Hands up if you have looked in the mirror and bemoaned the appearance of your cellulite? You are not alone. While it’s good to remember that around 90% of women have cellulite and that it’s a perfectly normal part of life, there’s no doubt that for some, the desire to reduce the appearance of cellulite is strong. In this blog we look at what cellulite is and how you can reduce its appearance.

Why do we get cellulite?

Cellulite is a condition where the skin takes on a dimpled, or ‘orange peel’ appearance. Frequently attributed to poor circulation, hormonal changes, poor diet and improper exercise, cellulite is actually due to malformation of connective tissue below the skin.

Underneath the epidermis lies subcutaneous fat, which, over time can grow. Women with cellulite have more fibrous connective tissue or “cords”, which connect the dermis to the superficial fascia and can over time degenerate causing the epidermis to become rippled or bumpy – cellulite.

There’s some evidence to show that a predisposition to cellulite can be genetic, so if your mother has it, there’s a chance you will too. It’s also a condition that gets worse with age as your estrogen production falls.

It most commonly appears on the stomach, buttocks, thighs and upper arms and can strike regardless of your physical size (yes even Victoria’s Secret models can get it too!).

How can we treat cellulite?

The bad news is that there’s no 100% permanent solution to banish cellulite, but the good news is that there’s much you can do to improve the look of the condition. Lifestyle changes can play a part, as can treatments to address the look of dimpled skin.

Lifestyle changes:

  • Drink more water – cellulite looks worse when you are dehydrated.
  • Reduce your salt intake – salt can make fat cells swell.
  • Eat a good diet with plenty of fibre, whole grains, fruit and vegetables.
  • Exercise more – it will reduce any excess fat and firm and tone your muscles, having a positive impact on the appearance of your skin.
  • Stop smoking – cigarette smoke can reduce circulation and disrupt formation of collagen, which in turn affects connective tissue.

Cellulite beauty busting treatments:

  • Body Detox and Cellulite Reduction Massage Therapy. This treatment focuses on specific massage techniques – gliding strokes, cross fibre friction strokes, deep friction strokes, kneading and lymph drainage. All reduce cellulite by aiding circulation and the detoxification process of the affected cellulite areas. The treatment includes dry brushing, exfoliation, manipulation of cellulite and the breakdown and separation of fat cells.
  • Exfoliation and dry body brushing can have a positive impact on the appearance of cellulite. Both remove layers of dead skin and increase circulation, while dry brushing can reduce inflammation and strengthen your connective tissue. Do it at home or head to the salon for a professional cleansing salt scrub treatment. And remember, applying a good fake tan after exfoliation will also help to camouflage those telltale signs.
  • LED light therapy is great for stimulating collagen and elastin production, increasing circulation, increasing lymph circulation to detox the face and body, stimulating Citochromes (proteins that create reactions in the skin), creating an anti inflammatory / anti bacterial affect and increasing melanin production.

So if you have had enough of your cellulite, there are a number of steps you can take. If you want to talk to us about any of our cellulite treatments either pop into the salon at 765 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HA, email us at info@secretoasisspa.co.uk or give us a call on 020 7371 5118. You can also contact us via our online form.

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