Cellulite is a force to be reckoned with – an often confidence-destroying aspect of life many women have to deal with. But what exactly is it and how can we go about reducing it?
What is it?
Cellulite refers to the dimpled, lumpy appearance of the skin that can occur on the hips, thighs, stomach, buttocks and backs of the arms. Also known as ‘orange-peel’, cellulite is formed by fat pushing against connective tissue underneath the skin in areas of poor blood and lymphatic circulation.
Around 90% of women are thought to suffer from it, but while some may have very slight dimpling that occurs spontaneously, others may have permanently visible problem areas. Common causes include genetics, hormones, dehydration, lack of exercise, drinking caffeine, smoking and poor diet.
How do you fight it?
Regular massaging helps to increase circulation and break down pockets of fluid retention. Try body brushing and smoothing in a cellulite-based cream into problem areas on a regular basis. Body brushing in particular can reduce minor symptoms of cellulite by removing dead skin cells and promoting movement of lymph vessels.
We recommend Bliss’s Slimulator (£16.50).
Use toning ingredients
Cellulite creams that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), such as citric or glycolic acids, are considered among the best ingredients for improving the appearance of cellulite. These slough off the top layer of skin cells and increase the thickness of deeper skin layers to give a smoother, firmer appearance. Caffeine-based products such as Etat Pur Pure Active A90 (£11.70) in particular can help stimulate blood flow and tighten the skin.
We recommend applying the cream twice daily, and preferably after a warm shower when your pores are open to ensure deep penetration.
Exercise is a guaranteed way to reduce cellulite as it helps to burn fat. Combining aerobic exercise such as running and swimming with resistance training (concentrating on problem areas) will help to increase blood circulation and create toned muscles to help bumpy areas look more even.
Ditch the fatty foods
It’s a no brainer – decreasing fatty deposits under the skin means decreasing fatty food intake. Swap refined carbohydrates, white bread and pasta for wholegrain options and opt for leaner white meats such as turkey and chicken instead of beef and lamb.
Endermologie cellulite treatment
Endermologie treatment reduces orange peel by mechanical means – using massages, rolling and manipulation of the tissues. Although it cannot completely get rid of cellulite, it can massively improve the appearance of those lumps and bumps. To find out more about the treatment and where to find a beautician near you who offers it, check out our endermologie (cellulite treatment) page.
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