Women all over the world dread the day when they will first discover cellulite. The problem is often associated with being overweight, but the reality is that anyone can get cellulite – even the slimmest of catwalk models! In actual fact, figures suggest that 80% of women get some degree of cellulite during their lifetime.
Cellulite is caused by fatty deposits underneath the skin. It tends to appear on the thighs and buttocks, giving the skin a lumpy, dimpled appearance. You might also hear it referred to as ‘orange peel syndrome’ or ‘cottage cheese skin’.
No-one really understands how or why cellulite forms, but possible explanations include hormonal factors, genetics, diet, lifestyle factors – such as smoking and lack of exercise – and even too-tight clothing.
What Can I Do About My Cellulite?
If you’re overweight, the best way to deal with cellulite is to shed a few pounds. Why not take a look at our guides to weight loss and find out how to improve your diet and increase your exercise levels? These two steps form the basis of any good weight loss regime, but you may also want to consider using a weight loss supplement to help you on your way to a slimmer, cellulite-free body.
Other therapies that may help to tackle cellulite include:
- Massages – professional massages can help to puff up the skin and improve circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite
- Body brushing – use a firm body brush every day before showering, brushing in long strokes towards the heart to stimulate the lymphatic system and achieve dimple-free skin
- Cellulite creams – these may help to improve the smoothness of your skin, but many of the benefits are due to the massaging of the cream into the skin, rather than the cream itself
- Retinol cream – a twice-daily application can improve the appearance of cellulite after six months, according to the Mayo Clinic
- Radiofrequency therapy – painless radiofrequency is used to break down pockets of fat, offering improvements after a series of treatments that last for up to six months
- Endermologie – this salon treatment is based on deep tissue massage and works by stimulating fat cells and eliminating stubborn fat reserves. Multiple treatments are needed but most women notice an improvement
- L-lysine – said by some experts to reduce cellulite. However, the University of Maryland Medical Center says there is no scientific evidence supporting the amino acid’s ability to reduce cellulite
- Ginkgo biloba – a common ingredient in many anti-cellulite creams, as it is a natural blood thinner and may increase the microcirculation to skin and fat cells
- Green tea – said to remove toxins, which some believe to be the cause of cellulite. Green tea also contains theobromine, which stimulates the release of stored fats in the body