3.12.2014

All about Cellulite

Hello my lovelies, 
Today I thought I would talk about a subject most ladies don't know too much about, other then its impossible to get rid of: Cellulite!

As a beauty therapist I have studied the effects of cellulite and how we can prevent it from getting worse as we age. It is every ladies dream to age and not have to deal with cellulite, so I thought I would share my knowledge and try to help you understand why and how we can stop it from happening. 



So what is cellulite?

Cellulite is the bumpy, dimpled, orange peel looking skin that shows on the skins surface, In particular places like the buttocks, thighs and stomach.



What causes cellulite?

Cellulite is caused by enlarged fat cells, which are spread deep beneath the skin, pushing up against the underlying connective tissue therefor creating an uneven, orange peel appearance at the skins surface. 
Left - cellulite, Right - normal skin
Why is cellulite more common in women than men?
There are a couple of reasons why women are more susceptible to cellulite which are:
1. Men have a thicker epidermis (the topmost layer of the skin) which makes the skin more resilient to physical change.
2. Men have a different skin structure, Men have a crisscross structure of fibres where women have  side by side compartments.
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3. underwear, we both wear different types. Women wear quite tight underwear which constricts the blood flow around the buttocks and thigh area therefor speeding up the process of cellulite. 


How can you get rid of cellulite?

We are in the 21st century, and with that comes marketing of products and treatments that promise results when it comes to cellulite reduction, but there is no scientific evidence that states any of these products or services work. For a product that reduces the size of our fat cells to work it would have to penetrate the skin deep enough to actually get there, which is very, very rare. 
There are things like skin smoothing devices and treatments that will help reduce the appearance of cellulite but it won't have a long term effect, nor will it treat the actual problem of getting rid of the cellulite. There are many things you can do to help reduce the cellulite such as using a dry body brush in upwards sweeping motions twice a day, which will help with the blood and circulation. Also by drinking water and trying to avoid toxin intake (alcohol, fatty foods, sugar) will help detox the body and fat cells.

The only way of truly getting rid of cellulite is by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and most importantly drinking a lot of water to try and flush the toxins, which block the lympnodes from detoxing your fat cells, out of your body.
How can you prevent cellulite?

By eating healthy and eliminating sugar from your diet, you can help prevent your cellulite from getting worse, or if you don't have cellulite this will help by preventing it from occurring.

Exercising is another prevention, both cardio and weights help tone the skin and stop the signs of cellulite.

Wearing loose underwear is great for the circulation of blood and lymph. Quit smoking if you want to help with the prevention of cellulite; due too the amount of toxins inhaled from a smoke, cellulite is more common in smokers.
  


* all images in this post were sourced from google images