When you look at early paintings, you’ll see that the female figure was less toned, more round and broader, than the women in today’s artworks. Cellulite never used to be a problem. In fact it was considered feminine and nobody tried to get rid if it. They wanted to capture it in paintings not hide it.
Cellulite isn’t a condition that is dangerous or life threatening in any way, but it can be an indication that you need to make a few lifestyle changes. Before you can treat cellulite you need to know what it is and what causes it.
Cellulite is something that occurs mostly in women but it does happen rarely that a very small percentage of men also struggle with it. It’s normally men in an androgen-deficient state and men given estrogen to treat prostate cancer. The reason for this is that men’s fat configuration is different to that of a women. Women’s fat cells are stored in vertical chambers underneath the skin and connective tissue, these cells protrude a little and that’s why it’s so visible. Men’s fat cells are stored in more diagonal type compartments, so the compartments actually support the fat cells.
There are 2 different types of cellulite – hard cellulite and soft cellulite. Soft cellulite is new and only visible when the skin is compressed, and it can sometimes be sensitive. Hard cellulite dimples are almost always visible, but not sensitive anymore.
Cellulite will usually be found on the buttocks, inner, upper and back of the thighs and the hip area. The reason for this is because the lipoprotein lipase, the enzyme that plays a role in fat distribution, tends to be more concentrated in these areas. In some cases it can also be found on the stomach, back (below the shoulders), the back and inside of upper arms and on the calves and ankles.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite, also known as orange peel skin, is caused by a number of contributing factors which includes the following:
- Gender: Cellulite has a strong relationship with estrogen, which is why you will see it in 90% of women. Cellulite can start to appear at any time after puberty, during pregnancy and when breast feeding. Women going through menopause and using hormone tablets will most likely also have cellulite.
- Genetics: If you want to know what your chances are to get cellulite and how severe it will be, your best indication will be to take a look at your mother and grandmother.
- Age: There are no specific ages when cellulite will start to develop. There can be signs of cellulite as young as 15 years old and other women only experience it after menopause. As we age the skin gets thinner, become less elastic and collagen production will decrease, which makes the skin less firm and therefore cellulite more visible. Our bodies also become less efficient in removing waist products.
- Hormones: The following hormones are believed to contribute to cellulite: estrogen, insulin, thyroid hormones, prolactin, nora-adrenaline and catecholamines adrenalin.
- Products: Any products containing stimulants increases your cellulite problem, it causes toxins to build up in the body. Slimming products are the worst; most of them contain stimulants, which cause toxins that the body can’t get rid of. People aren’t always aware of this, they just think that it’s an easy way to get into shape, but they don’t realize that it can actually, cause or worsen their cellulite problem.
- Weight: You don’t need to be overweight to have cellulite, lots of very skinny women struggles with cellulite. This is an increased problem caused by the combination of: accumulation of toxins, poor blood and lymphatic circulation and adipose cells. Cellulite is much more visible when you are overweight.
Losing wait won’t fix the problem, because the adipose chambers (area where excess fat and toxins are stored.) won’t just disappear. The fat cells are still pushing up against the skin, so doing a quick diet will actually make it more prominent.
Poor Blood Circulation: If the blood and Lymphatic drainage isn’t working the way it should be, toxins won’t be removed out of the system.
Poor diet: Cellulite doesn’t mean that you are eating too much, you might just be eating foods that first attacks the liver .Any type of indigestible food like, fatty pork, stews, alcoholic drinks and fried foods are much more difficult to digest, this is then stored in the body.
Lack of exercise: Lack of exercise means a lack of good blood circulation, even light exercise will improve you blood circulation.
Stress: Prolonged stress causes the body to secrete adrenalin; this put’s the body in a “fight or flight mode” which in turn causes the skin to degenerate because it doesn’t receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen. This interferes with the lymphatic drainage, which can lead to cellulite build up.
Smoking: Because smoking damages the skin’s connective tissue, cellulite will be much more visible.
Cellulite, also known as orange peel skin can be treated.
Lifestyle: This is normally the culprit when it comes to cellulite, a healthy lifestyle is the best insurance that you have in preventing and reducing cellulite.
