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Anti-Cellulite

Anti-Cellulite


Is there any way to eliminate the “cottage cheese” on your thighs and rear end? No, not really. But there are steps you can take to get rid of cellulite..

Cellulite, also known as gynoid lipodystrophy, is an aesthetic condition where fat deposits are visible underneath the skin, giving a dimpled effect. It can show up in any location, but the legs and bottom are most notable. Cellulite occurs in over 80% of the female population, with much fewer occurrences in men.

There are a number of different factors that cause cellulite. Excess estrogen, caused by hormonal imbalances or excess weight, can be a factor in cellulite production. Another hormone tied to cellulite is insulin. Imbalanced blood glucose levels found in people such as diabetics and pre-diabetics can cause cellulite. Stress also plays a huge roll in the development of cellulite.

Other factors that can cause cellulite are genetic predispositions, your sex, your race, underlying medical conditions, and your lifestyle. Scientists argue that there may be no cure for cellulite, but we can battle its appearance.

“Everyone has strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat to skin. In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-shaped pattern, so any increase of fat tends to bulge out like stuffing in a mattress. You see less cellulite in men because their fibers run horizontally, forming a criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.”

“Though cellulite can pop up any time, it is true that cellulite does seem to appear out of nowhere and get worse with age. That’s because our tissues change. Those strands of connective tissue thicken with age, and our skin gets thinner, making cellulite more noticeable. More importantly, we gain fat with age. The average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life.”

Source: Target Cellulite



*Exercises for Cellulite:

  • Side to Side

Muscles worked: Quadriceps, abductors, adductors, hamstrings, and glutes. 

  • All-Fours Kickback

Muscles worked: Gluteal muscles. Wear ankle weights to intensify the workout.

  • Lying Inner-Leg Lift

Muscles worked: Inner thighs

  • Squat and Side Lift

Muscles worked: Glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and abductors.

  • V-Leg Pull

Muscles worked: Outer thighs

  • One-Legged Lunge

Muscles worked: Glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings


  • Butt Kicks

Muscles worked: Glutes, lower back, hamstring 

  • Squats with Weights

Muscles Worked: Thighs, inner-thighs, glutes

*Dry Rubbing


“When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more succesful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs. But the more we looked into it, the more benefits we learned this relatively simple routine had to offer. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it’s fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your biggest organ, after all.”

“Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.”

“You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.”

Benefits: “In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.”

Source: Anti-Cellulite

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DIY Anti-Aging Mask

DIY Anti-Aging Mask




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Chelsea Handler’s $3000 Anti-Aging Remedy: Will It Make You Look 5-10 Years Younger? — Hollywood Life

Chelsea Handler looks like a different person in her latest Instagram pic, and it’s due to her ProFractional laser treatment.

via Chelsea Handler’s $3000 Anti-Aging Remedy: Will It Make You Look 5-10 Years Younger? — Hollywood Life

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Defeat Wrinkles & Love Your Face!

I want to share with you all about my new wrinkle cream regiment, but it’s so much more than just that! I will be 34 this September 6th, and I am so proud of what my skin looks like due to me using Meaningful Beauty since December, when I got it as a gift from my husband. Look at my photo, and if you think I look damn good, keep reading. 

I began using Meaningful Beauty, by Cindy Crawford because I wanted to try it since Cindy’s before and after pictures of her in her 20’s and now, I knew I had to give it a try. 

I started with 6 products that were in a promotional kit. There was a cleanser, Serum, Lotion with SPF, a Glowing Serum, an Ultra Lifting & Filling Treatment and Eye-Lifting Cream. That may seem like a lot, but I use only a small amount each day, and only some of the products during the day, and the others at night. My face constantly feels like I’m 20-years-old, and I am told that everywhere I go. 34, yet carded to buy a lotto ticket. Every time. 

I start with the cleanser, which is very unique, because you do not use any water to begin. You just put a little bit in your hand, wash your face dry but then rinse it off with some warm water. Odd, yes it may seem so, but the results are my skin does look younger. 

Next, I put on this serum you see above. This is not the Glowing Serum. This product makes my face feel smoother, as well as its color is more all one color. That’s a win for me! Being German and Irish, I have an uneven skin tone. 

The final product I put on in the AM is this, their Day Cream with SPF. I like how light-weight this lotion is. It moisturizes my skin with only using a small amount. My Clinique lotion takes 2 1/2 pumps for me to stay moisturized all day. With this product I only use about half of a pump. There is magic in this lotion also, because it too, makes my face look healthier and brighter. 

My PM routine uses the other products that I have. I do not use these products during the daytime because it is too much moisture for my face. That is how intense these products really are. 

I wash my face, put on some lotion, then I apply the Ultra Lifting & Filling Treatment. This product is like a mini facelift for me. It keeps me feeling fresh and my small lines or wrinkles are completely filled in by the morning.  

Next, I put on one pump of the Glowing Serum, and this product is my favorite, hands down, over any product I’ve ever used! It makes the skin color near my nose the same color and tone, almost looks like I’m blushing, but naturally. I can’t say how well this product works. If you only try one product from Meaningful Beauty, it’s this that you’ll see the most results from. 

Finally, the last thing I do before bed is put on my Eye-Lifting Cream. I put it in my crows feet, and under my eyes, and around my laugh lines. I feel like this product has turned back my eye about five years of aging. My skin was starting to fold over on the eyelid before I use this product, and now the skin is completely pulled back and you can once again see all parts of my eyelid. That’s amazing to me. I was a cheerleader and dancer my whole life, and still am a dance teacher to this day. So you can imagine the amount of laugh lines I have building up but this align really does help me stay young and turn back the time. 

When you do apply anything to your eye, always use your ring finger. It is the weakest finger on the hand, and it will be the most gentle to that part of the skin on your face. There are no pours directly underneath your eyes which is why we do not sweat under our eyes, but this is very gentle skin that can be pulled very easily which causes us more wrinkles. So applying your wrinkle cream with your index finger is doing you no good. So start using that ring finger and stop doing damage to your eye today!!! Here’s how to properly apply creams on your face:

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Say It Forward Anti-Stigma Campaign

Anti-Stigma Campaign

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Monday, October 6, 2014 – 12:00 to Sunday, October 12, 2014 – 12:00 – See more at: http://www.ibpf.org/event/say-it-forward-anti-stigma-campaign#sthash.02RLDwrY.dpuf

“When it comes to mental health conditions, silence is not golden. Silence breeds stigma, and stigma prevents people from seeking life-saving treatment and support.

Please join the International Bipolar Foundation and our partners in a social media campaign the week of Oct. 6-12 to fight the stigma of mental illness and encourage those who need it, to seek treatment. Help us “bust the stigma” by “saying it forward.””

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“When we separate myth from fact, stigma loses its power and seeking treatment is less scary for those who need help. Help me fight stigma!”

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“Starting Oct. 6, visit SayItForwardCampaign.org to share the facts and shatter the myths of mental illness through email, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You can also share your stories and stigma-busting triumphs by using the hashtags #BustTheStigma and #SayItForward. Last year we reached more than a million people, and with your support, we hope to surpass that milestone this year.”

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