So you are one of the millions out there who is desperately trying to find a cure for the dreaded cellulite. Cellulite affects up to 90% of women and 10% of men at some point in their lives. While cellulite is not contagious or harmful to a person’s health, most consider it unflattering. According to Doctors there is no permanent fix for cellulite. If you are predisposed to cellulite, it will probably always come back, no matter what treatment you do, but you can minimise it, and can have short term fixes, and in this post I am going to give you 6 ways to get rid of cellulite.
What is cellulite
So what is cellulite you ask …..? Cellulite is a name given to the appearance of lumps and dimples in the skin. Also known as “orange peel skin” or “cottage cheese skin”! (lol its no wonder we have a negative feeling about it) Cellulite is more often found in the thighs and buttocks, but can also be found in the lower abdomen and upper arms.
Just to try and explain it a little better and I guess more scientifically and to help understand some terminology that I use further in the post –
The outer layer of our skin is known as the Epidermis, and under that layer is the dermis. The next layer underneath the dermis is the first of two layers of the subcutaneous and it is in the first layer of the subcutaneous where cellulite is found. Cellulite is caused by small protrusions of fat into the dermis. So the alteration of the subcutaneous fat protruding into the dermis, gives the skin the bumpy appearance referred to as cellulite and added to this theory, is that it’s a result of the weakening in connective tissue bands in the dermis that allows the fat protrusions to occur.
It also seems to be found more in women than men as men have thicker Epidermis and dermis tissue layers.
Genetics can be a factor, although it is unclear for sure if they play a role in it. Genes passed down through the generations may predispose someone to cellulite production. There are also factors such as gender, race, metabolism and distribution of fat are believed to play a role in the development of cellulite.
A study back in 2010 published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology claims that two specific polymorphisms (genetic variations) were present in test subjects who had cellulite. Since then, research has progressed to the point that a genetic test is available that identifies a gene variant responsible for moderate to severe cellulite development. (I’m not sure you would go out of your way to have a DNA test to see if you are going to develop cellulite… would you?)
Smoking is another cause of cellulite. Smoking reduces blood vessel flow and weakens collage and connective tissues hence reducing the elasticity which increases the visibility of cellulite.
Diet and Lifestyle factors can be a cause for cellulite. Eating too much fat, Sugar, carbohydrates, and also too much salt. Start drinking more water, eating fresh vegetables and fruit. Also, sedentary lifestyles, sitting down for long periods of time, or standing for long periods of time can cause cellulite.
As I mentioned earlier there’s no permanent fix, no matter how invasive, or expensive, a procedure is, but there are plenty of things you can do to minimise cellulite without the help of expensive medical treatments. I will go through a couple of procedures you can get, which will give you a longer term fix, and then go through a couple of home remedy treatments too.
Cellfina is thought to be the best option for longer-term, dimple-free skin and can last for two or more years, the longest known so far. It works by changing the underlying structure that causes cellulite by breaking the fibrous tissue bands pulling on the skin. A clinical study reported 96% satisfaction after two years and no evidence of cellulite returning. Pain was reported to be moderate, consistent with other cosmetic procedures.
Laser Treatment which is where they insert a very small laser probe under the skin and the laser breaks up the tissue, it also thickens the skin by increasing collagen production, therefore reducing the appearance of cellulite. This can last for a year or so.
Liposuction Injectables – Phosphatidycholine is an injectable intervention into the subcontaneous tissue, which breaks down the fat and shrinks the fat cells which in turn improves the appearance of cellulite. No scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of these treatments though.
Massage Deep tissue massage is done to enhance the removal of accumulated fluid in the dermis. This is really just a temporary solution in reducing the appearance of the dimpling and short term effect.
Topical Creams There are loads of creams and lotions out there in the market and unless the cream/lotion/serum penetrates the skin and dermis to reach the target fat then its probably a waste of money. A tip for when looking at the ingredients of a cream or lotion, caffeine is good for dehydrating the cells and making them less visible. Also Retinol, as retinol reduces the appearance of cellulite by thickening the skin. For a fast temporary fix when you’re exposing skin, try applying Modere’s Cellproof Body Firming Foam (your new BFF). I have and still do use this product, and when I first saw photo’s of others before and afters I was pretty skeptical until I tried it and I am totally sold on this. I will add some links below too.
Diet & Lifestyle Changing your diet could be your first step towards reducing cellulite. Cut down or cut out sugar is a must. Sugar is shown to accelerate the deterioration of collagen. Sugar is one part glucose and one part fructose, which is concerted directly into fat. Then there is salt, salt makes your body hold on to fluid in the fat cells and tissue, which creates this puckered look, and is one of the main causes of that rippling effect. So do your best to minimise your salt intake.
Refined carbs, is another one to try and cut out or minimise. Refined carbs have been stripped of the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they are quickly digested into simple sugars. We all know that water is excellent for us, and its no difference when trying to rid your body of cellulite, up your water in take, and flush out those toxins in your body.
Exercise…. moving your body regularly is a must to help with the removal of cellulite. Regular cardio and strength training will tone the muscle and decrease the appearance of cellulite.
Even though there’s no simple solution or miracle product for smoother skin right now, there are a few good creams and lotions on the market which help short term. It also doesn’t mean you can’t feel more confident in your body, cellulite or not. Most of us have it, whether we are fat, thin or otherwise! Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle will always make you look and feel better. Making cellulite less noticeable is just an added bonus.
Have a wonderful day & chat soon