02/12/2014 10:55 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

5 Cellulite-Busting Tips For Toned Skin

Cellulite - our trusty 'friend' that sticks by us literally through thick and thin. The route of the problem? Often, it's down to what we eat.


"A sluggish digestive system will slow down the waste products in the body from being expelled, which makes the lymphatic system sluggish and this is when cellulite can occur," says celebrity facialist and Sanctuary Spa skincare expert Nicola Joss.

But what can be done to prevent the ultimate foe - or make it go? Here are five top tips with recommendations from Nicola below:

1. Stay hydrated
"Drink at least eight glasses of water a day," says Nicola. Try to avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks and replace with herbal tea.

2. Try massage
Massage is great for getting rid of cellulite as it helps break up the toxins which build up around the fat cells and helps to get the lymphatic system moving," Nicola explains. "The toxins can then be drained to the main lymphatic nodes and expelled from the body more easily."
3. Body brush
This is great for increasing lymph flow to the dermis. "Body brushing should be done with a stiff brush before you shower, with both the skin and brush dry. You should do this once a day for five minutes, always working in long strokes towards the heart," says Nicola.

4. Exercise regularly
Nicola suggest doing 20 minutes of cardio two or three times a week to stimulate the lymphatic system.

5. Look after your skin
"Use a rich moisturiser or body serum daily," says Nicola. She recommends massaging the Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Tight & Tone Body Serum morning and evening for a month onto concerned areas.

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