An estimated 85% of adult women suffer from the embarrassment of mild to severe cellulite. Fluctuating hormones and enzymes are responsible for its development. Our skin contains “cushioning” in the form of fat cells. Dense fibrous connective tissue which surrounds the fat cells contributes to the dimpling and lumpy appearance of the skin.
- It primarily effects women
- Heredity is a factor in who is predisposed to develop cellulite
- It is a condition caused by female hormones
- Appears mostly on the buttocks and thighs
- May also be located on the stomach, hips and upper arms
What can a women do to reduce the appearance of cellulite?
- Devices: Endermologie, is one such deveice, that uses heat to breakdown the fat cells so that the body can expel them as waste products. Other modalities that use heat are ultrasound, radio frequency and lasers. Another method, Cryolipolysis, works by freezes the fat cells which essentially causes them to die.
- Minimally Invasive Procedures: With Cellfina, a physician anesthetizes the skin in order to cut numerous fibrous bands of connective tissues. Sculptra is filler that is injected into the depressions to give the skin a smoother, more even surface. And then there’s a fat dissolving process called Mesotherapy.
- Topicals: Rebuilding healthy collagen tissues requires a consistent application of topical products containing Vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants. Caffeine is used in many creams due to its dehydrating properties and ability to accelerate fat metabolism. Other helpful ingredients include Gota Kula, Horse Chestnut and a type of seaweed called Bladderwrack.
- Home Care: A skin technique which I absolutely adore is known as Dry Brushing. It works to reduce cellulite while also aiding the body in the removal of toxins through the lymphatic system. If you’d like to learn how to Dry Brush, please read my earlier blog article: Healthy Body Ritual.
- Lifestyle: A balanced diet full of healthy, organically grown fruits and vegetables will help to eliminate the toxins that contribute to the development of cellulite. And, of course, drinking lots of pure fresh water throughout the day will help as well!
Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow.