Dirty 30: cellulite.

If only my legs looked that good...
If only my legs looked that good…

That’s right, I’ve got cellulite. While it has an oddly nice ring to it, I freaking haaaaate it!

I’ll be honest here, I’ve really never had body issues until the last year or so. Part of it came from being a gym rat, and getting obsessive over what I ate and how often I hit the gym (at one time, I was there everyday), and don’t get me wrong, I looked great. But there’s got to be some sort of balance, and honestly, I’m not ashamed to admit that there’s a slew of other things I’d rather be doing than hanging out at the gym.

Over the summer, it had been a minute since I worked out, and I definitely wasn’t eating my best. But, my friend invited me for a day out boating. I put on my swimsuit, and for the first time, I really felt embarrassed. There were dimples all over my thighs and ass. NOOOOOOOoooo!

I kept my shorts on all day in hopes of hiding at least some of it.

I’m sure it’s been there for awhile and I’ve just never noticed it, or have never been bothered by it. But yeah, it makes me self conscious.

So, what the hell is this cellulite, anyway? It’s basically fat right under the skin. The dimples are caused by the fat pushing against connective tissue (WebMD). Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t happen because you’re overweight. It’s genetic, and it’s more common in women than it is in men.

While you can’t necessarily prevent cellulite, there are factors that determine how visible it is, such as diet, fad dieting, slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, hormone changes, dehydration, total body fat, and thickness and color of your skin.

So, what can we do to combat cellulite? Well, aside from eating a healthy diet, and getting some physical exercise, I’ve taken a small obsession to using fat creams.

The foursome.
The foursome.

Right now, I use Bliss’ Fat Girl Slim line — a body scrub, two creams, a little tool called a “slimulator,” and a gel. Writing it all out like that really makes me sound like a nutcase.

But! You can get almost all of these products in a single kit, if you’re interested in trying them out. Alright, how it works — you start with the scrub to get all the dead skin cleared away, then stimulate the skin with the Slimulator, and follow up with the FatGirlSlim cream that reduces cellulite visibility. Before bed, slather on the second cream, FatGirlSleep, that soothes the body and helps repair your cells while you sleep (and it smells like lavender).

I also started using Bliss’ Love Handler, which targets the mid-section using caffeine, and it’s amazingly cool and tingly.

I’ll be honest, none of these products are going to make me look like Kendall Jenner, but they do a really great job of tightening the skin and making it incredibly smooth. And let’s face facts, when a guy runs his hand up your thigh, it better be smooth!

What products are you using to get smooth skin?

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