Thighs, bums, hips, boobs and bellies – cellulite has a tendency of popping up all over the place. Much to our dismay, around 90 per cent of women, and virtually no men, have cellulite somewhere on their body. So ladies, you’re in good company!
Unfortunately there’s no quick fix and as much as cosmetic companies would like us to believe – short of going under the knife – getting rid of cellulite isn’t as easy as a trip to the chemist.
Cellulite is formed by fat cells found underneath the top layer of skin that have meshed their way in between the connective tissue, or collagen, that attaches your muscle to your skin. Sadly for us, the structure of our connective tissue is different to mens, hence why we’re so susceptible to cellulite and they’re not.
In other news, dermatologists believe that genetic factors can exacerbate the look of cellulite (thanks a lot mum and dad), so unfortunately cellulite is more noticeable on some of us. The good news is, you’re not alone and you’re certainly not doomed to be sporting a cellulite infused ass for the rest of your life. Here’s how to get rid of cellulite for good!
Exercise, exercise, exercise!
You can firm your butt and smooth your thighs in less than an hour a day with these quick and easy exercises that will banish your cellulite for good.
Walk it off
Brisk, daily walks are not only great for your health, it also helps to slim down your thighs and firm the skin around cellulite prone areas. Alternate your pace between fast and slow to get the most of your workout.
Work it off
Thigh raise: Lying face down, raise your legs —from just above your knees — so your feet are a few inches off the ground. Bend your knees, keeping them off the ground, and hold that position. Start with five seconds and gradually work up to 15 seconds. Slowly unbend your knees and, with control, lower your straight legs to the ground, then repeat.
Thigh chair: Stand about a foot away from a wall with your feet straight ahead. Slide your body down the wall, until you are sitting with your thighs perpendicular to the surface. Hold this position for between 30 seconds and two minutes.
Sumo squats: Stand with your legs a little further than shoulder width apart and face your toes outwards. Slowly lower your lower body, keeping your back straight, and pushing your butt out as though there is an invisible chair beneath your bum. Hold this squatting position for 10 seconds then repeat 15-20 times. That’s one rep, repeat this three-four times.
You can try spending a lot of money on skin firming products that promise to get rid of your cellulite, and while they will make your skin supple and smooth, it won’t visibly reduce the appearance, or actually get rid of your cellulite. Exercise is the one sure-fire way to ensure you become confident in your own skin.
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There’s no denying how cute dimples are when you smile, but dimples that appear on your other cheeks is one that most women and men would like to change. The dimple-like appearance that finds a home on your hips, thighs and buttocks – known as cellulite – is one of the biggest body complaints among women.
A cosmetic condition that affects nearly 90% of women and 10% of men, cellulite can affect all body shapes and sizes in men and women of all ages. Whilst not everything has been proven, there’s many factors said to influence the on-set of cellulite from hormonal issues to genetics. Whilst the condition is known to men too, it’s much more common in women due to the lack of strength in the tissue fat (septae) compared to that of men.
With so many myths surrounding the treatment of cellulite, women and men question all over what will really work for them. Here’s a few to get you started:
1. Cellulite is just regular fat
When it comes to treating cellulite, one of the biggest myths people believe is that cellulite is just regular fat. Women and men attempt dramatic dieting to rid the dreaded dimples and wonder why it’s not working. Whilst cellulite does indeed involve fat, it’s not that extra weight we immediately think of. Cellulite is a type of fat that accumulates in small sections just below the skin which cause the skin to appear dimpled.
Because it’s not the standard fat around you stomach and thighs, it goes without saying that cellulite can occur on anyone. You can be super skinny and still suffer from the cosmetic condition, or you can be a regular weight or obese. That being said, its important drastic diet measures should not be taken to try rid cellulite.
What you can do instead: Maintain a healthy weight and a healthy diet. Whilst this will by no means cure cellulite, a healthier lifestyle will minimise the chance of your body fat converting to cellulite fat.
