The old theory was that cellulite was caused by toxins building up under the skin but that’s probably not true. It’s more likely to be the result of poor skin structure, causing the fibre to split. This means fat and yes, possibly toxins squish out through the holes in the fibres creating that lumpy effect. In other words, your bottom is rather like and old mattress with the stuffing sticking out!
Chances are the problem is genetic and lies with the x- chromosome (only women have this which would explain why men don’t get cellulite). While all this may mean cellulite isn’t your fault, reducing its appearance is within your control.
Here is a list of top 10 ways to control and manage cellulite.
BODY BRUSHING :
Some experts claim, this is the key to total cellulite removal, saying, it helps speed up the lymph system to remove toxins from the body. Of course, it depends on the whole cellulite/toxins theory, but as an active lymphatic system helps improve your skin anyway there’s no harm in trying it. For the best results dampen your skin then use a firm – bristled brush to stroke each limb briskly in the direction of the heart. Do this twice daily, but be careful- applying perfumed products directly afterwards can irritate. Wait at least half an hour before using any products. To learn more about Skin Brushing,click here.
Many different eating plans claim to beat cellulite but there’s no miracle cure – eating watermelon for three days won’t make your thighs dimple – free.
Instead the best anti- cellulite diet is rich in, fruit and vegetables. It’s low in fat (about 25 per cent of your daily calories should come from fat – that’s around 50 grams a day). It’s low in toxins like, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Drink, at least two liters of water a day. Choose protein wisely. Avoid-red meat. Opt for chicken, or best of all, fish. Limit eggs. Limit sugar, salt and spices. Substitute with herbs and seeds. Give up smoking– it hampers circulation. Well-cooked pulses such as lentils, mung beans, red kidney beans are good sources of fibre.
Not only does exercise, burn the excess fat that can cause cellulite, it also increase blood flow to the surface of the skin and this plumps the skin making it less noticeable. For the best results you need to do 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise, five or six times a week. Weights also help as they firm the muscles under the skin which helps disguise cellulite. You should notice an improvement in six to 12 weeks.
Massage is supposed to speed out the circulation by kneading the cellulite areas, and is also supposed to help break down toxins and fat. Certainly the, only approved treatment for cellulite (entomology) use rollers to squish and squash the skin, though the pressure used is more intense than you’ll ever manage on your own. If you have the time, try it. Using your moisturizer a cellulite cream or detoxifying massage oil, spend five to ten minutes on each area rubbing, rolling and pressing the cellulite.
The most important ingredients in cellulite creams now are those called phosphodiesterase inhibitors. In plain simple english these stop production of the enzyme that leads to fat storage in our body and so cause the dimples to shrink. Many ingredients have this effect including, caffeine aminophylline theophylline, kola nut and guarana. Along side these are ingredients like, menthol or butcher’s broom which helps dilate blood vessels increasing circulation in the area- gingko, biloba which is said to firm the skin and lemon and fennel which helps detox the body and repair skin. Apply the cream two hours after eating or one hour before meal. Your body will only burn fat when it has none in the bloodstream.
Whatever happens, don’t expect any improvements for six to eight weeks and don’t expect the cellulite to disappear completely the creams only, ever promise to reduce it.
Plumped out skin shows cellulite less, than dehydrated skin, so it’s a good idea to incorporate body lotion application into your daily regime.
Cellulite gets worse, as collagen and elastin levels decrease in the body. Making a regular use of sun protection will slow, that decrease and add moisture, too.
The darker your skin, the less noticeable cellulite will be, as the shadows caused by the dimpling will be less obvious. Also read, Tanning: for a natural golden appearance.
SALON TREATMENTS :
Cellulite treatment offered at salons includes, a list of body wraps, ultrasound and electrotherapy.
Body wrap treatments may include exfoliation, pressure-points massage with algae or clay based creams or gels, plus a firming seaweed body mask that targets hips and thighs. Five to eight treatments are recommended.
Ultrasound, on the other hand is a medical method of breaking down fatty deposits, kidney and gallstone. Sound waves penetrate tissue, causing fat cells to oscillate a million times per second. The mini-internal massage breaks down fat ready for removal by the lymph. Although, noticeable results are claimed after three treatment, but 10-12 are recommended.
Electrotherapy involves the use of two types of electric pulse (Faradic and galvanic), which can be used individually or combined to tone tissue and help break down cellulite. In case of Faradic current, electrodes sheathed in fabric or plastic pads are strapped to the muscles. When impulses are sent to the electrodes, the muscles automatically contract. In this way the muscles are progressively toned. The Galvanic current on the other hand, alters the skin’s resistance barrier and pushes moisturizing and fat-dissolving treatment formulas in deeper. Metal probes or rollers move gently over the skin’s surface, spreading the current along with the cream. Micro-current in form of galvanic current is used to tone flabby skin and leave it looking smooth, plump and “lifted.”
CLINICAL SOLUTIONS :
If you have tried everything and the cellulite still won’t shift, cosmetic surgery may be the solution. Shed some weight first if you need to-for there are no couch potato’s substitute for sane body maintenance. Results will vary individually and nor are they permanent.
Cellulolipolysis- Under this treatment, electrolysis-type needles are inserted just under the skin and attached to the electrodes. Weak electric current forces fat cells to burn energy by sheer resistance. Some bruising is inevitable due to needles. This has to done under strict medical conditions.
Mesotherapy– Air pressure and tiny sub-skin introduce droplets of thyroid-mimicking drugs (such asamino-phylline, enzymes, and vasodilators) to remind fat cells to burn energy. Circulation and lymph is also boosted. 10-15 sessions are recommended.
Liposuction– This is the final and most permanent solution to cellulite. A Cannula is inserted deep into the skin and the fat is sucked out. Up to 2.5 litres can be removed in one session. The surgeon move the cannula vigorously back and forth, and from side to side to generalize the suction and prevent furrowing- the technique’s greatest drawback. Fat reduction is obviously immediate, but it takes almost a year for the area to settle and show final results.
Finally, strengthening the skin fibres, plumping the skin’s surfaces and breaking down the stubborn fat and toxins deposits, can help minimize the look of cellulite.