Cellulite and Me:
As if turning 30 wasn’t hard enough, it seemed to coincide perfectly with the arrival of my new nemesis. Like a warped gift from the universe, an unsightly reminder that I have existed for 3 decades. Hello cottage cheese thighs.
I thought I’d dodged this bullet, that I was one of the lucky few. I’d hoped I was genetically gifted and that I didn’t have to deal with it. Like an innate immunity to cold sores? (Don’t tell me they come when you hit 40!?). But alas, I am not so lucky. I have been blessed to inherit a few wonderful genetic traits from my dear parents, thick hair, freckles (yes, I like them) and small feet, but an abscence of cellulite is not one.
Why do we get Cellulite? How can you Prevent it?
Lucky enough to still be young enough that you think you don’t have to worry about it? Cellulite affects 90% of women at some stage in their lives. So, it is never to early to look after yourself. Though prevention is better than cure, sadly there is very little we can do to prevent our skin resembling orange peel.
Cellulite is essentially your normal fat layer beneath the skin. However sometimes it causes tissue to pucker and dimple as it pulls on your connective tissue. It can affect women and men of any age and weight.
Women get cellulite more than men because we store more fat around the hips and thighs (though rumour has it some men do suffer too, approximately 10%) and we have less connective tissue support in this area than men.
Hormones also play a role, as estrogen reduces we experience a breakdown in connective tissues and a loss of collagen. This is why some may feel cellulite is “part and parcel” of the aging process.
Genetics are also known to play a role. If Mamma has it chances are you’re gonna get it.
Smoking– yes its responsible for a lot of beauty concerns. Smoking reduces blood flow to your tissues and therefore can lead to the breakdown of connective tissue- the very structures you need to stop your skin puckering like a bag of marbles.
How to Get Rid of Cellulite:
Cellulite is to womens’ thighs, what Japanese Knot-weed is to gardens. The reality is, once its there its a bugger to get rid of. But, have hope, it is not impossible. Sometimes though, its all about the art of disguise and not a dissappearing act all together.
- Dry body brushing- This is the bread and butter, anti-cellulite trick of the raw, po-biotic, macro diet, juice cleansing, vegan celeb croud (Gisele Bundchen, im talking about you!). I have been doing this for 3 months. For those of you that havent spent a quarter of a year doing this i’ll explain. This is the process of (sharp intake of breath people) running a dry brush over your “problem spots” in circular motions. I do this every other day. It provides a really good exfoliation if nothing else. But, I genuinely feel it has improved the appearance of my knotweed, ahem, I mean cellulite.
- Topical creams and scrubs- Many claim to be heroes. Few, if any are. I have tried them all (probbably not true, but it feels like it). One has stood up against the others in results. With regular use Brazillian Bum Bum Cream (pronounce boom boom cream, im told!) is an all over moisturiser that smells like coconuts and the beach combined. Its thick and rich in texture and I apply it religiously to my thighs after a “dry brushing”.
- The art of disguise is two tiered. Firstly a tan works wonders to hide a multitude of sins. However, if like me, melanin is something you find hard to muster then you’ll find yourself reaching for the bottle. The issue is, I cannot bear fake tan. The smell, the colour, the faux-pas… its all too much for me. Until recently, I went off-piste whilst doing an Ocado shop (other online supermarkets are available) and found myself browsing their range of beauty products. Next day delivery happened, and I havent looked back. St Tropez in shower gradual tan is a total hero product. You can gradually build a deeper tan depending on what you are looking for. For me, it takes me one step away from “snow white-pale” and thats exactly how I like to be.
- The second tier is application of a shimmering body oil (more for holidays when your bare legs have to face the world in shorts). The sparkles and shimmers in NUXE Huile Prodigieuse creates a “satin stocking” effect that works miracles in terms of making skin feel smooth.
- Exercise- Particularly lenghtening and toning such as Yoga combined with cardio really help. This builds and strengthens the weakened coonective fibres that allow cellulite to appear in the first place. Yes, people who exercise experience ups and downs- its called squats people! we should all be doing them.
Do you have an anti-cellulite hero product or tip? Please share below, i’d love to hear it.