Cellulite is 100 per cent normal and one of the biggest misconceptions is that it is caused because of fat build-up and that it is a body imperfection. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having it and it is simply normal for all women of all shapes and sizes. Cellulite is not a medical issue; it’s purely cosmetic, affecting 80-90% of women. Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas. In this article, we will explain what Cellulite is and some methods used to get rid of it.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition that causes a ripple effect on the skin in areas with underlying fat deposits (most noticeably on the buttocks and thighs). It appears as a result of an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it. The structure of your overlying skin and the underlying connective tissue determines whether a given area is smooth or has the rippled appearance of cellulite. In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite. In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why are less likely to have cellulite than women.
There is a common misconception that only obese women suffer from cellulite. This information is incorrect. Even slim ladies can have this dimpled presence of cellulite in certain body parts such as thigh, hips, and buttocks. Regardless of whether one is thin or fat, cellulite can appear for various reasons. Some of the main reasons are:
- Total body fats
- Poor diet
- Lack of proper exercises
- Hormone changes
- Slow metabolism
- Density and the color of the skin
How to get rid of Cellulite
You cannot get rid of cellulite but you can certainly improve its visual appearance. Because you have some control over the factors that contribute to cellulite you can reduce cellulite’s appearance.
Many of the causing factors have to do with four things:
- Fat stores
- Skin and connective tissue health
Not only can lifestyle modifications help you improve those things, some modifications target a few of them at once.
There is no magic treatment out there but topical treatments work by moisturising the skin and making it more elastic and tighter. The process of applying a cream/gel to the body also encourages self-massage and mild stimulation of the lymphatics. Daily moisturizing will assist in eliminating cellulite from your body, leaving your skin smoother, softer, and better. Regardless of the season, one should have the daily habit of moisturizing the body. Opt for natural ones rather than chemical infused lotions. The best natural moisturizing lotion can be found in coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, it has anti-fungal as well as antibacterial properties. Massaging this oil after a shower will firm the skin, deleting cellulite, if done on a daily basis.
As mentioned above, one promising remedy is massage. This can be done at home or with the help of a professional massage therapist. Massage may reduce cellulite by improving lymphatic drainage. It can also help stretch your skin tissue. This may help stretch out cellulite dimples, too.
There are many treatments in the market usually indicating that there is no perfect solution. However, there are good treatments out there. From non-invasive options, including radiofrequency like BodyFX and manual Lymphatic massage (MLD). Non-invasive treatments such MLD, Endermologie and Velashape 3 help to stimulate the lymphatics through suction and massage but the improvement on the cellulite tend to be temporary unless the treatment is constantly repeated. Velashape 3 leaves some long-lasting effects through its skin tightening.
Minimally invasive treatments
Minimally invasive treatments tend to be more permanent or long-lasting such as Cellulase (laser), Cellfina (a manual technique) and the newer effective CelluTite, by InMode which combines both radio frequency to contract and tighten the tissue (both skin and fat) and subcission to cut through the fibres causing the dimpling effect.
Drink more water
Drinking water is another low-cost option that may help with cellulite. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but water helps encourage circulation and lymphatic flow. Cellulite has toxins in it. Drinking an adequate amount of water per day is sufficient enough to flush out toxins from the body, maintaining a healthy glow, and a stronger immune system.
Weight loss might also help some people with overweight and obesity reduce cellulite. Losing excess body fat may naturally reduce the appearance of cellulite.
However, anyone of any weight can have cellulite. It’s not restricted to just those who are overweight or obese. If you do want to lose weight or tone your muscles, you may find that a healthy diet and exercise can help reduce cellulite on your thighs.
A Diet Enrich In Omega-3
Omega-3 contains fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins that help to build a strong immune system, making the tissues and the skin smooth, eventually reducing cellulite over time. Taking proper portions of Omega-3 daily will result in a cellulite-free body. Salmon contains Omega-3. If you don’t like to take fish, opt for Cod Liver Oil capsules or syrup. One teaspoon daily, or one capsule daily.
A well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle produce a stable hormone. And hormones are important not only to stay fit but also to fight against cellulite. Add colours to your meal. Introduce varieties of vegetables, fresh fruit, lean meat, and fish. Sleep adequately, and drink plenty of water. Exercise properly, and stay anxiety-free. You will gradually and successfully get rid of cellulite.