Get a Better Booty

We all want them, the elusive slender thighs and beautiful booty!  We are plagued with cellulite, spider veins and flabbiness!  With some effort, there are some ways to reduce, minimize, firm and camouflage.  This is booty boot camp!

#1 Nemesis:  Cellulite

Cellulite is that lumpy, bumpy, dimpled, cottage cheese, orange peel look that 80-90% of all women experience at some point.  It is fat that bulges through the mesh of connective fiber under our skin.  It primarily effects the thighs, buttocks and, for some people, the stomach. A doctor will say it's just fat, but I think there is more to it after my years of spa training. The fat cells in the thighs, derriere and stomach are sensitive to fluctuating female hormones which cause water retention and the breakdown of collagen fibers. As a result, fat looks puffier and skin and connective tissue become less elastic.  Cellulite!  You may not be able to eliminate it, but with some determination, you can improve it.  Ready for combat?  Here we go!

1.  Increase Circulation  
Better blood flow provides more nutrients to skin tissues and elimination of excess fluids, toxins.  

Give yourself a dry brushing.  Use a dry body brush before a shower.  Not only does this stimulate circulation, it give you a nice exfoliation.  Start at your ankles with long strokes upwards. Work your way up each leg covering all sides of the legs.  Continue over your whole body. Exfoliating gloves are another option you can try.  Same idea as the brush but some people find them easier. 

Use a nubby rubber bath mitt in the shower or a body scrub in the shower.

Give your legs a daily light, almost tickly massage.

Keep warm!  Cold restricts blood flow to the surface of the skin.  


2. Tone the Muscles 
Exercise!  I know.  I don't want to do it either, but toning up the muscles makes the thighs and fanny look better. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.  

Cardio helps burn fat and strength training tones muscles.  A trainer at a gym will get you on a good program. 

Walk it off!  Brisk walking is a good weight bearing exercise (good for our bones!) that is aerobic, tones muscles, and improves circulation.  Try some leg toning sneakers like Shape Ups, to intensify your walking workout.

Try some at home exercises.  

Stand straight. Place hands on hips and step forward with your right foot. Right knee is bent 90 degrees so that it is over the ankle. Right foot is flat.  Left knee bends so left heel comes off the floor. Pause. Return to standing position, the repeat stepping with left foot. Do not do lunges if you have bad knees!                                                     


Stand straight. Slowly bend knees and lower bum as if you are going to sit in a chair.  Raise arms in front of you for balance. Keep feet flat. Pause. Return to standing. Repeat.  Do not do squats if you have bad knees!

inner thigh lift
Lie on your right side. Bend left knee and place it in front of right leg. Use left arm for balance. Raise right leg slowly. Pause and lower leg. Do a set with right leg. Then, do left leg.  

outer thigh lifts
Lie on your left side with left knee bent a at 45 degree angle. Use right arm for balance.  Lift straight right leg off the floor. Lower it back down the just grazing the floor with your toe and lifting it again.  Continue without pausing for a set. Then, do left leg.

rump raises

Lie on your back with knees bent, hip length apart. Feet are flat on the floor. Raise hips and squeeze the tush. Pause.  Lower down to the floor just grazing it and raising hips again. Repeat.

3. Topical Creams
There are many topical cellulite treatment creams out there designed to help eliminate excess fluid and firm the skin which will help improve the appearance of cellulite.  Firmer skin will hold back the bulges better than flabby skin.  Some creams claim to breakdown fat. Here's is a list of popular active ingredients and what they do.

A drug used in asthma treatment when applied to the skin,  can reduce fat cells.
Bladder wrack 
A marine plant extract when applied to the skin, stimulates the metabolism of fat.
Botanical Extracts 
They are many plant and flower extracts use in cellulite creams to stimulate circulation and remove toxins. Some are Glaucine from the horned poppy, Cat's Claw and Horse Chestnut.
Caffeine when applied to the skin is inflammatory and helps remove excess fluid.
Pepper. Stimulates circulation.
CoEnzyme Q10 
Anti-oxidant naturally produced by the body helps to firm the skin.
Essentials Oils 
Penetrate the skin easily and detoxify. Cypress, Grapefruit, Juniper, Rosemary, Sage, Tangerine.
Green Tea 
Anti-oxidant that improves the appearance of the skin.
This is an amino acid that naturally occurs in the body. It helps breakdown fat when applied to the skin.
This is a vitamin A derivative that stimulates collagen production strengthen connective tissue.
Seaweed and Algae  
They both help detoxify, eliminating excess fluid and also firm the skin when applied topically. 

A Cellulite Cream to try
Murad Firm and Tone
contains Sunflower seed oil, Rice Amino Acids, Algae Extract, Citrus Oils
A Skin Firming Cream to try
Nuance Salma Hayek Dark Cocoa & Coffee Firming Body Cream contains Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Illite, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

4. Body Wraps and Salt Scrubs
Salon and spa body wraps containing herbs, essential oils, algae and seaweed will help improve cellulite by removing fluids from fatty deposits and conditioning the skin.  A salt scrub done before a wrap will enhance the penetration of the active ingredients in the wrap.  A Lymph Drainage Massage in conjunction with a body wrap will enhance the elimination of fluids even more.  Use an anti-cellulite cream at home to prolong the effects of the body wrap.

