The good news? You’re not alone in the fight against cellulite. The not so great news? Unless you opt for Cosmetic Surgery for Women, to decrease the appearance takes time and discipline. Men are lucky, they don’t normally get cellulite due to the lack of oestrogen in their bodies. However, most women deal with orange peel skin at some point in their lives with cases ranging from slight to severe. It’s all due to fat cells swimming around under the top layer of skin that have managed to squeeze themselves between bands of connective tissue. Unfortunately, it’s not up to you whether you get to escape the wrath of cottage cheese legs because dermatologist primarily believe that poor circulation, which is genetic, can create the look of lumps. Facts aside, cellulite can be seriously damaging to any woman’s’ self-esteem, with many of us ladies being too embarrassed to show off parts of our bodies or wear certain types of clothes. So how do you reduce the appearance of cellulite?
Steer Clear of the Junk
Oh that old chestnut! I know, I know, we are told to avoid junk food on a daily, but sometimes that pie is just far too tempting with its crispy pastry and inner meaty goodness. Most reasonable dieticians recommend that you don’t avoid junk food for the rest of your life, because honestly where’s the fun in that! However to have a long and healthy life, we need to eat right. That means consuming a diet of fresh, unprocessed food that doesn’t contain any chemicals, additives, dyes, added salts and that hasn’t seen the oil of your deep fryer! Most unhealthy food is full of a myriad of toxins that contribute to the appearance of cellulite. Know what you’re putting into your body and you’ll be better off in the long run.
That Means Cigarettes and Coffee Too….
Despite all of the scientific facts we have been presented with about the dangers of smoking, there are a lot of people who start their morning with a smoke and a cup of Joe. But did you know that both of these daily rituals contribute to cellulite? Caffeine dehydrates the skin and cigarettes are full of those icky toxins like formaldehyde (yeah that thing they use to preserve dead bodies) and pesticides. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to give up, this is a pretty good one.
Cater Your Workouts to the Problem Area
Exercise is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, and while we should partake in at least thirty minutes of cardiovascular activity three times a week, there are some exercises you can add to your routine to firm cellulite heavy areas. If the area you are worried about is your legs, spend a period of time performing squats, burpees, and leg lifts to strengthen and build muscle.
Improve Circulation with Hair Brush Massage
The Japanese have been performing this inexpensive ritual for eons to improve the quality of skin and clean out the lymph glands. Before you hop into the shower in the morning, take a good stiff hairbrush and methodically brush the area in a circular motion to remove the dead skin cells and get your blood moving.
There are also a plethora of potions and lotions on the market that claim to help firm cellulite, but always be wary and make sure you read product reviews before purchasing.