The first mention of cellulite in the United States was in the April issue of Vogue magazine in 1968.
Since then, there have been years of debate around what cellulite is, why it occurs, and who experiences the skin condition.
Cellulite is said to affect 80-90% of post-adolescent females. In fact, the condition is so common that the prevailing mindset is that cellulite is the “normal condition of many women.”
Cellulite is a less common skin condition in men, but it is found more commonly in males with androgen deficiencies.
So what is cellulite?
Cellulite, also known as adiposis edemetosa (or “orange peel syndrome”), is the dimpled appearance of skin, usually found on the pelvic region and lower limbs.
Cellulite is what happens when fat cells push against the skin, through our connective tissue (the stuff that keeps our skin and muscle attached). What results is the bumpy, uneven skin surface that so many of us fret over.
Treatment of cellulite
The treatment and prevention of cellulite is also hotly contested. While there is no known “cure” for the condition, there are some ways to improve the appearance of your skin (that don’t involve surgery or harmful chemicals).
Addressing the cause of cellulite seems to make the most sense, but there are several factors can contribute to developing the condition: hormone imbalances, excess body fat, genetics, stress, etc.
As with any skin treatment, we’ll always suggest feeding your body first with the nutrients that you need. Getting enough sleep, managing stress, and building good habits will help address some of the causes of cellulite — and they’re going to improve other aspects of your health, too.
Dry skin brushing
Consider this a lymphatic system makeover. Not only does dry brushing improve the overall appearance of skin by exfoliating and stimulating it, but it helps with blood flow and promotes cell renewal.
A daily dry brushing before your shower is an easy and highly recommended practice — incorporating this into your normal regimen is said to provide near immediate results for healthier, happier skin.
Caffeine naturally stimulates the skin and has a tightening effect on it. Using a scrub several times a week along with your normal skin care routine will help to promote healthier skin — some studies suggest results in a couple of weeks.
Detox and Moisturize
Our fat cells are great at storing all sorts of things — energy, hormones, and especially toxins.
There are a few methods to help remove toxins (diet can help immensely here, too), including massage and a skin care regimen that includes the topical application of natural moisturizers.
One of our favorite methods of detoxing is through the use of seaweed. Natural seaweed is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and nourishing amino acids.
Seaweed is also a great weapon against toxins, because of its impressive ability to bind to harmful elements and safely remove them.
A Final Note
In the unending battle against imperfections and aging, it’s especially important to accept our bodies while we work on nurturing them. The methods we’ve suggested will not only help the appearance of dimpled skin, but also serve overall health and well-being.