We examine what cellulite is, why it develops and how you can combat it. It is not easy and not everyone will eliminate it entirely. Let’s look at the facts.
Cellulite is fatty deposits just beneath skin: these deposits just under the surface of the skin give a lumpy or grainy appearance to the skin surface, especially on the thighs or buttocks.
The fat content of the cellulite-containing tissue is normal, but fibrous nodules surrounding the fat cells give affected skin areas that cottage cheese or orange-peel appearance. Cellulite can be characterized by a state in which the cells of the subcutaneeous fatty layer under the skin are invaded by toxic lymph. Combined with a poor circulation of the blood and a sluggish lymphatic system resulting from a sedentary lifestyle, this can enhance the development of cellulite. Cellulite formation is related, in part, to local vein and lymph congestion. This is why Sublime Beauty® is a fan of daily Skin Brushing or massage, along with products that help dissolve and smooth, to help to alleviate this condition.
Although cellulite can affect men and women, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue. The presence of cellulite has nothing to do with overweight – you can be anorexic and still have cellulite.
For those suffering from cellulite, we recommend an intensive treatment with Cellulite Whisperer products for 1 to 3 months. These high quality organic products work hard to reduce your cellulite. We also recommend daily Skin Brushing as a long-term maintenance tool.
Although cellulite can affect men and women, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue.
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. This is a big factor that isn’t discussed often – and why women develop cellulite while men usually don’t! Many believe estrogen, 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 fiber 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 – we were surprised to learn that underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
There are a number of changes that occur when cellulite develops:
* The capillaries become greatly enlarged, and blood plasma seeps out into the surrounding fatty tissues.
* The fat cells become ‘squashed’ and bunch up together – this forms the characteristic ‘orange-peel’ effect.
* The lymph nodes, part of the lymphatic system that drains toxins out of the body, cannot cope and the excess plasma remains in the cells.
* The walls of the fat cells become thickened with extra deposits, resulting in thinner and weakened connective tissue.
With cellulite, toxins that the body cannot detoxify need to be pushed to a location where they do the least harm to body tissues and organs. They are therefore sent to the fatty cells where they do less harm than being trapped in the liver, kidneys, arteries, etc.
Men never get cellulite as the triggering factor is oestrogen, which is present in far greater amounts in a woman’s body. The more eostrogen in a woman’s body, the more likely she will get cellulite. One medical researcher thinks that the increasing prevalence of cellulite today is due to the excessive oestrogen-like compounds that they obtain from pesticides, hormones fed to animals, preservatives and colourings, as well as pharmaceutical drugs (the contraceptive pill and HRT are examples) which leads to a situation known as ‘oestrogen dominance’. The danger times for developing cellulite are at puberty, pregnancy and the menopause, the times of greatest hormonal fluctuations.
Using ingredients known to help dissolve toxins and smooth skin (such as those found in our products), and using massage to enhance the process is important.
Daily Skin Brushing will also help move those toxins and smooth skin.
2) Eat a well-balanced diet with low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fiber can help one to avoid cellulite. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight will also go a long way to keeping cellulite at bay.
3) There are more expensive procedures that may help. Call your local dermatologist, spa or aesthetician and research some of those more intense methods. Our products could help pre- and post-procedure.