What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a term used to describe the dimpled surface appearance of skin that occurs in 80%-90% of post-pubertal females, as well as a growing percentage of males. It tends to present in the pelvic region, thighs and abdomen and doesn’t necessarily respond to diet and exercise, no matter how strict
Why does cellulite appear?
Cellulite results from a build up of fat in the adipose tissue, water retention around the cells, and a hardening and pulling effect of the fibrous bands of tissue called ‘septa’ that hold the fat cells in place. As the normally elastic septa harden and shorten, they bear down on the fat cells they are containing, forcing them to push upwards through the gaps. This is what causes cellulite’s ‘orange peel’ effect.
The process is self-perpetuating because blood circulation is then slowed down, causing stagnation of metabolic waste – thus worsening the dimpling effect.
What factors contribute to the build up of cellulite?
Hormonal factors (evident in that pre-pubescent women do not suffer the condition), genetic factors (you may be genetically pre-disposed to store fat in particular areas of the body), diet and lifestyle (the body stores toxins in fat cells so the more toxic the lifestyle, the more likely the development of cellulite).
I heard that caffeine is good for cellulite, is this true?
While the topical effects of caffeine can increase circulation and cosmetically firm the skin; caffeine ingested (ie drinking coffee or Coca Cola) acts as a diuretic, easily dehydrating the body, and is processed by the liver as a toxic substance.
How can I get rid of cellulite?
Diet and exercise alone do not combat cellulite, as all the contributing factors need to be addressed; and these particular fat cells reside quite superficially, whereas the fat the body burns as energy resides much deeper below the surface of the skin.
Eliminating toxins from your body has shown to have positive effects on the reduction of cellulite; as has an increase in water intake as it helps to flush things out of our systems.
Massage, exfoliation and dry body brushing will help improve circulation in the area and improve the skin tone and texture, which can lessen the aesthetic appearance.
A clinical approach to cellulite reduction is Endermologie or Lipomassage.
Endermologie and cellulite
Endermologie, or Lipomassage, is an effective method of reducing the appearance of cellulite. The full body mechanical massage treatment works to:
Endermologie for anti-aging
Suitable for all ages, Endermologie is particularly useful against the effects of aging. As the years pass, circulatory problems tend to get worse, cellulite takes hold and the body loses its firmness and elasticity. By restarting the local microcirculation, the Cellu M6 Keymodule improves cell exchanges, the skin’s appearance and tissue tone.
Endermologie compliments your fitness regime (see our Blog for celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson’s endorsement of the use of Endermologie/Lipomassage), and helps reshape your body faster and more effectively.
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