This topic came up again today - as with women it usually does! Cellulite! What is it - why do we get it - what can we do about it??
Here is my original blog post on Cellulite and some secret weapons if you want to read that first. I will repeat myself on some items in this current post.
The main thing you need to remember to is be consistent! Just like with exercise and eating clean - if you don't do it right....on a daily basis (every single day we wake up - we have a choice)
- so on a daily basis we have to make a conscious decision to take care of our body from the inside out with clean eating - then we can work from the outside in to meet a happy place in the middle.
There are plenty of links in this original blog post that will bring you to the items that are still in stock. I've given some alternatives if the item is out of stock and I will recap them all down below:
Use the oils with a Cellulite massage brush
I find that all of these (oils linked above) are pretty much the same product just different manufacturers. Ingredients and results are about the same. I truly like the oils the best but I try to use the combination of all the things listed for best results. Hey, it can't hurt!
My two favorite Cellulite creams are sold out ironically enough internet wide. The Body Merry Cream called Cellulite Defense and the Anushka. However this cream has almost the exact same ingredients as the Body Merry cream - TRY THIS ONE here
UPDATE: 6/1/17 The Anushka link is back in stock now however a bit pricey but I did see major results with it used on a daily basis. Bought mine at a spa in Athens. It will sell out again fast. It's probably one of the best on the market.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
Cellulite is also known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy in the medical field and as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon in colloquial language.
Dermatologists say that cellulite may affect up to 90% of women at some point in their lives.
Cellulite is often classified using three grades:
Grade 1 cellulite sees no clinical symptoms, but a microscopic examination of cells from the area detects underlying anatomical changes.
Grade 2 cellulite requires the skin to show pallor (pastiness), be lower temperature, and have decreased elasticity, in addition to anatomical changes noted by microscopic examinations.
Grade 3 cellulite has visible roughness of the skin (like an orange peel) along with all grade 2 signs.
What can we do about cellulite?
Unfortunately, at this time, researchers and doctors have not identified a cure for cellulite, or a treatment that may permanently reverse the effects.
However, there are strategies you may use to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite that may halt the progression of the process (that's why I've posted these helpful tips)
Exercise is ONE that will help! Booty and leg exercises to be specific.
As mentioned in my original post - you should try these things and see how your body reacts
My recipe for the MASK to use on your problem areas:
DRY BRUSHING - The first thing you want to do (and you want to try to do this every day) is to brush any of your “problem” areas gently with a DRY skin brush in an upward motion, moving the brush up towards your heart. This will bring in more blood and improve circulation along with oxygenation of your skin and slough off old dead skin cells and make your skin brighter and smoother. This alone is beneficial to do every day. If you’re wanting to do your face, make sure you get a small gentle brush and brush down towards your heart, only for a few minutes so you don’t irritate your skin too much.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SEAWEED MASK FOR YOUR PROBLEM AREAS - The next step (and you can do this once or twice a week if you want) is to make your seaweed skin mask.
RECIPE - I mixed one part kelp (seaweed) powder, with one part green clay and added enough water for it to become a loose paste. I would suggest using about 1/4 cup of each if doing a large portion of your body, or 2 tablespoons of each if you’re only doing your thighs. You can use water, olive oil, lemon juice etc to bind the paste together.
Once you have made your seaweed mask you can (in the shower or bathtub, trust me) gently rub it onto your desired area. Smooth it on in one direction for best results so it stays on and covers the most surface area, as opposed to rubbing it on in circles. Wrap your body in saran wrap and stand or lay down (on some more towels) (OR do like I do and just lay in the bath-tub without any water in it and chill) for about 30 minutes to let the product absorb into your skin.
Lastly just head back to the shower/tub and rinse off the seaweed mask. You should notice that your skin is much much smoother to touch and in appearance, and you’ll have far less dimpling from cellulite as well. I can't wait to hear your reviews and see your Snaps (follow me on SC at "HummerDriver) about these suggestions - xx H
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