Cellulite” is a skin disease that gives the appearance of small bumps and ripples under the skin. These bumps are caused by underlying fat cells that become too large and stretch the natural fiber compartments that hold the skin to the underlying layers of tissue.
Women tend to get cellulite more often than men because they have a vertical pattern of collagen in the underlying layer that contains the fat cells, and when the fat cells become very large, they swell out of the compartments and appear as cellulite.
In men, the collagen is tighter, diagonally, and the skin is thicker, which reduces the swelling of individual fat cells. Another factor in cellulite is the high level of estrogen, as this hormone has a direct effect on the fat cell’s ability to retain fat cells by increasing the alpha-adrenoreceptors, the chemical gates that tell your fat cells to retain their contents. Poor nutrition, poor circulation and poor lymphatic circulation can all contribute to the development of cellulite.
TREATING SKIN WITH CELLULITE
There are several additional steps you can take for the treatment of cellulite. Consider your skin care regimen and adapt it to the needs of skin that tends to swell with fluids, store fat and have poor circulation.
Nutrition: Although cellulite is a skin condition, it is closely related to the storage of excess fat. If you are significantly overweight, you should definitely make changes to your diet. The dietary enzyme bromelain can improve the general circulation of your skin and fat tissue by eliminating the accumulation of fibrin on the walls of blood vessels. The treatment of cellulite requires a two-pronged approach: the first is to reduce the fat cells themselves, the second is to regenerate collagen and strengthen the skin outside the swollen fat cells.
Cleansing: When cleansing your skin, use your washcloth or your loufah to massage the area where cellulite appears. At first, use a circular motion, then use an upward brushing motion towards the intestines. This will improve circulation and swelling, and help remove toxins and metabolic waste products from the tissues and interstitial spaces around collagen and fat cells.
Other treatments :
– Dry Skin Brushing: Learn to dry brush your skin at least twice a day – in the morning and before going to bed. Brushing the skin offers many benefits in the treatment of cellulite. First of all, it is an “exercise” for your skin, and it strengthens the underlying dermis and the collagen structure in the subcutaneous layer. It stimulates tissue growth and repair by increasing blood flow to this area. It also helps remove toxins and metabolic waste products from the interstitial fluids that surround the tissues.
– Hormones: Cellulite is often associated with the use of HRT and birth control pills. The high estrogen levels of these drugs can increase the ability of fatty tissue to store fat and cause it to swell, pushing the skin away and causing cellulite. If you are using birth control pills for contraception, you can ask your doctor for a lower dose of estrogen or a non-hormonal form, such as an IUD. If you are on hormone replacement therapy, you may consider switching to a lower dose, adding a progesterone cream, or using a lower formula, such as an estrogen cream.
– Habits: Get into the habit of crossing your legs, knees and ankles. This reduces circulation and increases swelling. Try to keep moving regularly, without sitting or standing for long periods of time.
– Exercise: Regular exercise is necessary to improve cellulite. Not only does it help reduce the appearance of cellulite by burning the fatty acids that cause it, but it also reduces the risk of inflammation. It also improves blood circulation and helps remove toxin-filled waste products from the skin. Follow a walking program, or exercise in the bathroom during breaks.
– Body wraps : Body wraps, whether professional or homemade, can improve the appearance of cellulite. Body wraps use a combination of minerals and herbs that stimulate fat cells to release their contents, absorb toxins from the skin and reduce swelling. In general, you will find stimulating herbs such as kelp or algae that stimulate the fat burning process in the cells. You will find cosmetic clays that remove toxins and waste products from the pores, as well as horsetail and horse chestnut that reduce edema (swelling) and provide minerals to strengthen the skin. These formulas are applied to the skin using compression wraps. For home wrapping recipes, visit the Botanical Beauty Lab website.
– Massage: Massage, especially one that improves lymphatic flow, is very good for reducing the appearance of cellulite. It improves the removal of metabolic waste products and toxins from the interstitial tissue around the fatty tissue, and gives the skin a smoother appearance. Many professionals offer cellulite massages, including lymphatic massage and endermology, but if this is out of your budget, you can try a home massage device. There are many, ranging from a simple round-toothed hand tool to a motorized massager that provides heat, massage and suction similar to professional endermology devices.
SUPPLEMENTS FOR CELLULITE REDUCTION
Alfalfa : Alfalfa is a natural diuretic that helps balance the body’s interstitial fluids and reduces swelling and edema. It is also a phytoprogesterone, which helps to balance excess estrogen that can aggravate cellulite.
Borage Oil: Borage oil contains large amounts of gamma-linoleic acid, which is an important fatty acid for strengthening cell walls.
Bromelain: Bromelain is a natural enzyme found in natural foods that helps in the digestion of proteins. Consumption of bromelain helps to eliminate the accumulation of fibrin in fine blood vessels. This improves and increases circulation to the skin, and contributes to repair and rejuvenation.
Horsetail: Horse chestnut is a herb that contains high levels of the mineral silica, used in the repair and maintenance of skin cells.
Cider Vinegar contains a set of important enzymes and helps to balance the body’s pH. It is also a good source of potassium, which is necessary to balance fluids in the body.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides that are easily absorbed and used by the body as fuel. It has the ability to stimulate the thyroid gland, which increases body temperature and metabolism, and is known to improve the burning of excess fat.
Ginkgo Biloba is a natural blood thinner that increases microcirculation to the skin and fat cells.
Gotu Kolu is a natural source of caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the beta-adrenoreceptors on the surface of fat cells to release their fatty acid reserves, thus contributing to the combustion of excess fat.
Green Tea: Green tea is a mild stimulant that contains caffeine as well as powerful antioxidants that help skin cells replicate and repair themselves.
MSM: It is an important mineral that is necessary for skin cell repair.
EXTERNAL TREATMENTS FOR CELLULITE
Aloe vera contains alatoin, which soothes and heals the skin. It has been clinically shown to increase skin microcirculation and accelerate the healing of skin tissue.
Concreteite clay is a natural mineral clay that is known for its ability to absorb impurities and toxins from the skin through the pores.
Horsetail, ginkgo biloba, kelp and green tea also act externally and can be added to lotions or creams to massage problem areas.
Many experts have recommended the use of coffee grounds as an exfoliating scrub for areas prone to cellulite. Coffee grounds act as an exfoliant, as caffeine is absorbed by the skin and stimulates the beta-adrenoreceptors of fat cells to release their contents.
Dead Sea Salts and kelp contain powerful minerals that help repair skin cells as well as mineral iodine which can help the metabolism of underlying fat cells.
There are also many formulas and commercial methods available for the reduction of cellulite.
Many also contain kelp, rockweed and other herbs mentioned here.
Remember that reducing cellulite is a two-step process. The cause of cellulite is the presence of oversized fat cells that have stretched the collagen structure underlying the skin. The first step is to reduce body fat, and many herbs and nutrients, both external and internal, can speed up the process. The skin and collagen need vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to rebuild itself properly. Too much fluid can aggravate the problem, so it is important to stay hydrated and circulate well. Drink plenty of fluids and stay active to increase circulation in the lymphatic system. With a little effort, the appearance of cellulite can be reduced.