Diet: This does not mean that you need to go on a diet, or starve yourself, always opt for healthy food and cut down on toxins. Cut down on refined and processed foods, artificial foods that contain sweeteners, additives and chemicals, diary and high fat products, sugar and high sugar products. Eat more apples, toxins are very acidic, but apples are not, so they balance the ph of the toxins. Try to stick to organic foods. They contain pectin; it is a soluble fiber that helps with detoxification. Pears, bananas, citrus fruit, carrots and cabbage contain pectin as well.
Cellulite always looks better when the skin’s connective tissue is strong and healthy. To keep the connective tissue strong you need to eat anti-oxidant rich foods such as: strawberries, broccoli, peas, tomatoes and oranges.
Rather go for fresh fruit and raw vegetables, over processed foods are packed with additives and preservatives. Garlic and onions will help to strengthen the immune system, cleansing the blood and lymph of toxins and by doing this, taking pressure of the lymphatic system
Detox Diet: A detox diet won’t immediately take away the cellulite, but because cellulite is caused by toxins it’s not a bad idea to start with this.
Breathing: Besides the fact that we need oxygen to survive, proper breathing will help with better removal of toxins since the lungs is a big part of the removal system
Exercise: In order for your body to work properly you need good blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. Exercise won’t take away cellulite, but it will definitely improve the appearance, by improving the muscle tone and blood circulation in the area. You don’t have to exercise all day long, but any type of exercise will be beneficial to your body and health. Good posture also increases blood circulation.
Water: It’s very important to keep well hydrated. Water helps to maintain the body and help with the bodily functions, but don’t drink too much. Too much water can flush very important electrilights out of your system.
Massage: There are a lot of different massages that can reduce the appearance of cellulite; the reason why massages are effective is because it stimulates the blood circulation in that area. Improved blood circulation means improved removal of toxins
Remember your vitamins: Vit A, Vit C, Vit E and selenium has been proven to reduce cellulite.
Relaxation: Most of us don’t have lot of time to relax, but it is worth making time for it, because this is when you body regenerating itself. This is another reason why a massage can do wonders for you health and body.
Tight clothes: Don’t wear clothes that are to tight. It restricts the blood flow, and toxin won’t be removed.
Dry body brushing: This will stimulate the blood circulation and get more oxygen to the area. It will also remove the dead skin cells which will help the product to penetrate if you should choose to use a cream.
Avoid painkillers: They will only add to the toxin overload in your body.
Alternative treatments: Aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, meditation (stress causes adrenaline to release, this will direct the blood flow away from the skin, where you actually want it to reduce cellulite, relaxing will normalize this) and herbal medicine. At the end all of these treatments are aimed at improving blood circulation and relaxation.
Ingredients: There are a few ingredients that reduce cellulite from the outside; most of these stimulate blood circulation. Because these products are applied topically they sometimes tend to irritate the skin a bit, you might feel a burning and itching sensation which will become less and less as your skin gets used to it. The following are a few of the ingredients: Caffeine (used in most cellulite creams. It is a wonderful product when applied to the skin, but taking it in coffee, tea, chocolate and fizzy drinks can actually make cellulite worse, it directly effects the lymphatic system because it causes small blood vessels to constrict), Rosemary, Black pepper, Geranium, Fennel, and all citrus oils of which grapefruit are the most effective.
Surgical and machine treatments
Surgery is always supposed to be your last option in any situation. As with any cosmetic surgery you need to be completely fit and healthy before you can consider any procedures. Surgery is very costly, you need to consider the recovery time. There is always the chance of scarring or the cellulite may appear even worse, because treatments like liposuction only remove fat and not cellulite. The biggest risk with surgery is always infections and organ failure. Machine treatments that works with electric currents stimulates blood circulation will give a big I improvement, but it is only temporary and they are very costly. This can’t really be compared to a healthy lifestyle which will give you a lasting effect and improved health.
The quickest way to get rid of cellulite is to disguise it; cellulite is much harder to see on a darker/tanned skin. Nobody is telling you to go and lie in the sun and cause long term damage to the skin. But if you have a special occasion where you want to put your best foot forward, a little bit of fake tan can make a big difference……a cold shower first thing in the morning will boost your blood- and lymph circulation.