joi, 19 iulie 2012
Getting Rid of Cellulite: The Best Tips for Summer
With summer here, getting rid of cellulite could be one of your biggest concerns before the big wave of bikini season crashes into shore. Cellulite is a big nuisance for many women, and about 90% of women report that it is one of their biggest beauty blunders, aside from wrinkles and acne. So, is getting rid of cellulite as impossible a task as you might think? One of BistroMD’s very own expert dietitians gives her feedback on how to get rid of cellulite, and how you can prevent it from coming back. What Exactly Causes Cellulite?
When you start noticing those bumps behind your legs, it’s mainly because fat cells under the top layer of the skin are stuck between strands of connective tissue. This causes muscles to attach to your skin, which causes tiny bumps to appear on the surface. “One of the main causes of cellulite is believed to be poor circulation, which is often genetically inherited,” says Carrie Wissemeier, one of the lead dietitians for BistroMD. “If you have a family history of poor circulation, chances are that this is contributing to the physical appearance of cellulite bumps on your skin,” says Carrie. “This, in conjunction with fat cells, makes the bumps appear more frequently, and causes them to show up more prominently in areas, including your lower buttocks and thighs.” Why Don’t Men Have This Problem? Men don't have to stress and worry about cellulite simply because their connective tissue is structured differently than a woman's. “The structure of women’s connective tissue is vertical, while a man’s is angled, which means that fat cells aren’t able to push through as much,” says Carrie. “Because of this difference in connective tissue structure, excess fat isn’t able to push through, which limits the physical appearance of bumps on the skin.” What Are the Best Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite? Other than going through expensive liposuction procedures that can cost thousands of dollars, there are some remedies available in your local drug store that can reduce, (and help get rid of), the cellulite bumps that appear on your skin. Sadly, there isn’t a cure for cellulite, but there are things you can do to help you feel more confident about showing off your bikini body this summer. Some of the best solutions are skin-firming lotions that won’t break the bank. These lotions help by expelling excess moisture that can become trapped between bands of collagen in your connective tissue. “Many mainstream lotion brands actually have cellulite-specific products that work well on a budget,” says Carrie. One of these is from the beauty brand, Olay, and it actually uses natural extracts to help tone and firm your skin, while making it appear more vibrant and youthful. “Olay is one of the top beauty brands in the country, and their Olay quench firming body lotion can help reduce the appearance of cellulite bumps through the use of natural ingredients, like ginseng,” says Carrie. Another good product comes from the beauty brand, St. Ives. “St. Ives has a great gel shield cream that contains ingredients like caffeine to help firm skin. It also has hints of green tea, which soothes your skin, and it won’t cost you more than seven dollars,“ says Carrie. “This cream also contains menthol, so it is definitely something that will make you and your skin feel more relaxed.” Another great “getting rid of cellulite” product, comes from the beauty experts over at Jergens. What’s so great about this particular product is that it actually reduces the appearance of cellulite bumps, while helping you maintain a summer glow. “Jergen’s natural glow body lotion will help you maintain a bronze tone throughout the summer, but it also contains elasticity-boosting ingredients that will help reduce and prevent the appearance of cellulite bumps,” says Carrie. The benefit of the added bronzer? “It will make your skin look more toned and refreshed,” says Carrie. In addition to these beauty products, a healthy diet also plays the most important role when it comes to battling your cellulite bumps. “Eating the right meals, in combination with a balance of healthy nutrients, can also help prevent, and get rid of, cellulite. Nutrition is important when it comes to looking healthy, especially when it comes to your skin,” says Carrie. If you want to look good on the outside, it’s important that you fuel your body with the proper nutrition that it needs on the inside.