on the market. 

Body lotions with ingredients like caffeine have short term tightening and toning benefits. Some of the most popular include Sol de Janeiro, Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($80) and Martha Kalifatidis approved Bangn Body, Firming Lotion ($48) both are packed with caffeine and nourishing oils to keep the skin on your body tight, toned and smooth. 

Another product worth looking into is BodyBlendz Face & Body Anti-Cellulite Lotion Duo Pack ($92). This lotion assists with increased skin and blood circulation to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.

Alternately, a can of spray tan never hurts.

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