Cellulite, Saaaaayyy what! That word feels a bit like Harry Potter land not being able to say the ‘V’ word. The beauty gossip is once you have ‘orange peel’ skin, it’s sticking to you like glue and there ain’t nothing you can do about it. Well let’s empower ourselves lovelies, their ain’t nothing we can DO nothing about!! Let’s sit down with a cuppa and chat ‘what the heck is cellulite’ and ‘How to reduce cellulite’. Trust me once you understand what it is, it starts to make sense what MIGHT actually work – hooray!
The first stop in understanding how to reduce cellulite is to understand what the heck it is. Just hearing THAT word, makes you want to run and hide, ya know, because we’ve been told there ain’t nothing you can do about it AND, well if we can run and hide from it, why wouldn’t we. It makes perfect, logical sense *wink wink*!
Cellulite is kinda like bubble wrap. Warning: Stationary analogy coming attcha. So that bubbles wrap, if you saw it before it left the factory, before it had been pumped full of that ‘oh so fun to squish out’ air, it would be flat and dimple free! Then when it gets pumped full of air, that air flows into the little pockets that bubble wrap already has and, BOOM, therapy strength bubble wrap ready to POP. Cellulite forming in skin is SNAP to therapy strength bubble wrap. See under your top layer of skin, there are little skin ‘pockets’ that are exactly like a bubble wrap, ‘bubble’. These skin pockets are completely NATURAL, each pocket is made by ‘connective tissue’ that hold your skin to the muscle underneath it. Your skin is like the top layer of the bubble wrap that moves when it’s inflated. Your muscle is the bottom ‘smooth’ side of the bubble wrap, and your skin’s connective tissue is what makes sure the whole bubble wrap sheet doesn’t inflate!
If there’s a pocket, it’s only right to use it ‘ey! Even if it’s one of the tiny-weeny ones, obviously we are just trying to make it feel ‘fulfilled’ with its purpose in life *wink*. So like bubble wrap is filled with air, our skin pockets get filled with ‘fat cells’.
When more fat cells pop into those skin pockets, they start to ‘swell’ like bubble wrap – and this my lovelies is the cause of Cellulite.
WHAT MAKES YOU ‘AT RISK’ OF GETTING CELLULITE?
The key reason you may develop cellulite is because you are female. Yozer! Why? Geez these men get off so lightly ‘ey! There are 3 main and BIGGY differences between the skin of men and women.
Firstly, and the MAIN reason why men do not tend to suffer from cellulite, is that their connective tissue is different, instead of making ‘skin pockets’ like ours, men’s make something looking more like a sieve that doesn’t make those ‘therapy strength’ poppable bubbles. Next is that their top layer of skin is ‘thicker’, that makes it harder for any fat to ‘poke’ through. Men’s final ‘cellulite saver’ is they have LESS body fat, it’s normal for a women to have 20-25% and a man to have 10-15%. That is A-ok lovelies, we can rest safe in the knowledge that IF there was an apocalypse, and supermarkets were no longer, our bodies have a topped up survival supply – hooray!
80-90% of women have Cellulite. Some have it only if you ‘squeeze’ skin together, and some have it without the squeeze. Trust me lovelies, this is so COMMON, and actually super natural, you might not see it EVERYWHERE but that’s mostly because of airbrushing, clever concealment AND some insider ‘know how’ on ‘how to reduce cellulite’.
HOW TO REDUCE CELLULITE
Cellulite gets born in our skin pockets when they get too full of fat cells. So if we think about ‘Why the heck cellulite gets born’, you can break it down into 3 things happening;
- More fat cells in each ‘skin pocket’.
- That top layer of skin being very easy to ‘form’ into those bubble wrap like dimples. [it’s not as ‘thick’ as men’s skin]
- The ‘pattern’ of skin’s connective tissue
So let’s get to the most exciting part, ‘How to reduce Cellulite’. I have 3 KEY ways for YOU my lovely, but before you get onto them let me remind you that YOU are awesome and beautiful even WITH Cellulite, in-fact you PULL it off just darn fine my lovely!
