Recently, I came into the possession of a spa gift basket. In this basket, there was a loofah (so I can properly cleanse my nooks and crannies), some lotion (so that I can finish this winter season without looking scaly), some spa mitts (I don’t really know what these do, but I read the directions and it sounded interesting so I’ll keep you posted), and an “anti-cellulite” sponge.
I didn’t know what sort of witchcraft that was, so I had a look at the directions on the package and it seemed simple enough: scrub the affected area with the exfoliating sponge to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
And so when I took a shower, I tried it out, feeling a little like a jackass as I scrubbed my bum and my thighs with this sponge, a sponge that assured me that the appearance of cellulite would be reduced after only one use.
After my shower, I hopped out and had a peek at my hindquarters, ready to be impressed with the smoothness that was bound to be there.
We were still looking at full lump action back there. The only difference was that my thighs were irritated and sore from the exfoliating sponge. I felt lied to.
So, obviously, this is not a product review. If I’d have been thinking, I would have just thrown that sponge out without even opening the packaging. I don’t care about my cellulite. I am at peace with my body right now, but that product made me feel like I should be ashamed of the way my body looks. Companies specializing in cosmetics and “female care” make money by taking something as commonplace as cellulite and treating it as a problem that needs to go away.
And now, when winter is coming to a close and bathing suit season is right around the corner (probably my least favorite time of year, though it really shouldn’t be), most of us are feeling at our most vulnerable. If you’re like me, you probably have a little bit of a winter body and you don’t feel ready to bare your skin. And my run-in with the anti-cellulite sponge didn’t help my self-confidence.
It’s just so important to know the difference between what is a “problem” that needs to be “solved” and what is normal and healthy and OKAY. We’ve all heard it before, but I’m going to keep saying it until I’m blue in the face: CELLULITE IS NORMAL.
And my irritated thighs and I are not going to fall for the idea that we need to be “fixed” again.