Uncovering the bits of us that we most dislike is one of the tortures of summer and fortunately we are getting some summer this year. After months of being covered up, Christmas and Easter food and air conditioning, our skin takes a lot of abuse. So what to do when we want to shape up and uncover those bits. One of the most common problems is cellulite or ‘orange peel’ as is also know.. Most women have some area prone to this affliction. Mainly dimpled skin on the hips, thighs, tummy, bum and arms. And it takes no prisoners - little, large, young and old alike can have cellulite. But there are ways to help the appearance of it.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
What causes Cellulite?
The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories that have been put forth as explanations. Among these are:
Hormonal factors - hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe oestrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.
Genetics - certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
Diet - people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fibre are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
Lifestyle factors - cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Clothing - underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
So what can be done to prevent it or reduce it?
Eating a healthy, fresh diet and removing as much processed foods helps lots and also including exercise is important. These have been seen to have the greatest impact on cellulite.
Massage is also seen to have benefits for cellulite reduction as this works directly on the area affected and stimulates blood to the area. If you are at home self massage also helps. Just massage the area before bedtime, quite hard, using your hands, the skin should look like it has had treatment done and will have a pink sheen when you are finished. You may work up a sweat doing this, remember that massage therapists have trained and work at this everyday so their hands are a lot stronger.
Another way of doing this is in the shower using exfoliation gloves to really get a deep massage. So ladies start scrubbing and enjoy those cellulite free legs!
Linda is a mobile makeup artist specialising in bridal makeup, and a beauty therapist at The Beauty Spot Salon, Clogheen. Contact on 052 7465731 or on Facebook.