2. Cellulite can be cured by miracle creams
Contrary to popular belief, applying creams and other body lotions that claim to make cellulite disappear won’t help either. The problem with cellulite is below the skin’s surface to using over-the-counter treatments that get applied to the outside of your skin aren’t going to do the trick.
The reason these creams are promoted as cellulite saving solutions is because of the caffeine they contain in them. Caffeine can be a useful ingredient to temporarily tighten the skin and consequently, it can give the impression it will work. Unfortunately though, this really is just a temporary solution and doesn’t tackle the underlying problem.
What you can do instead: Opt for an in-salon treatment known as mesotherapy. This process requires the use of vitamin and plant extract injections which assist in improving your body’s circulation and metabolism. Alternatively, the non-invasive Velasmooth is the newest laser treatment out and works by ‘smoothing out’ the cellulite by radio frequency and a vacuum suction which helps to break down the far cells under your skin.
3. Liposuction is an ideal treatment for cellulite
Whilst liposuction can be a good treatment for some conditions relating to the build-up of fat in your body, it’s not ideal for cellulite. It’s not uncommon for both women and men to consider liposuction to remove cellulite as a quick and easy fix, but it can end up causing your condition to be much worse.
This myth goes hand-in-hand with “if I lose weight, I’ll be less likely to get cellulite”. But, if all women and men in any shape can get cellulite, losing weight is not going to fix things. Lipo is a process that enables you to lose weight very quickly – and it’s this fast unnatural weight loss that’ll cause your skin to sag and your cellulite to appear more obvious.
What you can do instead: Another in-salon ‘smoothing out’ treatment that’s beneficial for cellulite is Endermologie Lipomassage. Based on a French method that focuses on massage, the idea behind this treatment is to deliver a serious deep-tissue massage. By massaging deep into the skin, Endermologie helps to boost circulation, drain excess fluid, firm the skin and re-sculpt your figure to smooth out the cellulite. This treatment is effective for both women and men that may struggle with a slow and steady weight loss, is non-surgical and FDA approved.
4. Cellulite cannot be cured with exercise
There’s a lot of talk going around that exercise won’t cure cellulite… and in that sense, it’s right. While exercise will not cure cellulite, leading a healthy and active lifestyle will help to eliminate the chance. Specific exercises like weight training will help tone your body and define your mussels resulting in smoother skin.
As with any healthy lifestyle plan, excessive drinking, caffeine intake and smoking doesn’t do any favours for your body so should be kept to a minimum. Foods that are process or high in artificial flavours are all liable to contribute to that dreaded dimple cellulite skin too.
What you can do instead: Maintain a healthy lifestyle by giving your body adequate rest and watching what you put into it. No exercise and diet alone can cure cellulite, but giving your body the best chance it has to fight against excess fat is ideal.
5. Tanning doesn’t hide cellulite
Summer-bronzed skin may look attractive, but unfortunately it’s not going to hide your cellulite. Women often apply fake tan to mask that orange-peel appearance of cellulite, but it can cause the texture of your skin to look worse as the golden colour fades.
For those that hope getting a good dose of vitamin c by baking outside in the sun will eliminate cellulite, it’s not going to work either. The sun’s UV rays are harmful to your skin with and without cellulite and can contribute to your skin thinning out, resulting in a more prominent condition of cellulite.
What you can do instead: It doesn’t mean to say though, you need to avoid the sun altogether – just be smart. Applying adequate sunscreen to your body and cellulite prone areas will help to protect your skin from the UV rays.
By Jemma Stergiou, the owner and director of Keturah Day Spa Group, a leading provider of massages and Endermologie treatments in Perth, WA. Keturah also own the only Integral Endermologie machine in Perth! Connect with Jemma on Google+
Hoping to remove those irritating lines from your legs or stomach? For some of us, cellulite can be unbearable but there are a few ways diminish their harsh effects. The best way to bid adieu to cellulite is with coffee, since it provides a bunch of antioxidants to tired skin, and tightens the surface.
