Is one of your body complaints cellulite? Don't worry you are not alone. Nearly 90% of women, including slim ladies at some point in their lives get cellulite.
Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibres, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms and stomachs). Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat and poor circulation.
Women often carry more fat around their hips and thighs. We also have less supportive connective tissue to keep it all in place.
Hormones seem to play a role in the appearance of cellulite. As women age, their bodies produce less oestrogen which is the hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. Less oestrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also result a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
Ways to Combat Cellulite
Regular exercise cannot cure cellulite, but in many cases it can help prevent or reduce its appearance. Cellulite occurs when connective fibres underneath the skin become weak or lose their elasticity, but stretching and strengthening those areas (in addition to burning away excess fat overall) can help.
Staying hydrated, both by drinking water and by eating plenty of foods with a high water content will help keep your connective tissue strong and supple, and may even help you slim down. Aim to eat more cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, and bell capsicums, which (along with many other fruits and vegetables) are all more than 90% water. Drinking the Miss Vitality Clean Tea or Centella Weightloss and Wellbeing Tonic, is also a great way to flush away toxins while improving hydration levels.
Cigarette smoke has been shown to reduce blood vessel flow and to weaken and disrupt the formation of collagen. This allows for the connective tissue to become stretched and damaged more easily and for underlying fat to show through.
When looking for a topical treatment it is important to make sure they contain active ingredients which are results driven. Time Out Beauty stocks active products which directly target cellulite:
Centella is a medical grade organic skincare range that works directly into the areas that require attention. There are two products that will help the appearance of cellulite.
Dermic Solution acts as a transporter to the Figure Gel. Used in conjunction with one another, the treatment will be effective. The Dermic solution’s active ingredient stimulates muscle tone and regenerates connective tissue. The Ivy extract in the Dermic Solution removes waste and toxins which in turn will release fatty deposits.
The Dermic Solution warms up the area of concern, therefore, when you apply the Figure Gel immediately after the Dermic Solution, it will penetrate directly into the fatty deposits. The Figure Gel acts to fight the appearance of “orange peel” and cellulite. With ingredients such as Horse Chestnut it works to promote lymphatic drainage and increase circulation and blood flow. Ivy Extract will break down areas of excess fatty tissue and flush away toxins and cellulite.
Cellutite Body is a firming and contouring gel which is designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth out dimpled skin. The key ingredient is Actiporine which results in improving firmness and visibly reducing the appearance of dimpled skin. The caffeine in this gel releases sodium from fat cells causing them to dehydrate and shrink. The caffeine also increases blood flow and is also a powerful antioxidant which will help repair free radical damage.
Waterlily uses transdermal plant based active ingredients to stimulate the lymphatic system to gently yet effectively detoxify and resurface the skin.
The Marine Nutrient Body Collection is rich in naturally occurring sea algae including kelp, spirulina and sea fucus to purify while nourishing and strengthening skin tone by activating circulation.
The Marine based body collection is boosted with a therapeutic concentrate of pure cypress, geranium, white grapefruit and lemon essential oils. These are known diuretic and detoxifying oils that assist to reduce fluid retention, activate and boost sluggish lymph function and effectively tone, revitalise and tighten skin. Michelle Reeves formulator of Waterlily products suggests weekly body treatments in line with a cellulite action plan (try the Purifying Marine Body Wrap Ritual at a Waterlily spa partner) and then using the Marine Nutrient Collection daily to target problem areas.
The collection consists of the following products:
So now we can see how we can prevent and reduce cellulite. The key factors are to do regular exercise to improve blood flow, increase water content and stay hydrated. Lastly use a result driven treatment gel daily. The products mentioned above have been clinically proven to reduce cellulite and generally improve the texture and condition of the skin.
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