Kicking Cottage Cheese Legs To The Curb

Frieda Pinto may have perfect derrièr and gams, but the rest of us mostly need a boost from time to time to brave a short-short dress or a skirt sans elastic support. Cellulite the archenemy of smooth stemmed legs showcased in a cute pair of shorts has dampened many a spirits across the globe, as it spares no race even skinny girls tremble and fall prey to its bumpy knobby pits. To beat cellulite you have to understand what’s going on under the skin and what remedies can actually alter and make a positive change.


What causes cellulite?


Having cellulite doesn’t necessarily mean you are overweight. Even thin people can have the curse of the unsmooth-legs. If you are overweight, however, losing weight may reduce cellulite to some degree. Another gender inequality fact that we need to swallow with grace here is that: cellulite plagues women more than men. If other women in your family have cellulite, consider your self partially doomed coz there’s a good chance you will too. Apart from gender and genetics other factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is include:

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and color of your skin

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Anatomy Of The Cellulite


We are already familiar with the reality that cellulite is the commonest topographical alteration seen mostly in females. I’d even go as far as saying, “if you’ve estrogen you’re bound to get cellulite too”. That being said, looking at cellulite means you have the skin surface changes in the form of orange peel or mattress appearance plus you also have deeper under the surface changes in the fat-cells and connective tissue fibers linking the skin to the muscles. Disturbances in blood and lymphatic microcirculation cause fibro-sclerosis (loss of elasticity) of the connective tissue resulting in non-inflammatory, degenerative phenomenon that provokes alterations to the hypodermis producing irregular undulations on the skin overlying the affected areas. Changes in the size of the fat cells in the under skin connective tissue pockets leads to worsening in cellulite over time.

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Quick Fix – Assume Camouflage Mode On

Cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin. If you have light skin and plan to be out in a bathing suit or short shorts, applying a self-tanner may make the bumps and dimples on your thighs less noticeable.


Gurl Brush That Body

Brushes made of prickly cactus bristles can help tame cellulite to some degree by sloughing off dead skin, stimulating skin collagen bundles supporting the skin as well as by improving lymphatic and blood circulation. Dry Buff your skin from feet upwards before shower, it’d hurt guaranteed but it will smooth out the cellulite riddle skin too – worth trying!


Waging A Roller Attack

No pain no gain gurls – Treating cellulite means waging war on the wobbly bits with full conviction. There are professional devises with rolling and kneading action as well as home use gadgets. They pinch, knead, and stimulate leaving behind red track marks but they do help in improving the surface contours to some degree. LPG is a popular endermologie device most commonly used in spas and clinics.


Smooth On A Blubber Tamer

Creams that claim to help cellulite contain caffeine, asiatic centella, ginko biloba, melillotus offincinalis extract, ruscus aculeatus, aminophylline, and vitamin A, the names are more than a mouthfuls but these agents work precisely. Coupled with massage, creams and mesotherapy incorporating these agents can reduce the appearance of lumps and bumps, but don’t expect any miracles in short term. Only time and patience along with healthy lifestyle can bring in the satisfactory rewards.


Technologies To The Rescue

Fat blasting, skin renewing and micro-circulation altering technologies are the only true and tested, body streamlining options when it comes to kicking cellulite to the curb. Body shaping technologies which give irrefutable results include lasers, radiofrequency, and ultrasound treatments coupled with vacuum massage. Optimal results are generated, by combining these technologies with Mesotherapy (fat busting medicine injections). Multiple treatment sessions are generally required to see quantifiable results and maintaining these results is only possible by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Laser-lipo is another bold treatment option, which can blast fat and renew and tighten the connective tissue underlying the skin, giving nice smooth results within a short period of time.


Real Skinny On Results

Although such remedies hold promise for keeping the skin look smooth and lump-free, but for staying cellulite free on long term, the best option isexercise, and, if needed,weight loss. Experts agree that the most effective exercise routine for cellulite is one that incorporatesaerobic exerciseandstrength trainingalong with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber.

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Shazia Ali
A certified dermatologist, Skincare guru to the who's who of the Middle East, Dr. Shazia knows the secrets of anti-aging, the insider tips and tricks on how to achieve healthy, beautiful radiant skin and everything in between. Currently the brand Ambasador for University of Westminster, and the head Dermatologist at Tababa Clinics.

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