The appearance of cellulite on the body is a major concern of a lot of people around the world. It will most commonly appear on a women’s hips, thighs, and buttocks and can greatly affect a person’s self-esteem. It is a much more common occurance with ladies than with men due to the way fat and muscle tissues are positioned in deep skin. Cellulite has a lumped appearance that distorts the outer layers of the skin, giving the appearance of many lumps underneath. Despite the similar name, cellulitis is actually a totally different illness related to the inflammation of the deeper skin tissues.
What is the Hidden Cause Behind Cellulite?
Most doctors would tell you that the appearance of cellulite is normal for the average person, it is just the way your tissue looks – not perfectly smooth as we’d like it to be. It is related to heredity, age, skin quality and type, gender, and even fat to muscle ratio. All this can influence the degree of cellulite that appears in your body. Female hormones play a big part in the creation of cellulite, despite the fact that it cannot be removed via hormone treatment.
Is there a Cure?
Since cellulite is not exactly an illness, it cannot be solved with a simple “cure” – it mostly has to do with the aesthetics of a person’s skin. Since everyone wants to look flawless, numerous treatments have appeared that range in effectiveness from mildly successful to almost non-existent. They come in forms of drugs, supplements, mechanical treatments, exercise & lifestyle, and creams. We will take a closer look at each of these in the following paragraphs.
Methylxanthines are actually a combination of different chemicals such as aminophylline, caffeine and theophylline and it is present in many creams that are commonly used for treatment of cellulite because it has a known ability of breaking down fat deposits. On the other hand, despite its wide usage, most skin cream bases do not possess the necessary delivery properties, so that means that the Methylxanthines cannot be absorbed through skin in a large enough concentration for it to have the needed effect and break down fat cells. Some products that rely on this ingredient actually do promote a significant loss of cellulite.
When it comes to dietary supplements, several ingredients have been commonly related to cellulite reduction, such as ginkgo biloba, sweet clover, soy lecithin and even fish oil. While most of them are not considered to be drugs, meaning that they are not subjected to rigorous testing for effectiveness, it is not clear whether they actually have any effect or not. Most of them claim to boost your metabolism, improve circulation, and thus eliminate fat from your body. On the other hand, cellulite diets have also become popular, as most of them claim to be quite effective. It is true that a proper combination of foods, vitamins, and minerals can reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of cellulite since this will increase the overall health of the skin – especially water reserves and distribution inside the skin. Currently, though, diets cannot target cellulite directly.
Mechanical treatments include using special machines and physical massaging. Machines rely on using special cylinders that roll over a particular area of the skin and offer deep tissue massage, which can actually break down fat cells, or even utilize suction and squeezing of an area in order to achieve the same effect. Those treatments last about 30-45 minutes. Massage by a professional also utilizes circular, kneading motions that physically increase blood flow to a particular area, and while both of these techniques achieve results, they are only temporary, and if the massages are stopped, the cellulite will reappear. This is due to the fact that fat is only redistributed temporarily under the skin, but new layers will appear in a standard, cellulite-like pattern. Some forms of mechanical treatment even include laser and light while creating suction in order to manipulate the skin into appearing healthier. Overall, these types of programs offer good, though temporary, results.
Exercise and Lifestyle
While proper and regular exercise won’t specifically target cellulite, it will increase the calorie consumption of your body – this will mean that there will be less fat in your body overall. Because of this, there are many exercises that can improve your health status and help your skin look better, tighter, with smaller deposits of fat, which can visibly reduce cellulite appearance. For women, most of the body fat is stored in their hips and thighs, which is why cellulite is most prominent there, but as the fat levels in your body start to decrease, the cellulite will go away with it. Exercise can be whatever you want, you can jog or for better results, you can visit a gym. Cycling and jogging are especially beneficial since this will target your whole body. Try to eliminate smoking, as it will slow down circulation and oxygenation of your body, and avoid fizzy drinks and fast foods – which are not only filled with too much fat but sugars and salts as well. Replace snacks with fruits and vegetables and you will notice the positive change in your body.
With only some minor life adjustments, you will not only get into better shape but you will also have healthier looking skin, minimizing any appearance of cellulite and helping you feel better and happier overall.
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- Cellulite Causes and Treatments – WebMD http://www.webmd.com/beauty/cellulite/cellulite-causes-and-treatments
- Do anti-cellulite creams work? http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/3859.php
- Safety and Efficacy of a Dietary Supplement in Females With Cellulite https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01321268
- What Will (And Won’t!) Help You Get Rid of Cellulite http://spas.about.com/od/skincare/a/Cellulite.htm
- Cellulitis http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000855.htm