What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the term given to the condition characterized by collections of fat that pushes against the connective tissue beneath the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dimple or pucker and look ‘lumpy’.
Cellulite is generally located on certain areas of the body such as abdomen, buttocks, upper and lower portions of the legs and the pelvic region, and may occur any time after puberty.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite occurs in both men and women, but it is more common in women due to the particular types of fat and connective tissue that women have. One necessarily doesn’t have to be overweight to suffer with cellulite. There are many theories as to what exactly causes cellulite, including hormonal factors, genetic pre-disposition, gender, slow metabolism, poor diet, smoking and poor circulation .
Help for Cellulite
There are many procedures that claim to rid the body of cellulite; however these methods have not been proven. In fact, many salon treatments simply ‘plump’ up the skin temporarily to give the appearance of lessened cellulite. Furthermore, treatments like liposuction (surgical removal of fat) and mesotherapy (injection of drugs into cellulite) may produce only temporary improvement. Many doctors warn that liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite because liposuction is designed to remove deep fat instead of cellulite, which is close to the skin.
Therapeutic methods to lessen cellulite include massages that stimulate lymphatic flow, heat therapy, ultrasound, radio frequency therapy, magnetic therapy, radial waves therapy, Endermologie, and electrical stimulation.
Natural remedies have been proven to help stimulate skin renewal and promote skin health in a natural manner. When used in natural skin care products, basil can help stimulate sluggish and congested circulation of skin. Vitamin C in grapefruit extract can help in two ways – it promotes the production of collagen, which gives skin its elasticity, and the anti-oxidants in vitamin C reduce damage to the skin caused by free radicals. Rose geranium, Fennel, Juniper and Ginger can all help the skin to retain moisture, suppleness, and firmness while helping to promote cellulite-free skin, without the risk of side effects.