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I recently lost about 50lbs over about 6 months and my arms were so bumpy they looked like they had grapes in them almost..okay..peas maybe but still it was nasty.
Losing that much weight that fast at 45, you can imagine how scary that was. I didn't choose to lose it that fast, it just happened. Anyway, at my age, I was really worried I was going to have to have surgery
In addition, it was kind of painful when I'd rub on them. That might be due to my Fibro, I don't know.
I've always remembered hearing an older lady once tell me years and years ago, that the then famous "loofah" sponges were a joke and all you have to do is massage yourself really thoroughly when you scrub in the shower or tub.
I had nothing to lose, so.. I simply got one of those long scratchy type washing towel things. It's made out of the same stuff that those nylon bath gloves are made out of. I liked it because it dried fast, but I'm sure anything would work.
Then..I just started scrubbing/massaging the fat part of my arms especially hard everytime I showered for a good 45 seconds without stopping. Sounds like not much, but after awhile the fat actually starts to hurt. I'd massage/scrub. It hurt a bit but again I have Fibro so I'm more senstive than most.
Every once in awhile, I'd put lotion on and rub that area (it felt "bumpy" like I had peas in my arms. I could feel them) especially long.
While I was watching TV I'd just kind of massage the area of my lower upper arm where the bumpy cellulite was extra gross.
In about two months, all of a sudden one day I noticed that when I rubbed it, it wasn't bumpy anymore when I would rub it.
I took a good look at the back of my upper arms in the mirror and sure enough, while there is still loose FLAB, there is no cellulite anymore. I told this story to a surgeon I interviewed with and I could tell he thought I was off my rocker.
I've recently started working on my fanny and back of my thighs and actually paid attention this time. My arms do get tired easily but I keep rubbing it until my poor fibro elbows hurt too much. I'd say a good solid 30 seconds of just scrubbing hard so that I rub the fat and not just the skin.
I wrap the towel on my fanny and do 'the twist" dance. I've noticed within just a couple weeks that the basic cellulite on my fanny and back thighs is getting better. I wish OPRAH would tell us this stuff instead of selling us all this garbage and fancy sucking massaging junk!
Sure wish I'd known it would work so well, or I"d have taken pictures.
It would be nice if others tried this and reported back of their experience.
Wow, congratulations!! I am very happy for you. I have cellulite on arms and have been reading tons of information about how to get rid of it and it is very depressing to read that there isn't much that can be done about it. I bought that expensive cream and have been using it for about 2 months and it hasn't done a thing for me. I am also working out, body brushing, and exfoliating in the shower. And of course watching what I eat. I am 5 ft and weigh 100 lbs. So it is not a matter of being overwieght. I think I may have to much body fat and need to build some muscle.
How long did it take before you saw any results? Did you bruise from the messagiing?
I am so happy that you posted this information, it gives me some hope.
I'd say it took me probably a realistic 3 months of doing this daily while showering and sometimes watching TV. I didn't really focus too much on it because I had little hope it was going to do anything. I'd lift my arm and just really give a good hard rubbing on the flabby part. Like I said, for me it hurts to do any kind of massaging..because of my fibro. But, not unbearable even so it feels more like ...sore I would call it. I would often take my index finger and just slide it up and down the lower fattiest part of the arm that was especially bumpty. Mainly because I was so obsessed with how gross it was.
My thighs and butt just have regular cellulite. The stand mild bumpyness and I'd say I noticed pretty quickly that my butt looks smoother. I'd say a month or so.
I have also done some fanny/leg toning on the eliptical machine, but that just made my butt and legs more defined. It didn't help the cellulite.
Today I paid more attention in the shower. I'd say that I scrub hard enough to make the fat/muscle move and long enough until the skin starts to burn too much from the scratching.
