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How To Defeat The Annoying Cellulite Problem

Aug 18, 2007
Many women are afraid of getting cellulite. However, not all of us know exactly what cellulite is, where it comes from, or what we can do about it. Don't let cellulite be a menace that you don't understand. Here are some basic facts about it.

Cellulite is what we call deposits of fibrous, fatty tissue. It generally looks dimpled under the skin. Women are the most prone to get this condition, generally on the hips and thighs.

It is made up of accumulated toxins and fat, and the problem may be contributed to by hormonal changes. This might also explain why this lumpy, cosmetically unattractive problems is mostly suffered by females.

Cellulite doesn't just happen because you're fat. Anyone, male or female, can get cellulite, at any body weight or size. As much as ninety-eight percent of women have some amount of cellulite on their bodies. This is much more prevalent in women of Caucasian descent than other groups. Asian women are particularly noted for not suffering from this problem as much.

Diet may be a factor in the accumulation of cellulite, as well as genetic background. Surprisingly, weight management isn't a big contributor to the appearance of cellulite.

Heavier body types are susceptible to this problem. But it's found on lighter weight women with small builds as well. Men can even get signs of cellulite.

There are several factors which can contribute to the accumulation of cellulite:

1. Genetic makeup and heredity. If your parents had cellulite, there's a pretty good chance that you'll develop it too, at some point in your life.

2. Inadequate hydration. Most people don't consume enough water over the course of the day. Doctors recommend that you take in seven to eight glasses every day, to help flush out toxins and other wastes.

3. Poor diet. People who eat a lot of fatty or overly processed foods, or drink a lot of alcohol or caffeine may have more toxin accumulation than those who don't. Although consuming caffeine can contribute to cellulite accumulation, caffeine injected directly into an affected area or topically applied has been used to treat the condition.

4. Smoking. Cigarettes can reduce the effectiveness of your blood circulation. This affects how much blood gets to your skin, and can reduce its elasticity.

5. Interference from medications. Some medications can cause problems with the body's natural purification and waste removal systems, leading to a number of problems, including cellulite.

Visually, it is undesirable. Having it can produce other side effects too, like poor self esteems and trouble in social interaction. Because of this, many people are very frightened of getting this skin problem. Getting rid of it seems to be hopeless. However, this isn't entirely true. It's almost impossible to prevent cellulite from developing, but the symptoms can be reduced.

Maintaining skin elasticity helps to improve the appearance of an area with cellulite. Adequate hydration and some topical creams and lotions may help improve the elasticity of your skin.

Moisturizing daily and protecting your skin from the sun's harmful effects can keep it firm. That means that cellulite will have less opportunity to cause dimpling.

Stay in good shape. A good muscle tone and good overall health, including a regular routine of exercise, can help to lessen the effects of cellulite. You can shape and firm problem areas. Exercise also enhances circulation, making sure that your skin has adequate blood flow to keep it healthy.

Maintain a good diet. Watching what you eat is important for all parts of your life. It can help to decrease the evidence of cellulite, as well as keeping you healthy overall. Pay good attention to fat content and ingredients, and make sure you distinguish between food that you eat as an occasional treat and food you eat all the time. Remember that Asian women don't suffer from cellulite very often. A diet including many fresh vegetables and very little red meat could help your reduce your symptoms.

Detoxification diets can help to remove toxins from your body. They can also enhance your metabolism, speeding up your digestion. If you use one of these diets, you'll probably have to eliminate processed and refined foods for a period of time, and concentrate on fresh, simple foods.

Try a body wrap. You can get these at many different beauty salons and day spas. A mixture of seaweed and algae, in conjunction with hydrating lotions, is used to improve your circulation and skin moisture. This is only a temporary solution, however, and should only be used in conjunction with other treatments.

Caffeine injections have been used to help reduce cellulite. These should be embarked upon with care and with the permission of your doctor. Some people even attempt to use liposuction to reduce the dilemma. However, this treatment is expensive, and not always effective. It was developed to treat deeper fat deposits, and cellulite tends to be a surface problem.

Massage therapy may be effective, particularly a technique called endermologie. In this case, a system of rollers and a vacuum device are used to manipulate the skin. This promotes circulation and smooths the skin for a time.

Creams are available to help reduce the appearance of this skin problem. They may use such ingredients as green tea extract to increase the rate at which your body breaks down fat, Retinol A to target and rejuvenate the tissues of your skin, and extract of algae, which is intended to help break down epidermal fat.

Left untreated, this tissue phenomena will not cause any health problems, but it will also not go away or get better. It tends to increase as we age. People have been looking for ways to put an end to this annoying condition for centuries.

There's still no cure, but there are many different options available to the person interested in reducing cellulite. Which treatment will be effective for you will of course vary.
About the Author
Ken Black is the owner of Skin Care Reviews, a website about skin care. Visit us to learn the latest about Cellulite Treatments.
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