Okay, there’s probably only a handful of us in the entire blogosphere who DON’T suffer with the dreaded cellulite. Luckily, qualified complementary therapist and fellow blogger Danielle (aka Madame Gourmand) has concise information and tips for us!
I’m an avid reader of Do Not Refreeze so when I found out that Leanne was looking for guest bloggers to fill her place whilst on holiday I jumped at the chance to be involved.
I’m a Complementary therapist and practice a number of treatments on clients for various beauty or medical complaints. The issue that seems to affect most of my clients is Cellulite, around 80 – 90% of women suffer from it so I’ve decide to discuss this issue with Leanne’s readers.
If you’ve never heard of Cellulite before it’s a permanent change in the fat stored under the skin and has a lumpy appearance around the buttocks, hips and thighs. Women of all ages, shapes and sizes can get cellulite and it is inevitable in most women. It’s not just us poor women who have to suffer with Cellulite, men can develop cellulite but it’s not as visible because their network of fat cells is deeper in the skin.
As the fat cells enlarge with age, they push through the connecting fibres, which stay the same size, giving the effect of a balloon being blown up through a string vest. The dimples on the outer skin are the fat cells emerging through.
Stress, toxins, inactivity, hormonal imbalances and genetics have all been suggested as possible influencing factors.
There is no 100% guaranteed method of prevention or cure but there are measures you can take to reduce both the appearance of cellulite if you have it and lower the risk of developing it if you don’t.
You don’t need to buy expensive creams, lotions and potions just follow my tips and hopefully you will see an improvement!
Please note: Although I am a qualified Complementary therapist I am not a medical professional, these tips are only to be used as a guideline.
Tip 1 – Massage
Massage works by breaking down fibrous bands, when deep tissue massage is applied over the area of cellulite the appearance can be reduced. Several sessions with a massage therapist may be needed depending on how severe the cellulite is.
Daily self brushing over problem areas can also help if you do not have the funds for regular massage treatments.
Tip 2 – Self Tan
You may be thinking self tan? What can that do? Cellulite is actually less obvious on darker skin so for a quick fix option get rubbing the tan in! Remember if you are using self tan to hide your cellulite you need to exfoliate well and moisturise to avoid streaking and an orange peel effect on the skin.
Tip 3 – Diet
Improving your diet will help prevent to improve the appearance of cellulite. Eating protein rich foods at every meal will help to repair, strengthen and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Foods that provide lecithin like eggs, spinach, peanuts and apples can restore the strength of dermal cells.
Tip 4 – Lower your stress levels
A high stress lifestyle causes an increase in the level of catecholamines which are released by the adrenal glands and are associated with the evolution of cellulite.
Tip 5 – Exercise
Exercise is probably the most effective method to smooth out the appearance of cellulite. Excess fat stores are burned during exercise which reduces the size of the lumpy fat deposits that cause cellulite. Exercise also boosts blood circulation which flushes fatty deposits and waste toxins out of the body.
Tip 6 – Herbal remedies
Ginko bilboa promotes efficient circulation; this can be taken in tablet form.
Lemon, Juniper Berry, fennel, eucalyptus and Grapefruit oils used in the bath or blended with a base oil like sweet almond can be massaged into the problem areas as they are all excellent when used to treat cellulite.
A black pepper, ginger and cardamom compress can be used to wrap the whole of the area to be treated which will increase circulation.
Thank you Daniella! I hope to be brushing my butt into submission now! Look out for Wednesday’s (final) guest post, by Aimee of Aimee’s Nails :)