Cellulite seems to be one of those problems that bothers so many women and a problem we still haven’t solved. The unevenness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, which leads to changes in texture of the skin. Heredity, skin thickness, gender, age, lifestyle and distribution of body fat, can all influence the extent to which cellulite is present or visible. While cellulite is more common in women than men, men are also affected. Several sources agree that the dimpled appearance of cellulite is caused by an imbalance in the connective tissue and the distribution of fat cells in a person’s body. As mentioned, factors such as hormones, diet, lifestyle and genetics all play a certain role for it but are not supreme.
How to fight cellulite: natural vs conventional way
Main causes of cellulite:
- Poor diet.
- Fad dieting.
- Slow metabolism.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Hormone changes.
- Overall quantity of total body fat and its distribution.
Following you will read and contrast the suggested treatments offered by doctors and natural remedies that “attack” the real cause of cellulite and solve the problem both internally and externally. What are the suggested “treatments” for cellulite? Some of the therapies and treatments that have been promoted by doctors include the following.
Methylxanthines are a group of chemicals that include aminophylline, caffeine and theophyilline (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthine). These chemicals are present in several cellulite creams and promise to cure cellulite because they have the ability to break down fat stores under the skin. Problem: However, skin creams cannot deliver the specific required concentration of these chemicals for the length of time necessary for fat breakdown. While studies have shown a small reduction, they do not promote significant loss of cellulite.
2. Laser therapy:
Laser-therapy devices that combine suction or massage with light therapy might be successful for a temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite. Problem: Laser treatments are very more costly and the treatment must be done regularly in order to keep the work done under control. If you stop them it is just a matter of time until cellulite signs appear again since these do not eliminate it completely.
3. Massage treatments:
Several machines have been introduced in the last years that massage the areas affected by cellulite. These machines use rolling cylinders to gather areas of skin and massage them. They suction pull and squeeze the areas of skin and last between 30-45 minutes. Problem: Usually you may need between 10 to 12 treatments before results are noticeable. You may notice a temporary decrease in the appearance of cellulite however this technique appears to redistribute fat rather than permanently alter its distribution under the skin. Regular maintenance treatments are also required after the initial effect or the cellulite will return.
Collagenase is a naturally-occurring enzyme in the body that breaks down collagen, a component of connective tissue. This is usually used under the form of injections. Problem: Studies have shown small improvements however the long-term effects of these injections are still unknown, and studies did not determine the extent and duration of the improvements. The treatment is considered experimental for the moment.
Many salons offer herbal or body wraps as treatments for cellulite. Wraps may prove more efficient than the methods mentioned above. They are less extravagant, less costly and use natural herbs which may help the appearance of cellulite. These may decrease fluid retention and improve the overall appearance of skin, however these effects are temporary if the main causes are not corrected. Also, it is not possible to “detoxify” the whole body by the use of herbal wraps but only the affected area.
Natural remedies for cellulite
1. Dry Brushing
Research shows skin brushing helps control cellulite by bringing nutrients and oxygen to the outer layer of skin. “Although there are no blood vessels in the epidermis, the dermis is rich with blood vessels, and the epidermis receives nutrients and oxygen supply from the dermis. Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin which will enhance the detoxification process as well. This is something you can do daily. However, do not forget your skin should be dry.
How to: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps and using circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs, then work from the arms toward your chest. Don’t brush too hard because you want to help the skin not irritate it.
Benefits: It promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow which will significantly help you in your fight against cellulite. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins. In my opinion it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for having healthy skin.
2. Increase Omega 3s consumption
Consumption of the wrong kinds of fats will definetaly have an effect and an imbalance of the fatty acids that the body needs for smooth skin and tissue. There is a lot of evidence that consuming enough Omega-3 fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins will help reduce cellulite over time. If you do this you will not only help your cellulite problem but your whole body and immunity system will thank you for that. Personally, I take cod liver oil for skin health in general. During the summer I use it less but in the winter time it is a must for me.
3. Coffee Scrub
Coffee scrubs can also be very beneficial in reducing cellulite. The massage and exfoliation benefits skin in the same way as dry brushing does since it stimulates blood flow and the caffeine has a tightening effect on the skin.
You will need: • 1/4 cup coffee grounds
• 2 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil
Combine the ingredients to create a paste-like consistency. Then massage in to skin for several minutes under the shower using firm pressure and then wash it off. Use 2-3 times a week.
4. Detox Baths
I love detox baths because they are relaxing and helps your body get rid of toxins. Excess fat that contributes to cellulite might be caused by toxic build up and therefore these baths can help tremendously. Personally, I put 3 tablespoons of Epsom salt in my bath and let my skin soak in it for 20 minutes.
5. Moisturize Naturally
Detox baths may help remove toxins that can lead to skin problems. But if you continue adding back toxins to your skin through the use of damaging products it won’t help at all. Try using natural options for skin care and moisturizing. Simple coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer and is worth giving a try. Use it on the affected are every other day.
Exercise, combined with a nutritious diet, may help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Aerobic exercise combined with strength training helps decrease fat, but at the same time it builds and tones muscle, which can help to reduce the pressure on cellulite in the skin. Types of aerobic: running, biking or dancing. Include strength training in your workout at least twice per week as well to tone muscles mass.
Do you have cellulite or ever had before? Have you been able to get rid of it naturally? Share down below!