How Can We Get Rid of Cellulite?
Cellulite. It’s the bane of a woman’s beauty routine and a marketing minefield. With so many products and treatments available promising to rid you of this orange peel-like problem, how do you know what actually works? What actually is cellulite? And how can we get rid of cellulite?
Cellulite happens to us all; it doesn’t matter if you’re underweight, overweight, or a perfect weight. The only thing that completely eradicates cellulite is Photoshop. Even models have it.
Why Do We Get Cellulite?
Cellulite isn’t at all mysterious – it’s just fat. The reason most women get it and most men don’t is in our hormonal make-up. The cellulite appears bumpy because of how it’s stored and pushes against connective tissue, making the skin covering it pucker.
You’re more likely to have cellulite if:
- You crash diet or have a poor diet in general.
- Your metabolism is slow.
- You don’t exercise much or at all.
- You’re dehydrated.
Hormone changes in puberty, pregnancy and menopause can develop or increase the amount of cellulite you have. If you have darker skin, it tends to be less noticeable.
How Can You Treat Cellulite?
Depending on how much cellulite you have and how much it bothers you, you might want to consider trying a treatment designed to remove or reduce it.
You can disguise the look of cellulite up to a point by having a tanning treatment. The darker your skin color, the less the lumps and bumps will show up. So by tanning your skin, you can create an optical illusion of less cellulite. Opt for a self-tanning product or a spray tan in a salon rather than relying on sunbathing. It can damage your skin.
You can try changing the way you eat, increase your water intake, reducing the amount of sodium (salt) you eat, and load up on healthy foods that help your body detoxify naturally, like fibre-rich and whole-grain foods. Exercise and a good diet will work with your body to shrink the size of your fat cells, and if you add in lots of water, it helps the collagen in your skin stay supple, reducing the appearance of cellulite bumps.
Topical Treatments for Cellulite
Many different cellulite products and treatments available have a temporary effect on your skin, reducing the dimples. Most available treatments and products either have a detoxifying element, usually combined with a deep tissue or lymphatic drainage massage, or contain ingredients like caffeine which works by dehydrating fat cells. Body scrubs also help by exfoliating the outer layers of skin, making it appear smoother.
Professional Cellulite Treatments
Some effective salon treatments for cellulite, like Endermologie, have a more long-lasting effect than topically applied treatments and products. Look for specialized treatment if you are really serious about long-term cellulite removal and expect to book a series of sessions before seeing noticeable results. Endermologie involves kneading the skin with a rolling suction device to break the cellulite up under the skin, and at least six sessions are recommended.
The next step along is laser treatment – or radiofrequency (RF) treatment. These treatments combine specialized massage techniques with suction to stimulate collagen production while adding heat, which helps shrink the fat cells (your liver then processes the fat.)
Time to prepare for beach and swimming season. Don’t forget your sunscreen! We also have them for you. And if cellulite is bothering you, talk to your esthetician about ways you can combat it. Give us a call or book for a session, and our licensed esthetician will gladly help you get rid of that stubborn cellulite.
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