Cellulite, according to Medical News Today, is a condition where the skin seems to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled appearance. Although the onset of cellulite usually happens after puberty, other factors such as rapid weight gain, pregnancy, eating fatty foods, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle can all contribute to this undesirable “orange peel” look.
PREVENTING CELLULITE Avoiding factors that can worsen the condition is key. A healthy diet with lots of raw fruits and veggies, regular exercise and keeping your weight down will all work for you. Avoid smoking and overindulging in alcohol. Drink enough fluids and make sure you sleep well and practice yoga or meditation to reduce stress.
GETTING RID OF CELLULITE Once the dimples are on your thighs, tummy or even your arms, you can reduce their appearance by following the same guidelines that you’d use to prevent it in the first place. In addition, you can also turn to at-home treatments. Although these are not usually endorsed by medical experts, some do seem to reduce the appearance of dimpling. Perhaps this is because they may improve circulation as they provide heat and require that you massage the affected areas.
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We’ve tested all of the products below, and we’ve seen some positive results. But before you try any of these, make sure you consult with a doctor, and avoid them if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Vichy CelluDestock ($39.50): This European classic is easy and pleasant to apply. Caffeine seems to be the secret agent in this product. Not a miracle solution, but if massaged into your thighs twice a day, you should see an improvement in the dimples, especially if you also follow the healthy guidelines above. We like it!
It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator ($99): You know that miracle wrap that´s all the buzz? Well, while we can’t assure you that the results will last, the wrap certainly has a visible tightening and smoothing effect. Apply it on the body part of your choice for 45 minutes and see for yourself. It’s pricey, but if you want to look smoother for a day at the beach, it may be worth the splurge.
Guam Seaweed Mud ($69): This a bit more complex to apply. You apply the mud on thighs or belly with a spatula or a beauty-store brush, and then wrap yourself in plastic wrap and wait 45 minutes. You can do this every two days the first week and then go down to once a week. Over time, in conjunction with diet and exercise, you will see a difference.
Disclaimer: A sample was received by the writer from the manufacturer. Opinions are our own. Neither Mamiverse nor its reviewer received compensation for this article.