You can apply the mixture with your hands, an exfoliating mitt, or even with a brush which features long bristles. Apply in a circular motion, then leave on the skin for 5-10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
1 cup coffee grounds
6 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp sea salt/sugar
1. Combine the coffee grounds and sea salt or sugar into a mixing bowl.
2. Now melt the coconut butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, then add it to the existing mixture.
3. Mix well with a spoon, then transfer the contents to an air-tight jar or container. You can use the products for weeks or even months if it’s properly stored.
4. Whilst you’re in the shower, apply the scrub in circular motions over problem areas such as the upper thighs, stomach, arms, and bottom.
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Cellulite. It’s a fact of life for many of us. Nobody wants it and nobody really wants to discuss it. But seeing images of bikini-clad, butt-baring models with smooth, dimple-free skin can leave you with a sense of “what the..?” Fiona Tuck, Skinstitut Australia’s managing director and author of The Myth Minx, has investigated some of the ways to treat cellulite and busts some myths along the way.
Firstly, methods to treat cellulite have been few and far between with most being unsuccessful. The reason for this being due to a lack of understanding of the real causes of cellulite and how to effectively treat it. Fiona says that years of pummelling and pounding vigorous massages, torturous-looking cellulite hand held home devices and cellulite dissolving gels are a myth.
“In fact, over zealous massage, once thought to break down stubborn fat deposits, has now been proven to have the opposite effect – make it worse,” she says.
Tips to reduce cellulite:
Reduce pro-inflammatory foods in the diet such as fatty foods, saturated fat in red meat, dairy, refined processed foods, salt and sugar. Saturated fat, transfats and sugar are HUGE enemies of cellulite and hormone imbalance.
Increase essential fats to maintain cell integrity and strength. Include nuts, seeds and oily fish in your diet. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to ensure high intakes of antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids. These assist with healthy collagen production, cell protection and assist with the prevention of excessive collagen breakdown.
Adequate amino acids and protein intake are essential for healthy connective tissue and collagen production. A loss of connective tissue and collagen will worsen cellulite.
Topical creams and essential oils such as juniper, fennel, ginger and even caffeine derivatives can assist with enhancing peripheral circulation but do little to assist with the actual integrity of the skin. Topical application of retinol and vitamin C are essential for assisting with healthy connective tissue.
Professional manual lymphatic drainage massage is excellent to reduce sponginess and fluid retention and the removal of toxins from the fat cells.
Dry body brush daily at home to improve lymphatic system health and excess fluid retention between cells.
Dermal rolling is also always a useful technique. This can induce collagen production and skin integrity thereby constraining the hypertrophied fat cells. Stay well away from basic mechanical rolling and pressure devices and pummelling massagers. Whilst once thought to break down fat it is now know that these options are the worst cellulite treatments of them all. This is due to causing further damage to the weakened connective tissue therefore worsening the appearance of cellulite.
There are more advanced paramedical clinical treatments now available using radiofrequency technologies which target the weakened connective tissue thus reducing the bulging fat cells. Combined with lymphatic drainage these treatments can provide exceptional results. But these treatments can be costly and sometimes painful.
So there you have it healthy diet, exercise, application of quality ingredients and the right professional treatments can lead you on the way to smoother thighs.
Cellulite is one of the most frustrating issues for women of all ages, sizes and ethnicities, and if you have it, welcome to the “over 80% of women above 20 years of age” club that develop it at some point in their lives.
Unfortunately for women it’s not only due in part to our hormonal profile and an excess of estrogens, but it’s also related to how many toxins our bodies are holding on to, and to the anatomy of our skin and the way in which our fat cells and receptors are distributed.