1. REDUCE CELLULITE BY DECREASING YOUR BODY FAT %
This doesn’t mean ‘diet to lose weight’, oh no lovelies, don’t let me separate you from those awesome chef-ups you got going on in your kitchen! Even if you have your ‘perfect’ figure, you might still have cellulite because of your body fat %. Having a slimmer figure, doesn’t actually mean you are healthier. Someone who ‘technically’ would weight wise be slim, could have the same body fat % as someone who weight wise would fall into ‘over-weight’. It’s the same way that body-builders ‘technically’ fall into being ‘obese’ because they weigh ALOT, the scales don’t notice that that is ALLLLLLL muscle baby!
This is your FIRST way to reduce the appearance of cellulite by reducing your body fat %. That means get your body some fun-loving exercise and a munch down on a SUPERFOOD balanced diet!
HOW TO REDUCE CELLULITE: Reduce your body fat %.
2. REDUCE CELLULITE BY STRENGTHENING SKIN
Cellulite can look worse as skin ages because skin gets ‘weaker’. Think of all the balloons you used to get from friends parties when you were a ‘wee’ little ‘un. Balloons are like a super sped-up version of our skin aging. When balloons get older, they get weaker, and where their once smooth balloon like shape once was they start to ‘ripple’ and ‘dimple’. Wherever the balloon gets weaker, stuff gets less smooth.
So lovelies, we need to keep skin healthy and strong. That means it will be thicker, more elastic and less likely to ‘SHOW’ cellulite.
The Mayo Clinic quote a study that showed using a Vitamin A (Retinol) cream over 6 months, reduced the appearance of Cellulite. WHOOO! Vitamin A is a little skin hero, from acne fighting to anti-aging. One of its super-powers is to THICKEN skin. You’re already there aren’t you (!) you’re just TOO awesomely quick at joining these dots. Vitamin A makes skin ‘thicker’ and stronger which can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Whay!
Check out this post on Vitamin A to figure out HOW to find it in your skincare.
Apart from Vitamin A, I would also recommend other skin strengthening and skin ‘stimulating’ ingredients like Vitamin C and fruit based acids like Glycolic. Body brushing/a good ol’ Loofa to strengthen skin AND protection (sunscreen! & antioxidants) to stop skin getting weaker. All of these skin ‘strengthening’ helpers are ONE step further down the road of ‘How to reduce Cellulite’.
HOW TO REDUCE CELLULITE: Use creams containing skin strengthening ingredients (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Glycolic acid and a good ol’ loofa are safe bets) AND skin protective ingredients (sunscreen and antioxidants).
3. REDUCE CELLULITE BY ACOUSTIC WAVE THERAPY OR 1440NM LASERS
A pair of ‘Bose’ for the thigh’s anyone? This year, 2 awesome scientists did a WHOLE review of ALL the significant studies out there on Cellulite! Phew – can you imagine HOW much reading that was? Of all the treatments that have been tested, 2 have PROMISE to actually reduce the appearance of Cellulite.
The thing with Cellulite is it’s KINDA hard to measure, I mean you can’t really get a tape measure in those dimples ‘ey! So a lot of studies measure it by appearance which is crazy subjective or by default measures like a reduction in thigh size. This is one of the reasons why Cellulite treatments are SO hard to PROVE! This is why I am saying PROMISE and not PROVEN.
We think these 2 treatments show a lotta promise to WORK, because they strengthen skin and might also ‘melt’ away some fat cells in the process.
So if you have reduced your body fat % AND been using some good creams to keep skin strong AND you still are in search of a treatment, make sure its acoustic wave therapy or 1440nm lasers!
HOW TO REDUCE CELLULITE: Professional treatments of acoustic wave therapy of 1440nm lasers.
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Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who is more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She is founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.