Can you really get rid of cellulite — the bane of women everywhere?! Are there really so-called cellulite cures?
“Cottage cheese” thighs. “Orange-peel” skin. Call it what you want, cellulite is a beauty problem experienced by 85 to 98 percent of all women. What exactly is it? Cellulite is fat—fat cells bulge through cell walls into the skin’s middle layer, where they pull on connective tissue to create an unattractive, dimpled skin surface most noticeable on thighs, derriere and upper arms.
So, can you get rid of it? New research offers solutions to treat cellulite that can at least lessen the appearance of the bumpy lumps, giving hope for a more appealing look, if not eliminating it completely.
The question is–how hard are you willing to fight it? If you’re ready for the battle of the “bulge,” start by committing to an exercise program. Walking, biking, swimming, yoga, and running all help reduce the amount of fat on your body. That is a start! (But if you even glance at the tabloids, you know even top models and athletes have cellulite, so don’t get discouraged.)
Add foods to your diet that keep dermal cells, elastin and collagen in good condition. Cellulite expert Dr. Howard Murad, a board-certified dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at University of California, suggests increasing the amount of lecithin in your diet. That means adding foods such as eggs, spinach, cauliflower, and apples.
Also, add good protein sources such as lean meats, nuts and skimmed milk. This will increase the production of collagen and elastin. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to help fight and eliminate free-radicals which damage dermal cells. Oily fish provide essential fats that fight inflammation. A good diet is essential to lessen the appearance of cellulite, but adding healthy foods is only half of the equation. Plan to eliminate toxic elements such as smoking, alcohol, junk-food, soda, fat-producing foods such as sweets and empty carbohydrates such as doughnuts. You know, all the good stuff we really love!
Drink plenty of water to flush toxins.
Brush your skin daily with a natural plant fiber brush before bathing. It is a very healthy practice that stimulates the blood and lymph system, removes dead skin cells and encourages new cell growth.
Deep-tissue massage, cellulite creams and laser treatments also help, but should be considered part of the program listed above. There is no quick fix that will eliminate cellulite, but continued efforts will improve not only how you look, but how you feel.
Can you really get rid of cellulite? The jury is still out, but a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, and circulation-enhancing exercise is better than just wishing it away and hiding out all summer!