Sometimes I work the pea-sized bumps of fat a little too much and I get a little bruise there but otherwise I don't do it long or hard enough to bruise, and I do bruise VERY easily. I will often take sections where I feel the bumps and will rub those areas a little more intensely. (no they are not cancerous. Several PT's and dr.s have told me they are "not a tumor" lol..and that it's deposits of material that get lodged in your fat over the years)
Since I have stretch marks and I'm 45, it was especially unattractive because the fatty deposits kind of fell through where the stretch marked skin was so that it gave an especially bumpy look. Now, I just have smooth stretch marks that are gross when up close and I can't wear cap sleeves, but at least when someone grabs my arm to help me I don't jump ten feet worried they'll gross out. I can also wear regular short sleeves for the most part.
I started on my tummy fat this morning that just hangs on me like a flat tire, and looks like my belly is my butt. We'll see if it helps the skin and bumpiness at all. I was plannin on having an abdominosplasty since EVERYONE says the only option is to cut.
I've seen them pretty much at most drugstores like Longs, at beauty supply stores which is where I first bought one and also I saw them at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Personally I love them because they are long and I can get a really good scrubbing on my back, but I don't think they were the key really. It's more about the hard massaging of the mass of fat/flesh over time. I think it just redistributes the fat deposits or something.
I guess my theory is best supported by the "new" machines at the spas that advertise as 'sucking" and "massaging" the fat to reduce cellulite. Seems to me the idea is pretty much the same.
I'm sure if you use anything that you can soap up and allow you to get smooth motion going for a good 30 seconds per area would work. In my case, I'd say that I would push against the area so that the fat/flesh would move and I could feel the "fatty lumpkins" under the skin moving under my hands.
I didn't find them at Long's but I did find them at a health food store. I also found seaweed soap at the health food store which is also good for cellulite. Bliss sells it on the internet for 14 bucks. I got mine for 4 bucks!
I know this is an old post, but I nosily stumbled into this section and I just wanted to say that I think you are absolutely right! When you massage fatty/cellulite ridden areas you are breaking up the fat deposits and it does make your skin appear smoother.
Years ago I used to go to a masseuse who believed this and massaged the HECK out of your body in order to break up the fat deposits (it was definitely UNCOMFORTABLE, bordering on painful in certain areas!! ). She said that basically it is due to a sluggish lymphatic system and the DEEP massages broke up fatty tissue that was essentially stagnant (if that makes sense!)
You definitely have to keep doing it (not as often). Anyway, I know I am not doctor or expert, but I found massage did help break up the fat, just like you said Lorethiel! Even after these deep massages, some of us may not have that "perfect" skin (I know I don't!) like some lucky people do naturally, but I think it does help and makes your skin appear smoother
How long and how often should you message? I have cellulite on my arms that I would like to get rid of or at least reduce the appearance. I weigh 97 lbs so I don't want to lose weight but they say that is the way to get rid of cellulite.
Well I can't say for sure how often you should massage, but with myself, I massage a little everyday. I would say rub the areas deeply for a few minutes everyday. Use a nice oil or heavy lotion when massaging. What I have found is that the area becomes softer and softer--meaning the fatty tissue breaks up (if that makes sense!) If you are massaging deeply, it will hurt a bit as you are breaking up the fatty tissue. As the fat begins to soften, it will hurt less and less. (again, I am just relaying my experience, everyone is different) Also, I have read that one of the main ingredients in a lot of cellulite creams is caffeine. I have also massaged my cellulite areas (thighs) with my leftover coffee grounds (as weird as that seems!) I just make sure I do it while in the shower and in the daytime as for me it seems to absorb a bit into the skin, which gives me the feeling of having a cup of coffee!! I hope this helps! Good luck!
Hello ladies, I'm definitely going to give this a try. I'm an avid runner and even during my peak running I've never been able to get rid of the cellulite on my thighs. I have a couple of areas that I am going to focus on and see what happens. Good thing is that this is free. I just have to remember to do it. Thanks for sharing these great tips!
This absolutely DOES work! I had saddle bags and used a loofah sponge daily in the shower and scrubbed each side rigorously for about 3 minutes per side. They completely vanished and I did nothing else as far as diet or exercise.
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