What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is fatty deposits of soft or hard dimpled fat which looks like orange peel. Like stretch marks, this is another dreaded thing we see when looking at ourselves in the mirror!
This condition affects mostly women, as women have more fat cells due to hormonal influences. Women are also affected more as men’s skin structure and texture is different. Both overweight and slim people are affected. You will mostly see it around the thighs, buttocks, upper arms and stomach.
Cellulite appears in the subcutaneous layer (deepest layer of our skin), which is made up of fat cells laced with collagen and other fibers found in the connective tissue.
You may also feel that the area of cellulite feels cooler than other areas of the skin because the blood circulation is weakened in that area.
It is very stubborn and resistant to diet and exercise, although both do help with the appearance. There is also more water content present in the areas of concern.
Credit to David Loftus
What are the Two Main Types of Cellulite?
There are two main types of cellulite:
Hard cellulite – seen without squeezing the skin.
Soft Cellulite – can only been seen when the skin is squeezed. It is often found in inactive women or people who have lost muscle tone through things like crash dieting.
Ways to Tackle Cellulite
- Exfoliating: Gently exfoliate the area of concern with circular motion as this can help to regenerate skin cells.
- Dry Brushing: Dry brush before getting into the shower, always towards the heart. This helps with poor circulation which eventually leads to congestion in the skin. It also helps to move toxins and waste from the lymph nodes, which is detoxify and helps with the appearance of the skin as it removes dead skin cells and replenishes them.
- Massage: Helps move water retention away. It also helps to move toxins and waste from the lymph nodes, which is detoxifying and helps with the appearance of the skin as it removes dead skin cells and replenishes them, also helping to soothe the muscles. It’s important to drink lots of water after a massage, to flush out all the toxins from the body.
- Exercise: We all know moving does wonders to our body from both a mental to physical point of view. No excuses – even a light walk helps to get rid of the appearance of cellulite.
- Stay Hydrated: Drinking water gets everything moving, so make sure you’re drinking at least 1.5 to 2 liters a day.
- Salon Treatments: Some salons also offer treatments for cellulite like deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage massage, vacuum suction styled treatments and G5 massage.
Things to Avoid
Obvious things like processed foods, excess salt, alcohol, sugar, unhealthy fatty foods, caffeine, smoking etc. should all be avoided in the ‘fight’ against cellulite.
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Lucy, CIBTAC accredited beauty therapist.
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