Fitness and health expert Alexa Towersey, listed by Lifestyle Asia as one of the Top 5 Toughest Personal Trainers in 2013, knows there is no miracle overnight cure to getting rid of cellulite. But there are ways to combat cellulite naturally by making some lifestyle changes. Here’s how:
1. Minimise your exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants
Go organic with your cosmetics and household products (check out www.ewg.org to find out how toxic your favourite brands are), don’t reheat your food in plastic containers, avoid soy products, and buy organic produce when possible. If you’re on a budget and need to prioritise, watch out for the pesticide laden “Dirty Dozen”: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, capsicum, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.
2. Eat nutritionally dense, high fiber and low GI foods to manage your blood sugar and reduce bodyfat
The worst offenders for cellulite are alcohol, caffeine and refined sugars. If you just can’t do without your glass of wine with dinner, stick to Sardinian and Spanish red wines, pinot and merlot which have some beneficial anti-oxidants.
3. Cellulite isn’t just a fat issue, it’s a skin issue
One of the reasons it may be so visible is that the collagen in your skin lacks optimal connective tissue structure. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C, high in collagen strengthening and anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals, and have lots of essential fatty acids. Citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits and oranges are good choices, as are nuts and seeds. Plant based omega oils are a great supplement to increase fat burning, decrease inflammation and improve the health of our cell membranes.
4. Support your digestive system
Learn to love your cruciferous veges (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy) which contain compounds that draw out excess estrogens, and include plenty of fiber which will then bind to and eliminate the waste products (flaxseeds, dark green leafy veges, fresh fruits, beans and lentils, steel-cut oats, buckwheat and barley). Raw apple cider vinegar in warm water is a strong digestive aid, and a really cheap and effective way to kickstart your system first thing in the morning. I’m a fan of includng a good quality probiotic and a plant based digestive enzyme.
5. Use resistance training to help rebalance your hormones and reshape your body
Hormonal imbalances can often show up as stubborn fat on different parts of your body, with estrogen dominating the hip and thigh region. You can effectively lean out your legs by telling your body to turn on your fat burning hormones and turn off your fat storing hormones. I recommend women include weights as part of their training program using a circuit style of high reps (15-25), moderate weight and low rest. For fans of spin classes, I’m sorry I’m about to ruin your day, but research has shown that spinning actually increases the intramuscular fat stores in the legs!
6. Reduce the appearance of cellulite by improving your circulation
Lymphatic drainage and detoxification channels using alternative body treatments such as acupuncture, lymphatic drainage massage, Epsom salts baths, body brushing and infra-red saunas will all help to reduce cellulite. Drinking plenty of water is also important for flushing out toxins.
What are your best tips for reducing the appearance of cellulite?
Cellulaze is a new treatment that breaks down cellulite using laser. We chat with Celluluaze surgeon Dr Scott Ingram on how it works, the cost, the pain and the results. Dr Ingram is the owner of Form and Function Clinic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and is the only surgeon in Australia accredited to perform Cellulaze.
What is Cellulaze and how does it work?
Cellulaze is a minimally-invasive one-time surgical procedure for the reduction of cellulite. This treatment is brand new to Australia and works by emitting laser energy into the troubled area (cellulite) and breaking the bands that create fat dimples in the skin. Cellulaze can drastically reduce the appearance of cellulite through its innovative SideLight Laser technique and after undergoing extensive training in the United States, I was chosen to pioneer the procedure in Australia. Cellulaze has been available in the U.S. for over three years and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
What kind of results can patients typically expect?
Typically, all patients will experience a significant improvement in the appearance of their cellulite after a Cellulaze treatment. Results vary from patient to patient and range from partial to complete removal of cellulite.
How much does it cost?
This one-time treatment starts at $7,000 and is charged according to the size of the area being treatment.
How much downtime does a patient need?
A Cellulaze treatment requires minimal downtime. A typical patient will resume daily activities immediately and return to work within days. Vigorous activities and exercise however are not recommended for a minimum of 3 weeks and possibly up to 6 weeks post treatment.
What is the pain like throughout and after the procedure?
Cellulaze is a minimally invasive treatment performed under local anesthesia with an oral sedation. The procedure is extremely well tolerated with little or no discomfort during and after the procedure.