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
- Side to Side
- All-Fours Kickback
- 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
“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.”
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