Women have been trying to get rid of cellulite for years using all sorts of lotions, potions, exercises and crazy diets.
So what actually does work?
In this 20 min live video recording I go over the scientifically proven methods that will reduce the appearance of cellulite, as well as the 6 things that you can do starting right now:
Or you may prefer to read on for a brief overview:
What causes cellulite?
Scientists don’t know the exact cause of cellulite, but it appears to be the result of:
1: Structure of the skin.
- In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite.
- In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why they are less likely to have cellulite than women.
2: Condition of the skin.
- Blood flow to the area.
3: Fat cells underneath the skin.
- Genetics and hormones will determine where we store our fat cells.
- Lifestyle will determine how many fat cells we have and how large those fat cells become.
What gets rid of cellulite?
“Overall, certain formulations can improve collagen production and reduce skin laxity but they are rarely effective on cellulite which requires extensive fat, collagen and connective tissue remodelling.”Bertin et al., 2001, Green et al., 2015, Lupi et al., 2007, Pierard-Franchimont et al., 2000
in other words, give the creams a miss!
Unfortunately no treatment has been effective in permanently eradicating cellulite.
However, the treatments listed below have proven effective to improve the appearance of cellulite (the number of treatments will vary between individuals):
- Laser / light devices – This involves inserting a very small laser probe under the skin. The laser is then fired, breaking up the tissue. This can also thicken the skin by increasing collagen production. The thickened skin may reduce the appearance of the cellulite below.
- Acoustic wave therapy – This involves using a hand-held device to transmit sound waves to the subcutaneous tissue to promote fat cell break down, improve local blood flow, enable lymphatic drainage and stimulate the production of new collagen.
- Injectable treatments – This involves injecting dermal fillers to smooth skin irregularities.
- Massage – Experts aren’t exactly sure why massage is beneficial, but one theory is that it increases local blood flow and stimulates the lymphatic system. This means waste materials are transported away more efficiently, improving the appearance of skin.
All these treatments require regular application or the cellulite will reappear. You can learn more from this 2019 research article from the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology.
Lifestyle factors: 6 things you can do right now!
1: Lose fat – Cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat. How do you lose fat? Join my 4 week SBF Challenge.
2: Stop smoking – Smoking reduces blood vessel flow and weakens collagen and connective tissue. This reduces the elasticity of the skin and increases the visibility of underlying cellulite.
3: Drink more water – Dehydration is one of the most common causes of lymphatic congestion. Drinking sufficient water encourages healthy lymphatic function and reduces water retention beneath the skin.
4: Build muscle – Apart from the multitude of other benefits, muscle will improve the texture of the overlying skin.
5: Sleep – Your body and skin regenerate at night. Poor sleep quality also contributes to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers.
6: Massage – Every day! And if you’d like to make this easier, get a massage gun! Here’s a 2020 research article from the International Journal of Cosmetic Science which reports the benefits of cellulite reduction using a hand held massage device.
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