Cellulite is herniation of fat that occurs due to specific changes in connective tissues. Contrary to popular belief, this problem isn’t caused by excess weight, though metabolic disorders do contribute to its appearance. Because of this, you can’t get rid of cellulite through exercise and even diet. However, they can enhance a complex treatment plan that will produce great results. But for this program to succeed you need to use a cellulite cream as well. Topical products can provide great benefits if they contain an effective mix of antioxidants and nutritional ingredients, which improve blood flow and collagen production.
How Is Cellulite Formed?
Cellulite is formed when small parts of fat ‘leak’ through the fibrous connective tissue and create tiny pockets under the skin. This makes your skin look ‘dimpled’, which is also referred to as ‘orange peel’. The main cause for this is the weakening of connective tissue, which occurs due to the reduction in collagen level. However, that weakening is caused by a combination of several factors, and scientists are unable to determine the exact reason and therefore prevent the appearance of cellulite.
One of the main contributing factors is hormones, specifically female hormone estrogen. That’s why cellulite is much more common in women. Statistically, 98% of women develop cellulite at some point in their lives, states data from Annales Academiae Medicae Stetinensis. The incidence of cellulite in men is much lower, but this problem can occur in any human being, regardless of age, constitution, race, and gender.
It’s known that some people have a genetic predisposition to cellulite. However, considering that it affects nearly all women, genes hardly matter. A fact that does matter is that cellulite is most prevalent in people leading high-stress lifestyles.
How to Get Rid of Cellulite: Treatment Plans and Role of Creams
As cellulite is not a result of diet or lack of exercise, neither can get rid of it. The best cellulite treatment plan should target your circulatory system and collagen production. Simply put, you can’t ‘undo’ fat herniation which caused the dreaded ‘orange peel’. But you can reduce its appearance by tightening, strengthening, and generally improving the condition of your skin.
This is why cellulite cream can help reduce cellulite. As a topical treatment, it will have the most potent effect on the affected area. An effective cream should include ingredients that stimulate blood flow and collagen production, like vitamin C, caffeine, and retinol. They will make the skin more flexible, tight, and smooth.
A good dose of antioxidant ingredients is also a must as they will help reduce skin damage and improve its general condition and tone. Make sure that aside from the aforementioned three, your cream also contains seaweed, avocado oil, vitamins E and sage oil. They will provide the antioxidants and also boost collagen production, which increases skin firmness, thus making it more smooth.
However, any cream also needs to enhance the beauty of your skin. That’s why effective cellulite creams must contain ‘caring’ ingredients. Moisturizing is most important for the health and beauty of your skin, so ingredients like Aloe Vera, which has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, are best.
But of course, there’s more than one way to increase collagen production, enhance skin firmness, and boost blood circulation. You can also achieve these changes through diet and exercise. This is why both can make your cellulite treatment plan much more efficient.
Nutrition-wise, you’ll need to consume all the same antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients that you get through creams. Caffeine is the only exception because drinking too much coffee affects your metabolism and can have a negative effect on blood circulation and general wellbeing.
As to exercise, cardio and resistance training will be most effective. One will boost your circulation in the most effective manner, and the other will strengthen your tissues and give your skin a natural ‘lifting treatment’.
Cellulite is a complex problem caused by many factors. Because of this, it’s very difficult to treat. Your program should target each of the possible causes and focus on achieving the best cosmetic results. It may be impossible to remove all signs of cellulite completely, but you can mask it very effectively by switching to a healthy lifestyle and using effective cellulite creams. Bear in mind that cellulite treatment is a lifelong commitment. You’ll have to stick with your new diet and exercise plan as well as occasionally repeat a cycle of cellulite cream applications (2-3 months) to prevent this problem from returning.