It’s estimated that 90% of women are affected by cellulite at some point in their lives: young and old, slim and overweight, sporty types and couch potatoes. For most of us, there’s no escaping, the orange peel effect appearing on our buttocks and upper thighs, so let’s dig a bit deeper and find out what are the it’s really all about and to meet some cellulite treatments that really works.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a dimpled, puckering of skin that occurs mostly on buttocks and thighs, but can also appear on our arms, stomach and breasts. It’s not dangerous and has no side effects – it’s a purely cosmetic issue.
Cellulite happens to women of all shapes and sizes, and yes, women are more prone to it than men, because we tend to carry more fat around our hips and thighs. Overweight people are more likely to get cellulite, because the increased fat levels put extra stress on the connective tissue, and there’s more to bulge out of weak spots when it does. Cellulite also tends to become more noticeable as we age, which may be due to the natural thinning of the top layer of the skin, making fat more visible.
What causes cellulite?
One of the most popular theories we hear about cellulite is that it’s caused by toxins in your body, but this is actually not the case at all. In fact, it happens when collagen fibers stretch and tear, enabling fat cells to collect in pockets just below the surface of the skin. This can be caused by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation. If you’re a smoker, that probably isn’t helping either. There’s also a genetic element to the cellulite lottery; if your mum and grandma had it, you’re likely to get it too.
What is the best treatment for cellulite?
- Well-balanced diet – Making sure you have a well-balanced diet with plenty of veggies is a great start.
- Staying hydrated – Drink plenty of water and eat foods with a high water content, like cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
- Workout – Exercise may reduce the appearance of cellulite, but it won’t make it completely disappear. We’re not talking cardio here – running, swimming, cycling can help keep weight off, but to really smooth out your skin, you have to drag out those dumbbells from under your bed and start training. Firming and toning muscles will tighten skin making cellulite less noticeable, and building muscle and boosting circulation helps too.
Is it possible to get rid of cellulite with creams?
Despite the grand claims they may make, no topical creams have been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. Those that contain retinoids may have some temporary effect by creating a thicker skin cover that can help camouflage lumps and bumps. There is also some evidence to suggest that creams or scrubs with ingredients like caffeine and ginger, and green or black tea, may help by improving circulation and breaking down fat-cell stores.
Can you fill cellulite with filler?
In terms of clinic treatments, injectable skin fillers have also shown to have a short-term effect on cellulite, but you‘ll need a fairly large budget, and the results tend to last just a few months.
What is Sensifirm?
If you’re looking for an effective, non-invasive treatment that works together with the body’s natural processes to deliver advanced, visible results, you should try Sensifirm. Based on revolutionary LIPOTHERM RF™ technology, this is the first radio frequency device for reducing the appearance of cellulite to be cleared by the FDA for home use.