When Bridget Jones hid her ‘wobbly bits’ under a blanket while dressing in front of her man, every woman in the audience nodded her head sagely in sympathy. They knew exactly what she was talking about. Cellulite; that dimpled foe that can take up residence on our gluteus maximus and surrounding areas at any age. You can lose or gain weight, run around in circles, cut out entire food groups and drink all manner of magic teas and still find that dimpled skin tenaciously hanging on for dear life. So what is cellulite? What causes it and, most importantly, how can we treat it? Here’s Solvaderm’s guide to helping you banish cellulite.
What is cellulite?
Put simply it’s fat. This is why it appears primarily on our bottom, hips and thighs. Now a certain amount of fat in these areas is not only unavoidable but to be welcomed. Not only does it provide a cushion for us to sit on, but women are genetically programmed to have more fat than men in anticipation of foetal development during pregnancy. What gives cellulite its appearance is that these pockets of fat are pressed up against interconnective tissue creating that dimpled orange peel effect.
What causes cellulite?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of cellulite. It is thought that there is a hereditary element at play in terms of how fat is stored and where it is deposited on the body. Metabolic changes and fluctuations in hormones caused by childbirth or endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or thyroid disease, are also seen as culprits. Lifestyle issues that can contribute to slowing circulation, like smoking, sitting for long periods and even wearing clothing that are too tight, are also seen as causative.
There are a number of courses of action that are seen as beneficial to reducing cellulite. While exercise alone will not get rid of it, the less body fat there is, the less noticeable it will be. Therefore, exercises that aim to reduce overall body fat and target muscle toning in areas where cellulite is prevalent can help limit its visibility. Likewise, a healthy lifestyle including a high fluid intake and increased circulation will reduce toxins building up in the body. Liposuction may be the best solution in more severe cases, but topical treatments such as Cellmaxa from Solvaderm can reduce the appearance of cellulite as well.
With a dual approach, Cellmaxa contains ingredients that help to burn fatty deposits along with those that plump out and smooth the surface of the skin. Fat deposits in existing cells push against connective tissue creating the bulging that gives cellulite its distinctive appearance.
The trademarked active complexes used in Cellmaxa not only help to break down these deposits but also to prevent their accumulation.
Exercise, diet and lifestyle can all help with the reduction of cellulite but in order to keep this unsightly problem at bay, Solvaderm recommend gently massaging the area with Cellmaxa morning and evening.