How many times have we tried to get rid of cellulite? Diets, massages, treatments and cellulite still exist! But what exactly is cellulite and how we can diminish it?
Cellulite is primarily a "female" phenomenon. According to evidence, 9 out of 10 women will have cellulite, while in men happens more rarely. Cellulite is a skin condition that reminds of orange peel. Fibers of connective tissue lose their elasticity while fat is deposited between skin and subcutaneous tissue. The most common characteristic of cellulite is poor lymphatic circulation which is obvious because of water retention. Common body parts with cellulite are thighs, buttocks, arms and belly.
Stages and types of cellulite
Cellulite is created gradually and usually occurs in postpubescent females. Initially it is not visible unless you apply pressure to the affected area. It exists mainly in areas where there is fat accumulation, without necessarily implying that the person has extra weight. That is why cellulite also appears in lean individuals (localized cellulitis).
The next level is the well-known "orange peel syndrome". It is when cellulite is visible in standing position, without applying any pressure on the skin. If the deposition of fat and weight is large (obesity) then, the third and final stage is when cellulite is evident even from lying position (generalized cellulite). At this stage, cellulite may be painful and therapy is relatively difficult.
Although the reasons of having cellulite are not well known, main contributing factors are:
- Poor nutrition
- Reduced physical activity
- Hormonal disorders
- Bad blood and lymph circulation
Cellulite treatment is one of the most difficult issues. There is no way that can be totally eliminated, so the first and foremost concern is either prevention or non-deterioration. As causes of cellulite are multifactorial, same should be treatment.
There are no foods that create or eliminate cellulite. However, a balanced diet plays a very crucial role in prevention. Fruits, vegetables, rich in antioxidant vitamins and fibers and omega fatty acids should have a place in our daily diet. Very important also is water consumption in order to ensure hydration. Tip! Reduce animal proteins, simple sugars and alcohol consumption.
Anti-cellulite creams, gels and oils
Application of specific cosmetic products in the affected area can significantly improve the undesired appearance of cellulite. Most commercial creams contain substances that:
- Stimulate blood circulation, thus ensuring better circulation of lymph
- Reduce fluid retention, helping to reduce swelling and puffiness locally
- Strengthen skin’s layers
- Assist fat burning through massage and improvement of local microcirculation
Substances and herbs that have been found to help reduce cellulite and usually exist in cosmetic products are caffeine, mud from alga, retinol, ginger, black pepper, green tea and several herb oils.
Cosmetic products that help reduce cellulite are:
- Guam mud from alga
- Weleda products with birch
- Lanes Kcaligram Day Night and Body Slimming cream
- Vichy CelluDestock products
- Somatoline Total Body Gel Minceur Tonifiant
- Lierac Body Slim products
- Αpivita Rose Pepper products
- Nanobionic Ultra Slimming Body Gel
- Power Health Size One Celluless
The lymphatic massage is intended to improve circulation of lymph in order to reduce local water retention and accumulation of toxins. It invigorates muscles and tones the skin while also improves the elasticity of connective tissue.
In addition to diet, also lifestyle seems to affect the appearance of cellulite. Reduced physical activity and sedentary lifestyle significantly increases the likelihood of having cellulite. Regular exercise causes stimulation of blood circulation, strengthens connective tissue, so cellulite is reduced and gradually there is an improvement the skin’s texture and appearance.
In our store you can find a wide variety of cosmetic creams and oils for cellulite.