5. Camouflage
Start spreadin' the self tanner! A tan gives the illusion of less cellulite. Many salons and spas offer airbrush tanning which gives you a beautiful even tan.  For at home tanning and toning, Fake Bake Sunless and Skinny is a firming, toning self tanner containing seaweed and copper to detoxify and firm the skin.

Self Tanner Tips
1. Exfoliate your skin well with a dry body brush or a body scrub in the shower. Concentrate on thick skin areas such as the feet, knees and elbows.  Use a facial exfoliant for your face.

2. Apply a light film of moisturizer to your entire body. This will help prevent pores from darkening too much causing them to stand out.

3. Apply an oil or thick moisturizer to feet, knees elbows and other areas of thickened skin so they don't get too dark.

4.Wear gloves to keep your palms from turning too dark during application.

5.Apply self tanner. I love Fake Bake Sunless Airbrush. You spray it on and it leaves a tan color so you can see where the product is on your skin. Now use your gloved hands to smooth out the spray in a circular motions. Be careful where you are while applying your spray tan. The over spray gets everywhere!  I like to spray tan outside or in the shower with the shower curtain closed so I can wash off the shower when I am done.  Spray tanner onto a sponge then apply it to your face.  

Self tanners are also available in creams. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is easy to work with and gives you a nice gradual color. Apply the cream to the skin and smooth it evenly is a circular motion. Wash your hands immediately after application if you did not wear gloves so you don't get orange palms!   People with sensitive skin should do a patch test  before application.

6. Avoid contact with water for 4-6 hours.  The initial colorant will wash off but a nice tan will remain.  It will gradually wear off as a real tan does.  

Fake Bake is not tested on animals. A 7oz. Airbrush Self Tanning Spray is about $30.00 in salons and at various websites. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer and Natural Glow Express Daily Moisturizer are available in drug, grocery and super stores for about $8.99. There are a wide variety of self tanner sprays and creams on for you to check out!

6. Watch your Diet
Eat your veggies!  
Vegetables and fruits contain anti-oxidants and phyto chemicals that help keep your skin firmer.  Try for at least 5 different kinds of veggies and fruits per day.

Get your Vitamin C!  
Vitamin C helps rebuild collagen which makes your skin firmer. The RDA is only 75mg. for women.  Up to 2000mg. per day is tolerable.  Some foods high in C are broccoli, grapefruit, oranges, potatoes, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Drink water!  
The kidneys need a constant supply of water to eliminate excess fluids effectively.  8-10 glasses are recommended each day.

Avoid excess sugar!  
It can cause water retention.

Eat foods with diuretic properties.  
Some of them are alfalfa, apples, asparagus, beets, chamomile tea, cucumber, grapes, parsley, strawberries, watercress and watermelon. 

Get your calcium! 
It helps prevent fluid retention.  Some foods high in calcium are baked beans, broccoli, cheese, dark leafy greens, fortified juices, milk and yogurt.

Vitamin B6!  

It helps prevent fluid retention.  Eat these foods: Cod, Atlantic Salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, garlic, bananas, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, baked potatoes including skins, yams, green peas, asparagus, turnip greens,peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, sesame and sunflower seeds, whole wheat, cereals, bran, wheat germ, brown rice, chick peas, lentils, soybeans, kidney beans, chili powder. If you take a B6 supplement, take no more than 100mg.  B6 can be toxic.

Avoid excess caffeine and salt! 

They both can cause water retention.

7. Laser Etc.
Med spas and cosmetic doctors offer various infrared, LED, radio frequency and laser treatments, such as Smart Lipo, to treat cellulite. These treatments are designed to breakup and dissolve fatty tissue. The liquefied fat is then eliminated by the body over a course of a few days.  The treatments also encourage the growth of collagen and help tighten the skin.  The cost and length of treatment varies according to the what type of procedure is performed.  Visit for a great list of treatments. 

What Doesn't Help
Any mechanical devices that apply suction, rolling and pressure. They can damage already weakened connective tissue.

Liposuction.  It removes fat from the deep layer of fat leaving the superficial layer of fat and skin looking more flabby.

Spider Veins
Spider veins are tiny blood vessels in the skin that have become dilated on enlarged.  The tendency to get them is an inherited trait. Pregnancy, weight gain, excessive sun exposure, injuries and smoking cause them. 

1. Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins.  A doctor injects saline or other substance into the problem veins.  This causes the veins to stick together shutting the veins down.  Sclerotherapy is a wintertime project because there can be some bruising and use of compression stockings. Laser Therapy and Intense Pulse Light Therapy are also used to treat spider veins.

2. Camouflage Them!
Self tanner is a great way to hide spider veins.  Follow the self tanner tips in the cellulite section.  Another option is leg makeup.  Many brands are waterproof, such as Smart Cover and The Right to Bare Legs, so you can even go swimming wear them!

3. Prevention 
Wear sunblock to protect the skin and veins from UV damage. 

Vitamin C 
Eat a diet rich in Vitamin C which help strengthen blood vessels.

Exercise to improve circulation and strengthen veins. Walking is particularly good.

Follow the nun's rule 
Cross your legs at the ankles not at your knees to allow proper blood circulation.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Don't Smoke!

It's a lot of work to be beautiful!!!
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