Cellulite is a collection of fat deposits lurking below the skin, medically known as gynoid lipodystrophy.
It is goes by a less scary but horrible description of “cottage cheese thighs” or “orange peel skin”.
Although cellulite is found within the fatty tissue, it affects both slim and curvy women.
Unlike cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the body’s connective tissue, cellulite is not a health problem. It’s appearance is the only thing that causes a lot of women angst.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is almost exclusively a female concern – the anatomy of a woman’s skin is different than a man’s and cellulite is primarily about estrogen. As estrogen is released into a woman’s body, fluid builds up in fatty tissues. And women have more fatty tissue than men – particularly throughout the thighs and hips.
The very hormone which helps us relax during pregnancy decreases production of collagen, which is the protein which helps keeps skin elastic and strong. When elasticity decreases, there is a greater likelihood of cellulite.
Cellulite is located in the subsurface – or subcutaneous layer of the skin. It is made of up of connective tissue and fat cells known as the septa. As we age, our skin gets progressively looser and thinner, and connective tissue becomes weaker. Cellulite forms when the structural support of the skin starts to collapse and the fat cells push through it – that’s what causes the ‘dimpled’ look that so many women would like to do away with.
How can we “fix” Cellulite?
Like most things in life, there isn’t a quick fix for getting rid cellulite.
You need patience, and consistency.
|Our lymphatic system plays a critical role in the development of cellulite. The septa becomes stiff because of decreased lymph and blood circulation to the subcutaneous layer of skin. The tissue weakens and the decrease in lymph drainage causes the fluids which should carry away waste to be trapped, the septa then becomes fibrous and tightens even more on the underlying fat cells. The decreased circulation also weakens capillaries and veins, causing the surrounding tissue to harden. Blood reroutes around the cellulite area and the septa fibres continue to thicken and even more fat continues to be deposited. The fats and toxins won’t be removed because of the poor circulation.
Our sweat glands, kidneys, liver and lymph system are all critical to ridding our bodies of toxins. Toxic build-up is the primary cause of the stagnant lymph, which is the main cause of cellulite. When your body is overburdened with chemicals, additives, and other toxins, these organs are unable to keep up. If you think about these organs as screens or filters, it makes sense that they would need to be cleaned regularly in order to work efficiently.
Well balanced hormones also play a role in healthy skin. During periods of great hormonal fluctuation like pregnancy or peri-menopause women may experience an increase in cellulite. We’ve known for many years that oestrogen plays a role in keeping skin elastic and firm, due to the role it plays in increasing the formation of collagen. When your hormones are not balanced, the walls of your veins and lymph vessels are less resilient – and they are not as efficient in removing toxins. This weakness also causes lymph flow and blood to stagnate which contributes to the stiffening of the septa.
Your body’s systems are all connected, and the cellulite you see is a symptom of something going on in your body. It’s important to clear your body of toxins regularly, feed your body what it needs and be aware of ways to keep your hormones balanced.
Here’s what you can recommended to clients to help treat Cellulite:
- Be aware of toxins and limit your exposure to them. Preservatives, chemicals, additives, alcohol and caffeine all test your lymph system. Eliminate sugar completely from your diet. Sugar interferes with Vitamin C metabolism and vitamin C is critical to the formation of elastin and collagen.
- Breathe! Breathing helps lymphatic flow – and it helps you relax. Be mindful to breathe several times a day.
- Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps increase muscle tone and burn fat. Both help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Book a regular massage. This will help drain and increase your lymphatic fluid. Become familiar with the gentle finger movements that create pressure to move lymph fluid through your nodes and vessels.
- Manage your stress. When our bodies are stressed, blood is directed away from the skin, affecting circulation and decreasing the nutrients being delivered to our skin. Increased cortisol tells the body to store fat which contributes to cellulite.
- Dry body brushing. Do this every day 15 mins before a shower. Gently massage areas of cellulite – massage the area in a circular motion. This will help break down fat and toxins and increase blood flow to the area.
- Aromatherapy oils Juniper and Cypress have a diuretic effect so they are the two essential oils most effective in treating cellulite. Mix five drops of each along with five drops of each mandarin and lavender oils into 100ml almond or any other carrier oil on the cellulite area after a shower. Gently massage in a circular motion. Only use this oil externally.
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