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Less known cellulite risk factors

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
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and color of your skin

 

Now to less known factors:

Painkillers

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.

Stress

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.

Skin Imperfections defined

SKIN Conditions Defined

Skin imperfections can be anything from: Thread Veins, Red Veins, Broken Capillaries,  Skin Tags, Milia, Rosacea, Broken Capillaries, Freckles etc.

The first step you can take to improve your skin texture is to understand your condition and identify the culprits behind less-than-perfect skin. 

Here are the most common skin imperfections in alphabetical order.

Age Spots

Blemishes on the skin associated with ageing and exposure to UV light.  They are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead.  They range in colour from light brown to red to black.

Broken Capillaries / Thread Veins / Red Veins

These are conditions that are most commonly found on the face (particularly around the nose) and legs. They can be caused by many factors, including ageing, pregnancy, harsh weather and smoking.

Cellulite

The accumulation of fat that presses against the connective tissues underneath a person’s skin, causing a bumpy or ‘cottage cheese-like’ effect. Genetics, hormones and/or diet often serve as the root of the problem.

Hypo-pigmentation

Hypo-pigmentation is the partial loss of skin colour, hypopigmented skin is abnormally light when compared to the surrounding skin and occurs when the skin produces too little melanin.  The most common causes are after an injury to the skin or by regular intake of particular medications.

Melasma

Characterised by dark, irregular patches commonly found on the upper cheeks, nose, lips, upper lip and forehead which often develop over time.  Particularly common in women especially pregnant women and those taking oral or patch contraceptives or HRT medications.  This exact cause is not known but is linked to hormonal changes rather than sun damage

Rosacea

An inflammatory response where the skin becomes flushed and vasodilated very easily.  The symptoms begin with flushing and redness on the central face and across the cheeks, nose or forehead, but can also affect the neck, chest, ears and scalp.

Skin Pigmentation

Conditions that cause the skin to appear blotchy and lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than normal due to an imbalance in melanin, the pigment that determines hair, skin and eye color. Skin pigmentation disorders are caused by varying factors, including sun exposure, allergic reactions and genetic inheritance.

Skin Tags and Milia

Skin tags are very common and normally found around the bust, neck or areas of friction such as the underarm. They are harmless but can be both unsightly and irritating.

Milia are very small, white,  cysts which lie superficially under the surface of the skin, commonly around the eye area.

Stretch Marks

A form of scarring that occurs on the skin and has a white or reddish tint. When the dermis tears due to loss of elasticity and collagen, such scars can appear. Stretch marks also occur when the skin is stretched at a rapid pace (i.e. puberty, weight gain or pregnancy).

Sun Damage

Often the price we pay for tanning, sun damage occurs when the skin is overly exposed to the sun’s intense ultraviolet (UV) rays. While some effects are immediately visible (i.e. sunburns and suntans), others appear over time in the form of unsightly wrinkles and liver spots. Excessive and repeated sun exposure can permanently damage skin cell DNA, resulting in skin cancer.

 

What can you do to improve your skin complexion?

Keeping skin perfectly blemish-free is almost impossible. However, with an effective daily cleansing routine and a thorough understanding of how imperfections can be prevented and reduced, you’ll be on your way towards achieving clearer, more beautiful skin.

Contrary to popular belief, skin imperfections are not caused by eating greasy foods, limited to teenagers, or cured overnight. Regardless of whether you are prone to imperfections or not, there are simple ways to help control and prevent them.

Stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, and hormonal changes can all have an impact on your skin. To keep imperfections at bay, lead a healthy lifestyle and incorporate good skincare products into your regime. Look for anti-bacterial products that also exfoliate the skin surface to help purify and unclog pores.

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