Cellulite is best described as that “orange peel effect” which many women (not so many men) see on their thighs, buttocks, hips and arms. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 90% of women will experience some form of cellulite at some time in their life after puberty.
Nowadays we have a much more thorough understanding of cellulite and what causes it; thanks to ongoing research we are beginning to work out ways in which we can minimize it and help women to avoid it altogether. In short, cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker.
Some well known factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is include:
- Poor diet
- Fad dieting
- Slow metabolism
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormone changes
- Total body fat
- Thickness and color of your skin
Now to less known factors:
Important: Taken appropriately and as instructed painkillers will not cause you to get cellulite. This only applies to individuals who may use painkillers inappropriately.
Believe it or not, pain killers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can contribute to cellulite formation. This is due to the fact that these over-the-counter medications are difficult for the liver to process. A liver struggling to deal with your weekly painkiller intake could contribute to a sluggish lymphatic system which in turn means that your thighs and bottom will end up the victims in this scenario! Try to avoid painkillers unless they’re really necessary; aching muscles can be eased with a hot shower or bath…or even a hot water bottle. Headaches can often be helped by drinking water as many are due to dehydration.
Avoiding stress could be easier for some than others; if you live in a city or have a particularly high flying profession then you will probably be more at risk of cellulite than someone who works on a farm or in a sleepy village. This was discovered in a recent study of Parisians where it was found that living in the French capital made people far more likely to have cellulite than those living in the countryside.
Eating Food From Plastic Containers
Even if it’s salad! The plastic boxes which “healthy” food is often sold in are extremely bad for your health because that plastic contains elements called xenoesrogens which interfere with your body’s ability to regulate its natural supply of oestrogen…which makes fat cells swell. Buy your own fresh ingredients and make up your own salads in non plastic containers!
A Cup Of Coffee
More than two cups of tea or coffee per day is seen as “excess” intake and can contribute to cellulite as caffeine contributes to the production of Cortisol which is basically a fat storing hormone!
While cellulite cannot be eliminated by topical product alone, one option worth trying is Slim & Firm Cellulite Cream. In a recent trial 20 volunteers were measured across three waistline tape points before and after a 20 minute session. The average loss achieved was 6.125 cm. For home use, Slim&Firm can be applied after showering with a massage technique. There is no difference in the strength of the ingredients. Trials have shown that results achieved over 14 days will be similar to those in one to two clinic sessions.