- Exercise will help tone weak and saggy muscles and help circulation and blood flow to cellulite prone areas.
- Avoid unnecessary medication. Particularly avoid diet pills, pep-pills, sleeping pills, laxatives and diuretic pills.
- Quit smoking. It is important to improve your overall health to get rid of cellulite.
- Try to avoid or reduce stress. Make relaxation part of your daily routine and don’t let stress get on top of you. Consider trying yoga or meditation to help deal with stress in your life.
- Cellulite-Ltd III is a topical skin conditioner that can help you reduce your cellulite. Your happiness is 100% guaranteed for 120 days with Cellulite-Ltd.
Cellulite is a kind of fat tissue in the subcutaneous layer of the skin that contains constricting bands of connective tissue. This connective tissue, which varies in thickness and is laced with fat cells, is held in place by a network of fibers that protects our body, cushioning our muscles and organs; it is surrounded by a liquid that both nourishes it and provides it with an effective waste system. When all is working well in the system, waste products are removed and smooth curves result; when fats, fluids and toxins are trapped deep in the skin (below the epidural layer), however, the connective tissue thickens and hardens, giving a dimpling effect. As we mature, the layer of skin thins, resulting in the rippled appearance of cellulite.
Is there a difference between cellulite and fat? Though everyone has a smooth layer of fat, individual amounts depend on weight, lifestyle and genetics. This fat layer is an insulator for the body and cushions the organs, muscles and nerves. Cellulite, on the other hand, is lumpy and provides no padding whatsoever. It only occurs in certain areas of the body: the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and breasts. When men get cellulite, it tends to be on the neck and abdomen.
Cellulite is not necessarily a factor of body weight. You don’t have to be heavy to have cellulite. Though diet and lifestyle affect cellulite formation, a large part of cellulite is comprised of toxins and fat that builds up in the body, and can affect women of any size, weight and body structure.
The Nurnberger - Muller scale can be used to classify cellulite based on a four-stage process, beginning with normal skin and terminating with its most advanced stage. The stages or degrees of cellulite are as follows:
- Degree 0: Results in no cause of cellulite or apparent visible alterations to the skin surface
- Degree I: Results in no cause of cellulite or apparent visible alterations to the skin surface. Orange peel appearance of the skin becomes visible by the pinch test or muscular contraction.
- Degree II: Results in a visible cause of cellulite. Orange peel appearance of the skin is evident to the naked eye, without the help of any manipulation.
- Degree III: Results in a visible cause of cellulite. Presence of the same alterations as described in degree II with raised areas and nodules.
The history of cellulite is shrouded in contradiction and confusion. The term was coined in 1973, but the condition was first described in-depth by European physicians around the beginning of the 19th Century. It is now believed to affect more than 80% of women in Europe and America.
The orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, and the mattress phenomenon are all terms used to describe cellulite, the lumpy deposits of dimpled fat that plagues the thighs and buttocks of millions of women around the world. However, it is comforting to know that if you do have cellulite you are not alone as nearly all women develop cellulite at some stage in their lives.
Though diet and exercise do help to improve skin tone, many women are still affected by the appearance of dimpled, bumpy fat on the thighs and buttocks known as cellulite. Our bodies need fat (it’s an energy source and an insulator, surrounding and protecting the organs, and it helps us absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K), but too much can be a problem. In women, excess fat is stored in the buttocks, hips and thighs, where most cellulite forms.
“No one definitively knows what causes cellulite,” says Dr. Andrew Kornstein, a New York City plastic surgeon. “There are many theories and many causes, probably working in combination.”
A high-fat diet and a sedentary lifestyle seem to take a lot of the blame. However,recent studies indicate that cellulite has little or nothing to do with the metabolism of fat.
So why do women get cellulite? “Women tend to accumulate fat in their waist, hips and thighs,” says Dr. Katie Rodan, assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Stanford University in California. “That is genetic. In women, these areas of the body are resistant to starvation. The evolutionary reason is that it helps us nurse our children.”
