Preventing Cellulite

Cellulite - what is it?

Many of us are only too familiar with the orange peel appearance of cellulite which commonly appears on thighs and bottoms but can also be seen on calves, ankles, stomach, and upper arms. It is common among women whether they are seventeen or seventy, slender or carrying a few extra pounds. Cellulite is fat, water and lymphatic fluid trapped in a webbing of tough collagen fibres under the skin. If this connective tissue becomes weakened, small pockets of fat and fluid can push through causing the skin above to pucker.

And most importantly, what can we do about it?

Unfortunately, how much cellulite we have is often down to genetics but there are a few things we can do to reduce the problem;

  • Try body brushing as this really is great to help stimulate the lymphatic system. Using a firm body brush on dry skin before your shower, brush in long strokes, always working towards the heart. The result will be smoother skin with reduced dimpling.
  • Exercise is a great weapon against cellulite. Firstly, adding more muscle tone to your legs and bottom supports the skin structure from the inside, making it look firmer. Secondly, exercise improves the circulation and boosts metabolism and lymphatic drainage in the body, so cells hold less water. Aim for a regular mix of resistance-training exercises and cardio work.
  • Use a cellulite reducing cream or gel such as Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Gel. Refreshing and invigorating grapefruit, rosemary and juniper even-out skin tone and texture and maintain a healthy micro-circulation. Massage it into problem areas daily.
  • Massage, either with your cream and gel at home, or at the salon can reduce the appearance of cellulite by removing excess water from beneath the skin.