The Best Home Remedy for Cellulite on Thighs

The Best Home Remedy for Cellulite on Thighs

The absolute best home remedy for cellulite on thighs and the buttocks works within 24 hours and is less than $20.00!

Cottage cheese, orange peel, lumps, dimples…. whatever you call it, it’s ugly! Not to mention, cellulite is very stubborn. Once you have cellulite on your thighs, hips, or buttocks, it is almost impossible to get rid of. The good news is (if there is anything “good” when it comes to cellulite) – If you have it, you are not alone. Between 80 to 90 percent of women over the age of 21 have cellulite. The better news – there is an inexpensive home remedy that can make it disappear! Read on to learn the best home remedy for cellulite on thighs and the buttocks.

What is cellulite?

Just beneath the surface of the skin is a layer of connective tissue called the dermis layer. Gynoid lipodystrophy – the medical term for cellulite – occurs when fat cells push through this dermis layer of the skin.

In women, the connective tissue within the dermis layer is arranged vertically while men have connective tissue which is crisscrossed. This partially explains why men are less likely to develop cellulite. Other factors that make cellulite more prevalent in women include hormonal changes such as a decrease in estrogen during menopause which causes fat cells to enlarge.

Cellulite can happen at any age and any weight (yes, even skinny people get cellulite), but becomes more common with increasing age. This is because the dermis layer of the skin is made up of elastin and collagen, both of which decrease with aging. Skin also becomes more transparent as we age due to the thinning of the epidermis (the top surface layer of the skin). Therefore, as skin becomes less elastic and thinner, it is more likely to sag and reveal cellulite.

What causes cellulite?

The most common areas for cellulite are the hips, thighs, buttocks, upper legs, and the abdomen but the exact reason cellulite develops in these areas is unknown. Although, there are four known factors which increase your risk for having cellulite:

First, people who eat a poor diet and are overweight are more likely to have greater amounts of cellulite than those who eat a healthy diet.

Second, people who rarely exercise or don’t exercise at all are more likely to get cellulite than those who exercise regularly.

Third, cellulite is more prevalent in smokers and those who use other nicotine products.

Last, cellulite is more common in people who sit in one position for long periods of time (such as desk work). Although, it is not known if it is the actual sitting which contributes to the cellulite production or it is simply a lack of exercise in people who tend to sit for most of the day.

Best Home Remedy for Cellulite on Thighs, Legs, Buttocks & Abdomen

The most effective remedies for reducing cellulite permanently include eating healthy, exercising, avoiding nicotine, and taking walks or frequent breaks if you tend to sit for long periods at a time. However, there are four home remedies that can decrease the appearance of cellulite:

1. Apply tanning lotion. This is the absolute best home remedy for cellulite on the thighs, hips, and legs. While tanning lotion will not actually get rid of cellulite, it can make it less visible – dare I say it can make it disappear! The darker the lotion, the better it works. You can even purchase tanning lotion which contains firming ingredients to tighten the skin. Most tanning lotion takes 24 hours to become visible so plan ahead if you want to try this home remedy.

2. Dry brushing. This involves using a body brush to exfoliate and massage the skin. To use the dry brush, you spend about 3 to 5 minutes moving it over your thighs and legs in slow, circular motions. This will sluff off dead skin cells and increase circulation which helps the skin have a smoothing appearance. It has also been hypothesized that dry brushing stimulates lymphatic drainage and helps the body eliminate toxins. If you try this home remedy, know that dry brushing will take much longer than 24 hours to work. Typically, it is recommended that you dry brush for at least one month before you’ll notice any benefit. Also, it has been reported that dry brushing immediately after a hot bath or shower is more effective than dry brushing at other times.

3. Apply Preparation H. Yes, this is the over-the-counter hemorrhoid medication. The active ingredient in Preparation H is phenylephrine HCl, a vasoconstrictor that temporarily shrinks blood vessels and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. Although it will not permanently treat cellulite, it will help tighten your skin and reduce its appearance. This remedy works faster than tanning lotion (within hours).

4. Use a coffee scrub. Combine 1 cup of fresh coffee grounds with ½ cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and ½ cup of coconut oil. Mix the ingredients well. (Or, you can choose to purchase a pre-made coffee scrub here.) After a hot bath or shower, apply the mixture to cellulite areas using a loofah. Then, cover with plastic wrap and an elastic bandage. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 10-15 minutes and then remove. The coffee grounds and sugar will naturally exfoliate the skin while the caffeine will help tighten the skin. Like Preparation H, this treatment will work quickly to reduce the appearance of cellulite, but the best results are seen when used on an ongoing basis (at least two to three times per week).

There you have it – the top four home remedies for cellulite. Have you had any success with these or other home remedies? If so, tell me about it in the comments section below.


  1. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2015 Aug;16(4):243-256.

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