Surprisingly, new research indicates that cellulite may have more to do with the male hormone androgen than with the female hormones. “Cellulite is driven by being female, but there is no evidence that changes in hormones associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, birth-control pills or menopause directly affect it,” says Dr. David MeDaniel, director of the Laser Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach. Interestingly, women with high levels of androgen often do not have cellulite, according to obesity researcher Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. In studies conducted by Dr. F. Nurnberg in the late seventies, men who had some cellulite also had low levels of the male hormone.
It is now believed that enlarged, bulging fat cells play a role, as does poor circulation of fluids in the area. Skin type is also suspect: Loose or thin skin may reveal cellulite more easily. In addition, poorly hydrated skin from low water intake can look doughy, exacerbating the appearance of cellulite.
Another culprit: the fibrous bands between the pockets of fat in cellulite areas. As the skin sags and bulges with excess fat, the inflexible bands pull on the skin and create dimples. “Women have underlying connective tissue in the thigh that predisposes them to show dimpling,” says Rosenbaum. “The fat sits in pockets that look like a honeycomb.” In men, the connective tissue forms a criss-cross pattern and gives more support. “The connective tissues tissues thicken with age,” says Rodan, making cellulite more difficult to get rid of the older you get.
Exercise helps to reduce cellulite because it helps to boost circulation and restore a slim subcutaneous fat layer. Aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate is the best type of anti-cellulite exercise. Even though any exercise can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, not all exercise works in the same way so it is beneficial to use a combination of different types. Try to do at least twenty minutes every day of aerobic exercises, toning and strengthening, lymph boosting exercises or posture exercises. As with any exercise program it is important to start exercising gently, and increase gradually.
Even though any exercise can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, not all exercise works in the same way so it is beneficial to use a combination of different types. Try to do at least twenty minutes every day of aerobic exercises, toning and strengthening, lymph boosting exercises or posture exercises. For best results, combine exercise with other natural cellulite treatment techniques.
Most medical professionals will agree that the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent and cure cellulite and to reduce its appearance is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. For some, this may not seem like an easy option as it involves monitoring what you eat and drink as well as undertaking exercise on a regular basis. Despite the thousands of cellulite potions, lotion, creams products and pills available, very few have actually been scientifically proven to actually work.
Cellulite creams are designed to be rubbed into the areas of cellulite on a daily basis. Cellulite creams contain a variety of ingredients which are supposed to stimulate fat metabolism - for instance xanthines - in laboratory conditions, but recent studies have not shown them to be effective with cellulite. They may also cause an allergic reaction.
Cellulite creams were tested in a double-blind study published in the British Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999. After 12 weeks, only 3 of 17 women reported even slight improvements.
Cellulite-Ltd is not like messy creams or lotions and is invisible on the skin after application.
Cellulite is a condition mainly affecting women. It begins to appear in girls around the age of 14 and increases as we mature and the subcutaneous skin layer thins and redistributes. Cellulite often forms in postnatal women and those who take birth control pills because the waste system can’t get rid of the enormous flow of estrogen in the body. Cellulite can develop after a traumatic injury if the circulatory system has been disturbed. A sedentary lifestyle leads to a hardening of the connective tissue, causing a dimpling of the skin.
Men rarely develop cellulite because their network of fat cells occurs deep in the skin. If you were to look at a map of the female body from the inside out, you would see that the cells are smooth in shape and nearly reach the surface of the skin, causing a dimpling effect. Men’s cells are shaped more sharply and reside deeper in the skin, rarely poking through to cause the ripples we associate with cellulite.
When it comes to a cellulite solution, don’t expect miracles. But by combining good eating and exercise habits with stress reduction smoother body skin can result. An increase in circulation through massage definitely provides an assist. The key to preventing and fighting cellulite is to purify the body with a combination of exercise, a healthy diet, tension reduction and proper circulation.
What you eat and drink will make a difference to the amount of cellulite you have, especially when combined with regular exercise. To help reduce or prevent cellulite forming, avoid processed and refined foods which contain excess salt, sugar or fat. Follow a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes. These high fiber foods help eliminate waste and toxins. Reduce your intake of coffee, tea, sugar, salt and alcohol, all of which create a build up of toxins in the body.
For more recommendations on a healthy, alkaline diet which will benefit your skin, see The Rosacea Diet.