Beach season is upon us and that means running around in day dresses, short shorts, bikinis and flip flops – finally! For some of us it's bliss, for others... not so much. Cellulite can appear in every person around the world, so there's nothing to be ashamed of nor fear. You can get cellulite pretty much anywhere on your body, however it more commonly affects women around the stomach, thighs, hips and buttocks. To learn how to combat cellulite, let's take a look at how it begins to form in the body and what natural home remedies we can use to reduce the appearance, minimise and prevent cellulite.
What is cellulite
Cellulite is often referred to as the infamous 'orange peel' or 'cottage cheese' look. This means a dimpled appearance on the dermis due to the accumulation of fat.
What causes cellulite
When you notice cellulite, remember that it's completely normal and common. There's nothing wrong with you, and it's really no big deal. Cellulite is just normal fat beneath your skin. It forms lumps because it pushes against connective tissue. This pressure causes the skin above it to pucker. That's why, thin or round, tall or small, everyone can develop it.
Who gets cellulite
Cellulite is more common in women than men (totally fair, right?) – this is mostly apparent in older women and girls who are experiencing regular hormonal changes or imbalance. "Men's collagen is arranged in an X-pattern. This pattern creates small fat compartments and does not allow for dimpling of the skin. On the other hand, collagen is arranged like pillars in parallel rows in women's skin. This pattern facilitates the compartmentalisation of fat, which makes cellulite visible," says Good Zing expert and Beauty Therapist Urszula Iloweicka.
How does cellulite form?
Here's a scientific explanation of how cellulite begins to form in the human body and how you can prevent the appearance of cellulite fast:
• Stage 1
Stage 1 is when the skin's dermis deteriorates and blood vessels slowly begin to break down. The upper region of the skin dermis begins losing its capillary networks. Fat cells, covered by the freestanding fat cell chambers, begin to engorge with lipids. They swell to 2 to 3 times their normal size. Fluid begins to accumulate in the tissues due to a breakdown in the capillary system. Fat projections begin to occur in the dermis, and there is an increase in Glycosaminoglycans, which accounts for the enhanced ability of the tissues to retain excess water.
• Stage 2
At this stage, the microcirculatory system continues to decline and dermal deterioration continues. Fat cells engorge and clump more. This pushes the blood vessels further away. It's common for gaps to appear in the dermis which is a result of the normal inflammatory process. The inflammatory process activates specific enzymes like elastase and collagenase, creating a path for immune cells to move to the site of inflammation. Fluids continue to accumulate creating the 'orange peel' effect.
• Stage 3
The microcirculatory system continues to deteriorate which slows metabolism in the dermis' cells. Both protein repair and synthesis processes are reduced drastically. This may contribute to thinning of the dermal layer. Protein deposits start forming around fat cell clusters.
• Stage 4
This is the last stage of cellulite formation. Hard nodules are evident in the dermal region. They are comprised of fat cell clumps encased in a hardened protein shell.
How to get rid of cellulite naturally quickly
It can be difficult to completely get rid of cellulite, unless you spend a large sum for special treatments – but there are natural ways that are very effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite:
1. Speed up your workouts
It is possible to get rid of cellulite through exercise. Aerobic or cardio exercises burn off excess fat, stimulate blood circulation, improve delivery of nutrients to cells and help eliminate toxins. Strength training is also an important means to remove cellulite naturally as it strengthens muscles and helps eliminate localised fat.
2. Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods
You can also reduce cellulite especially on the buttocks and thighs with a healthy diet. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts. Foods that are rich in antioxidants promote collagen production and cause the skin to become soft and pliable.
3. Avoid processed foods
Processed foods, sugar and an overload of fat cause and encourage cellulite. Avoid junk food, soft drinks, refined sugar and anything unnatural. These contain toxins that can damage the skin and worsen cellulite.
Some people find that a good cupping session can detoxify concentrated areas quickly and reduce the appearance of cellulite on the thighs, stomach, legs and buttocks. The traditional Chinese Medicine practice of cupping stimulates blood circulation and can help break up fat deposits that are responsible for the formation of cellulite.
5. Dry brushing
Another effective natural home remedy to get rid of cellulite is dry brushing. This is a routine in which you use a body brush in the shower to cleanse and detoxify your skin by performing a lymphatic drainage massage. This encourages the body's natural ability to drain fluids, detox and regenerate tissue.
It's not easy to eliminate cellulite completely, but you can reduce the appearance of it naturally without spending much money. The best way to get rid of cellulite is through diet and exercise. With a healthy lifestyle, your overall health will improve and your skin will look better.
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