The Truth About Caffeine and Cellulite

coffeeCaffeine, and more specifically coffee, can do a number of things for your cellulite. Depending on how you use it, your cellulite can be made better or worse. This is however only in relation to visual appearance. Caffeine won’t have a direct permanent impact on your cellulite.

What Caffeine Can do to You

We all know about the positive effects caffeine can have on us. It makes us more alert, gives us more energy and can even reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. However it can also cause high blood pressure, diarrhoea and cause panic attacks & stress in large quantities.

Dehydration

Additionally it can dehydrate you and make you retain water. So how does that work? If it dehydrates you that will be because it makes you urinate more often. But that’s not retaining water! If you have lots of caffeine which causes excess urination your body will begin to think it’s not getting enough water. Therefore it will begin to retain water to conserve it.

The Bad

Looking at the above side effects we can see some of the possible problems from drinking too much caffeine. If we’re retaining water and getting bloated then the cellulite is going to be more visible on the skin. This is because it can cause fat cells to swell as they hold onto the water.


Stress

Also if you’re getting stressed or on edge from coffee consumption this may be enough to cause your body to store more fat.

Circulation

It also constricts your circulation which can have a knock on effect. Your skin won’t be getting all of the nutrients it needs which can mean the skin can look dry, dehydrated and lacking in essential nutrients. Again this will make cellulite appear worse.

You can avoid some of these problems by drinking a glass of water before a cup of coffee.

The Good

So if drinking caffeine isn’t a good way to reduce the appearance of cellulite, then what is? Rubbing it on your skin of course! It can have decent short-term effects. Because coffee is a stimulant, it can cause your blood vessels to get temporarily bigger. This can provide you skin with more nutrients and therefore tightens the skin. Coffee is also a good source of antioxidant which may also help reduce toxins.

Caffeine is included in many of the cellulite creams you can buy. But save yourself a ton of money and use this home remedy. You will need:

  • ⅓ cup of coffee grounds.
  • 2 table spoons of olive oil.
  • 1 egg white.

Mix these all together and heat them up in the microwave. 5 seconds on low power should do it, you just want to make sure the mixture isn’t really cold for when you apply it to your body. This step isn’t necessary if you’re using coffee which has already brewed and therefore is still warm.

The best idea is to apply the mixture in the shower due to the mess. Apply the mixture to the area which has cellulite with a rubbing motion and let it stand for around 5 minutes. Then just wash it off. Do this a few times a week and you should start to see some positive results.

So in conclusion; caffeine on the inside of your body can make cellulite worse, but applied to the outside can reduce its appearance.

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