Because of Covid-19 and the multiple confinements we had to undergo, our bodies and minds have been put to a severe test. This is what the increase of more than 170% on the query "how to get rid of cellulite" may suggest.
If the latter was already among the biggest concerns of women, it has now exploded.
Ladies, you should know that it is perfectly normal to have cellulite. It is a phenomenon that affects more than 90% of women, whether they are thin or overweight, young or old. It is nevertheless possible to get rid of it, or at least to reduce it by adopting the right gestures. We explain it all to you in this article!
What is cellulite and what causes it?
Cellulite is an accumulation of fat cells and toxins that could not be evacuated by the body. It is this subcutaneous accumulation that causes lesions and forms the appearance of the famous orange peelfrom the outside. As we said in the introduction, this phenomenon affects more women, whatever their morphology. Cellulite can be found in several areas of the body, such as the thighs, the stomach or the buttocks.
There are several types of cellulite and some are harder to get rid of than others: water cellulite, fat cellulite and fibrous cellulite. If you would like to have more information on this subject, don't hesitate to read the special file on how to get rid of cellulite on the Good Morning Sunshine blog. Depending on the type of cellulite, the causes and solutions are obviously different (hormones, diet, sedentary lifestyle, genetics, etc.). If it is impossible to get rid of it completely, the combination of a healthy diet and physical exercise can greatly reduce the layer of fat under the skin, which makes cellulite less visible.
The 3 things that affect the appearance of cellulite
Hormones, and more precisely hormonal imbalances, are one of the most common causes of the appearance of cellulite. They can occur during pregnancy, menopause, as well as when taking hormonal contraceptives or during hormone replacement therapy. When estrogen starts to decrease with age, it causes a decrease in blood circulation. With less blood flow, there is less oxygen and nutrients in the area, which leads to a decrease in collagen production.
The fat cells also begin to grow, causing them to outgrow the collagen and give rise to cellulite.
Age is also a determining factor in the visibility of cellulite. Indeed, cellulite becomes more visible with age because the skin thins and loses its elasticity.
Finally, the amount of exercise you do can have an impact. Tightening the muscle underneath the cellulite helps smooth out the appearance of the skin.
Solutions to get rid of cellulite
Exercise helps maintain a healthy body fat level, improves blood circulation and muscle tone in cellulite-prone areas. Improved circulation helps keep your skin and cells healthier while promoting the elimination of waste products and excessive fluid retention, which again exacerbates the appearance of cellulite. While regular physical activity helps fight cellulite and is good for your body, don't rely on it all.
While no one diet or food group causes cellulite (or is the solution), some may exacerbate the problem. For example, foods high in salt, such as prepared foods, should be avoided. They contain a large amount of sodium, which increases water retention in your body and can make cellulite look worse. Alcohol and soft drinksFoods rich in sugar can contribute to fat storage, as can foods rich in refined sugar (cookies, cakes, etc.). On the other hand, choose foods rich in vitamin C, which stimulate collagen (found in kiwis, oranges and tomatoes, among others) and can help your skin look smoother. The same goes for foods rich in antioxidants. In short, eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods.
In addition to adopting a healthier lifestyle, anti-cellulite massages can help you reduce your orange peel skin: draining massage, lymphatic massage, palpate-roll, etc. There are many different types of massages and you should choose yours according to your type of cellulite. In addition, anti-cellulite creams and homemade scrubs can also complement your "fight" against cellulite. Keep in mind that there is no miracle cure, but that it is rather the combination of several factors that will help you reduce this phenomenon.