Cellulite affects women everywhere – no matter what size they are. Present in about 98% of women, even those with a low BMI, it’s a problem that has led to the growth of a multi-million pound industry.
But what causes its dimply, orange peel appearance? And can it be successfully banished? We take a look at the unsightly issue of cellulite and give you the facts about its treatment – read on to find out how to have smooth skin that you want to show off.
What is cellulite?
The easiest way to explain cellulite is to equate it to upholstery.
Cellulite is pillow-like fat that’s attached to the skin by fibrous bands called septae. In women, these bands pull straight down, much like buttons on a cushion, causing dimples in the fatty tissue.
In men, these bands pull at angles, and are usually disguised. Men also have thicker skin than women which can also help mask any issues.
Can cellulite be prevented?
Cellulite is often hereditary, and forms in areas with the least circulation. It can be brought on by weight gain or loss, a change in the metabolism, and by hormones such as oestrogen. Whilst it can’t be prevented completely, you can minimise its appearance.
The best way to prevent large areas of cellulite from accumulating is to cut down on refined and processed foods that contain sweeteners, additives and chemicals, as well as dairy, high sugar and high fat products.
Exercises to get rid of cellulite
Everyday exercises such as body brushing can help with cellulite if used consistently. The best cardiovascular exercises to shift cellulite include running, swimming and brisk walking, as these increase blood circulation and loosen fatty tissue from stubborn areas.
How to get smooth skin
There are a number of products available that can help to improve the appearance of cellulite. The key ingredients that you should look out for are Centella Asiatica, Ginko Biloba and Methyl Nicotinate. These ingredients work by increasing blood flow, delivering potent antioxidants, reducing inflammation and acting as a diuretic which can help the drainage of liquid and toxins.
For best results with these products, apply them immediately after exercise when your metabolism and blood circulation are stimulated as they will be better absorbed and their active ingredients will be stimulated.
Procedures to get rid of cellulite
Velashape™ is a procedure that combines the use of infrared light, bi-polar frequency energy and a vacuum to heat fat cells and their surrounding connective tissue to stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin in the skin.
The procedure results in an overall improvement in skin texture and structure with noticeable reshaping of the treated area. It specifically targets cellulite while procedures such as laserlipolysis and cryolipolysis target fat reduction in general.
For more information on any of these procedures, please get in touch with one of our experts.
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