Cellulite is a common skin concern caused by persistent subcutaneous fatty deposits that push up against the connective tissue within the skin, giving the skin a ‘lumpy’ or ‘dimpled’ appearance. Cellulite is mostly noticed on the buttocks, thighs, stomach and arms, but may also affect other areas of the body including the lower legs. Whilst cellulite itself is harmless, this concern bothers most people due to its unsightly appearance.
Factors contributing to the appearance of cellulite:
Cellulite is more commonly noticed in females; however men too can struggle with this concern. Cellulite is further not restricted to those who are overweight and may even be noticed in the slender body type. There are many contributing factors to the formation of cellulite including:
- Poor diet, high carbohydrate intake and following short term fad diet trends leading to weight fluctuations, may cause an increase in fatty deposits occurring within the tissues.
- A sluggish metabolism and genetics promote the building up of fatty deposits within the skin due to imbalances in both the thyroid and liver function.
- A sedentary lifestyle contributes to poor muscle tone along with an increase in fatty deposits underlying the skin.
- Hormonal fluctuations may lead to the breakdown of connective tissue which, when combined with excessive fatty deposits, leads to the formation of cellulite.
- Lack of water and fibre intake leads to poor elimination of toxins from the body.
Lifestyle changes helping improve on the appearance of cellulite:
Whilst eradication of a cellulite concern is near impossible due to the many factors that influence its formation, there are steps that one can take to assist with the appearance of cellulite as follows:
- Eat a balanced diet – restrict size of helpings of fruits. Incorporating vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains into your diet provides you with all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to effectively burn fat whilst keeping your skin and tissues healthy. Healthy proteins as found in meat, fish, pulses, nuts, seeds and eggs along with protective anti-oxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables, help to preserve and promote the healthy formation of collagen and elastin, thereby strengthening the connective tissue in order to help plump up and smooth out the surface of the skin.
- Exercise regularly – Increasing your frequency of aerobic exercise will, in turn, increase your metabolic rate i.e. the rate at which your body effectively burns fat. This in turn may help to reduce the size of subcutaneous fatty deposits present within the skin, thereby minimising the ‘dimpled’ appearance associated with cellulite.
- Resistance training – resistance or strength training works to build muscle, especially in areas prone to cellulite. This helps to improve muscle tone, thereby improving the tone and texture of the skin.
- Hydration – Staying hydrated allows for effective removal of waste products and toxins from the body. Pure water intake in turn minimises the body’s need to retain water, thereby helping to prevent swelling and bloating.
Topically targeting cellulite:
Many over-the-counter preparations and creams claim to be effective in the fight against cellulite, however not all cellulite creams are created equal. DermaFix Cellulite Tone & Tighten is a thermo-active formulation that increases circulation, working to improve cellular metabolism whilst effectively reducing fatty deposits within the skin. DermaFix Cellulite Tone & Tighten may be used on any problematic areas including stomach, top of the arms, thighs and buttocks and offers visible results within a short period of time. Apply DermaFix Cellulite Tone & Tighten onto the skin with disposable gloves. Day application recommended due to thermo-effect.
Effective control of cellulite is an on-going process that involves combining the above mentioned lifestyle and product recommendations. For more information on the DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care range of products, contact us on 0861 28 23 23 or visit our website