Cellulite, that stubborn fatty tissue that creates lumps and bumps under the skin, affects 80-90% of women and 10% of men. Though its cause and cures continue to stymie medical science, what we do know is that cellulite is what happens when fat cells protrude from the collagen-rich connective tissue under the surface of the skin. It typically shows up after puberty, in areas like the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Recent progress in body positivity is helping those of us affected by cellulite to accept is as a part of being human. It isn’t ugly, or unhealthy; it just is. Still, you might want to reduce the appearance of your cellulite, especially now that summer has arrived, and that’s okay! Here are five realistic ways to reduce cellulite:
We won’t harp on all the health risks associated with smoking here; you know them already. Just remember this: everything is better when you quit, and that includes your appearance. Smoking cigarettes is one of the worst culprits as a cause of premature aging, wrinkles, acne, and weight gain. The good news is, once you quit all of those things will start improving. Since smoking is correlated directly to your body’s predisposition to fat cell storage, quitting may reduce the appearance of cellulite, too.
Although losing weight isn’t necessarily going to make your cellulite disappear completely, following a healthy diet can reduce its appearance considerably. This is because your metabolism functions best when you eat well, so your body is less likely to hold onto excess fatty tissue and other unwanted toxins.
Following a healthy, balanced diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Stick to whole foods, lean protein, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods, which tend to be unhealthy, higher in calories, and lower in nutritional content. Beyond reducing cellulite, eating healthy has countless other benefits, like improving your mood, lowering your risk for diseases, and reducing acne.
Achieving a lean, toned look is its own reward, but if it helps to reduce the look of cellulite—even better. Building muscle mass in stubborn areas that tend to hold onto fatty tissue, like the abdomen, thighs, and backside, is a highly effective way to banish inches and achieve a slimmer look overall. Strength training is the surest route to improving muscle tone, but most women avoid it out of a fear of bulking up—if only it were that easy! The truth is, those bulky muscles we’re used to seeing on bodybuilders require a 24/7 gym routine that most of us don’t have time for. Instead, you can harness the amazing benefits of working out by doing some sort of physical activity for at least thirty minutes, five days a week. Target your cellulite as often as possible by incorporating lower-body workouts into your routine.
Self-care should always be a priority, but sometimes life gets busy and it gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Make time in your schedule to relax, drink a glass of water, and take some deep breaths. Cortisol, the hormone our bodies produce when we’re stressed, is a major factor in how we hang onto fatty tissue in all the areas cellulite is usually found. Taking the time to manage your stress will lead to less cortisol in your system, and eventually, a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Go a step further and schedule a therapeutic massage, or take an Epsom salt bath and moisturize the area with your favorite body lotion. These activities have all been credited with minimizing cellulite, most likely as a result of the stimulation they deliver to the lymphatic system.
Stubborn cellulite might not budge without outside help. Keep in mind that most people have it, and even if you’re fit, slim, and otherwise healthy, you could still be dealing with the appearance of some cellulite. Medical aesthetics treatments shouldn’t be seen as a last resort, but rather as a helpful sidekick in dealing with stubborn issues like cellulite, and in boosting you on your way to achieving your best body goals.
Cellulite reduction treatments with Venus Legacy™ are non-surgical and offered in quick 15-30 minutes sessions with no downtime and long-lasting results. They use Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to produce heat under the skin’s surface. This process works to reduce the volume of fat cells while increasing the production of collagen and elastin fibers under the skin. At the same time, an adjustable pulsed suction (known as VariPulse™) gently pulls the skin upward, allowing the energy to travel deeper into the skin, making the treatment more effective and more comfortable. This dual effort combines to create a slimmer, sculpted look, smoother skin, and a reduction in cellulite. Most people see visible improvements after a couple treatment sessions.
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