You can’t avoid it, and you keep trying to make up excuses, telling yourself that it’s normal and that a ton of women have it. Which is true, but is there anything you can do about it? Cellulite is not a pretty site. It can make any woman feel less beautiful and self conscious about their body, even if you’re in shape and healthy. I know we’ve always been told there is no cure and that there is nothing you can do to reduce the cottage cheese spreading up your thigh, or is there?
Cellulite is only one of many skin problems women tend to develop. A lot of doctors claim it’s genetic, if you’re mother developed it, most likely you will as well. Cellulite, fatty deposits of dimpled skin, can appear on even the most fabulously thin body. That’s because it is not a fat problem, cellulite is a skin problem. It can develop on your thighs, buttocks, tummy, and upper arms. It’s definitely not cute for bathing suit season! No matter how hard or long you exercise, this problem will most likely never go away. That’s because the fat that causes cellulite is not the same as the fat that makes us gain weight. The fat that causes us to gain weight is far below your skin, and is what out body burns as fuel for energy. Cellulite is made up of fat cells that reside in the skin. They can’t be burned as fuel, that’s why exercise, liposuction, and even dieting won’t help.
Cellulite can develop at any age. Hormones could be a key reason, along with genetics, to this not so cute problem. To make things even more complicated, the circulatory system that feeds the skin cells and lymph vessels tend to get damaged over time, which makes cellulite more apparent.
Some Ideas that can help:
If you’re looking for a cheap alternative, there are some lotions and cream that can stimulate cell circulation, melt fat, and move fluid and toxins out to reduce signs of cellulite. Although these alternatives are never permanent, it is worth a try to keep it under control and reduce its appearance.
Caffeine creams tend to work great to pull fluids out of the cells and induce fat burning in the layer right below the skin, therefore smoothing out the bumps. Methylxanthines, a form of caffeine, is found in a lot of these creams. The higher the amount of methylxanthine, the better the cream will work. The process to visibly reduce cellulite is about 8 weeks.
Some products that you might find helpful:
- Neutrogena’s Anti-Cellulite Treatment
- CelluSculpt Anti-Cellulite Slimming Treatment by Avon
Eat a diet that “feeds” the skin. Foods that are rich in nutrients such as lecithin, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants tend to reduce cellular inflammation, reduce fluids, and increase circulation in skin cells. This can help with making cell membranes strong and keeps the cellulite from creeping to the surface.
Medical Related Options:
TriActive- TriActive uses light energy to melt cellulite while massaging the skin to increase circulation and encourage drainage of lymph vessels. It is FDA approved, and it also relies on a laser light. It seems to me like it would be a pretty decent alternative if you’re willing to spend over $1,000 dollars.
Endermologie- A deep massage that uses rollers to suction to affect the skin’s connective tissue, stimulates blood flow, and lymphatic drainage, and triggers the body’s natural system for eliminating fat from cells. Once again, another pricey investment, but might be worth a try.
There are some other options out there like using retinol cream (typically used in wrinkle creams) that are supposed to help with tightening up skin cells, so it might be worth a shot. But overall, staying fit and eating a well balanced diet will help keep cellulite under control. Most of these treatments do not permanently erase cellulite, but will help reduce the appearance of it.