Cellulite is a b*tch. You can be overweight or underweight and still suffer from this annoying problem. Cellulite is one of the only things on my body that truly bothers me, especially when I get a bit lazy and let myself go (by my standards I have for myself).
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. It can affect both men and women but is more common in females, due to the different distributions of fat, muscle and connective tissue. Cellulite is fat found just beneath the surface of the skin that is bulging out through a web of connective tissue. As we age, the collagen tissue that holds the fat in place, starts to wear and tear which causes the fat to start to stick out through the tissue. Although cellulite is fat, its appearance actually has nothing to do with weight.
What causes Cellulite?
The ultimate cause of cellulite is truly unknown. However, exactly when it shows up and how visible it is, are influenced by hormones and genetics. Bad news is once cellulite is there, it’s there. There are ways to help reduce the appearance of cellulite but everything is temporary. Hormones are a large role in cellulite development. Estrogen decreases as women age; fat cells also enlarge as estrogen levels fall. Aging causes the skin to become less elastic, thinner and more likely to sag, which increases the chances of cellulite developing. Genetics aren’t the cause of cellulite but genetic factors are linked to the distribution of fat under the skin and circulatory levels. Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Collagen is what holds fat in place and reduces the look of cellulite.
Cellulite is NOT caused by “toxins”, but a healthier lifestyle may reduce the risks. People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates and salt, and too little fiber are likely to have a greater amount of cellulite. It is also more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
What Can I do to Improve my Cellulite?
- Cucumbers: I know this sounds crazy but I cut two thick slices of cucumber and rub them directly on my problem cellulite areas. Why does this work? Cucumbers are loaded with enzyme charged water, B vitamins and nutrients and electrolytes; They are used to hydrate our skin and include a ton of Vitamin C. Vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory properties and soothe the skin. The secret ingredient to fight cellulite in cucumbers is the PHYTOCHEMICALS. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring plant chemicals that block substances from becoming carcinogens, prevent DNA damage, stimulate the immune system, trigger damaged cells to commit suicide before they can reproduce and help regulate hormones. Once you rub the cucumbers on your skin, the phytochemicals cause the collagen in your outer skin layer to tighten up, reducing the visibility of cellulite.
- Hypervice Hypervolt Gun: Once I rub the cucumbers all over my skin, I use my Hypervolt massage gun to massage my legs and improve lymphatic drainage. Massaging also helps stretch skin tissue which can help stretch out cellulite dimples! Massaging increases blood flow which then Increases the oxygen to that area, stimulating collagen production.
- Fascia Blaster: My secret weapon to reducing cellulite is using a Facia Blaster. It is a tool that combs through facia, which is fibrous connective tissue that is comprised of collagen. Cellulite is the external result of distorted fascia. I heat my body up in a hot shower and then cover my body in baby oil. I then use the fascia blaster to quickly “comb” out areas of my body to increase circulation. You have to press somewhat hard while doing this so you do risk the chance of bruising. But once your body gets used to the process, it typically doesn’t bruise again. Doing it once or twice a week will help tighten your skin and lessen the appearance of cellulite. From personal experience, I can verify that it works!