Cellulite is among the blemishes most hated by women: the famous orange peel skin is capable of creating a lot of discomfort and embarrassment, especially during the summer months when we tend to discover parts of the body.
Have you ever walked into a store, found exactly what you were looking for, but didn’t buy it for fear that it might highlight the presence of cellulite? We are now used, also thanks to the models continuously proposed on social networks, to always seek perfection and to perceive every imperfection as an unnatural problem to be fixed as soon as possible.
The normal fact is that the skin can have imperfections over time that are often not even noticed from the outside: the first step is therefore always accepting the changes in our body and the messages it sends. Having said that, however, it is possible to avoid these imperfections by implementing some precautions.
Before understanding how it can be avoided, it is useful to explain what cellulite is. It is an imbalance of the adipose tissue in the tissue under the skin: when there are malfunctions of the circulatory and lymphatic system, the fat cells swell and break, compressing the microcirculation and creating inflammation.
It is present to a greater extent in women (about 90%), but it can also appear in men. The most affected points are the thighs and buttocks; in some cases, it is also present on the abdomen and upper limbs.
Like many other diseases, the causes of cellulite can be different. In the common imagination, it is primarily associated with conditions of overweight and obesity; of course, this is one of the causes, but not the only one, and here I am addressing my readers directly: having cellulite is not necessarily a symptom of being fat, on the contrary, it can occur even if you have a correct diet and training. There are other almost more important factors that play in the formation of orange peel skin:
However, it is also important to keep your lifestyle under control as stress, an unbalanced wake-sleep alternation, smoking, and a diet rich in fats, sugars, and alcohol can favor its formation.
There are different degrees of cellulite generation, classified according to severity and aesthetics.
It is an initial phase in which it is not visible except by compressing the area with the hands and there is water retention. It is usually sufficient to pay attention to nutrition, moisturize the skin well and massage it to facilitate microcirculation.
It is the stage in which the characteristic holes of cellulite begin to be noticed; fat cells are larger and harder and become fibrous.
The last degree in which the fabric hardens presents an irregular profile and the skin can be colder and sore to the touch than the rest of the body.
Water retention, unlike cellulite which is the result of an inflammatory process, is a problem linked to the tendency of cells to retain and accumulate liquids, salts, and toxins. It is usually caused by a lack of balance of sodium and potassium: these two minerals are very important in the functioning of cells.
If these are in an imbalance situation, they can favor an alteration of the venous and lymphatic circulation. Those who suffer from water retention do not always have cellulite and this is also true in reverse: in the presence of cellulite, water retention is not always the cause.
The battle against this imperfection can be challenging, but not impossible. To eliminate cellulite, the first step is a lifestyle.
Nutrition is very important. I always recommend eating healthy dishes that are not too high in fat; moreover, very water-rich foods are to be preferred. Beware, these foods are not only found in the summer just do some research to find that many seasonal foods abound. It is also important to stay well hydrated to facilitate the body in its functions and to eliminate accumulated toxins.
Secondly, it is best to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. If you are forced to spend many hours in the same position, it is useful to take more breaks and move a little and maybe take the opportunity to drink a glass of water. Physical activity then helps tone the muscles and promotes circulation. After the exercise, the legs can be held up to allow the blood to flow back to the heart.
The anti-cellulite treatments in circulation are among the most diverse: grandmother’s remedies, supplements, creams, and muds. In some cases, the latter two can help but require a constant and regular application. Often, if the application is stopped, cellulite recurs in a short time. They are also solutions that can be rich in iodine and other substances not suitable for those who, for example, have thyroid problems.
Aesthetic medicine has taken the field providing two types of treatments to cure and reduce cellulite.
It is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses microwaves and is the latest novelty to effectively combat cellulite, adiposity, and skin laxity; the waves, which are emitted only in contact with the skin, stimulate the production of collagen, also dissolving the excess fat that will be eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. It is an excellent solution as it can be performed throughout the year and without age limits; it is also painless and can be applied to all parts of the body, guaranteeing a lasting result over time.