What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is fatty deposits of soft or hard dimpled fat which looks like orange peel. Like stretch marks, this is another dreaded thing we see when looking at ourselves in the mirror!
This condition affects mostly women as women have more fat cells due to hormonal influences. Women are also affected more as men’s skin structure and texture is different. Both overweight and slim people are affected. You will mostly see it around the thighs, buttocks, upper arms and stomach.
Cellulite appears in the subcutaneous layer (deepest layer of our skin), which is made up of fat cells laced with collagen and other fibers found in the connective tissue.
You may also feel that the area of cellulite feels cooler than other areas of the skin because the blood circulation is weakened in that area.
It is very stubborn and resistant to diet and exercise, although both do help with the appearance. There is also more water content present in the areas of concern.
What are the Two Main Types of Cellulite?
There are two main types of cellulite:
Hard cellulite – seen without squeezing the skin.
Soft Cellulite – can only been seen when the skin is squeezed. it is often found in inactive women or people who have lost muscle tone through things like crash dieting.
Ways to Tackle Cellulite
Using Lucy Bee Coconut Oil with one of our salts (Epsom, Dead Sea or Himalayan which all contain numerous minerals and magnesium), makes the most amazing skin-loving, cellulite-tackling scrub.
Gently exfoliate the area of concern with circular motion as this can help to regenerate skin cells. You’ll find the recipe here
Coconut oil is approximately 48% lauric acid, which has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Due to the fatty acid content, it is incredibly moisturising and hydrating and nourishing on the skin. It also contains antioxidants and vitamin E which help fight free radicals and repair damaged skin.
- Dry Brushing
Dry brush before getting into the shower, always towards the heart. This helps with poor circulation which eventually leads to congestion in the skin. It also helps to move toxins and waste from the lymph nodes, which is detoxify and helps with the appearance of the skin as it removes dead skin cells and replenishes them.
Helps move water retention away. It also helps to move toxins and waste from the lymph nodes, which is detoxifying and helps with the appearance of the skin as it removes dead skin cells and replenishes them, also helping to sooth the muscles. use Lucy Bee Coconut Oil for the health benefits. It’s important to drink lots of water after a massage, to flush out all the toxins from the body.
We all know moving does wonders to our body from both a mental to physical point of view. No excuses – even a light walk helps to get rid of the appearance of cellulite
- Stay Hydrated
Drinking water gets everything moving, so make sure you’re drinking at least 1.5 to 2 litres a day. Add lemon for extra detoxifying purposes.
- Salon treatments
Some salons also offer treatments for cellulite like deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage massage, vacuum suction styled treatments and G5 massage.
Things to Avoid
Obvious things like processed foods, excess salt, alcohol, sugar, unhealthy fatty foods, caffeine, smoking etc. should all be avoided in the ‘fight’ against cellulite. You can read our blog about The Western Diet and Obesity, which includes processed foods, here.
Hope you found this information useful!
I’ve also written an article about Stretch Marks and How to Treat Them, which you can find here.
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