How to Fight Cellulite

Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

Cellulite is a cosmetic condition that affects an estimated 90 percent of post-adolescent women to some degree. Just flip through the pages of Us Weekly or People and you’ll see that even supermodel-thin celebs are afflicted with this dreaded skin condition. Marked by dimpled, uneven skin in the lower limbs and abdomen, it is the result of a combination of factors that distort the skin’s cellular substructure. While far from life-threatening, in a culture that prizes clear, smooth skin, it’s a condition that can nevertheless carry a steep emotional burden.

Cellulite affects the skin’s subcutis—a layer of connective tissue below the dermis. Here, fat is stored in large chambers separated by collagen fibers supporting the skin above. When either collagen weakens (as it does with age or poor circulation) or fat deposits become congested (as with weight fluctuation or internal inflammation), cellulite appears.

Treating cellulite involves targeting the source, or often sources, of the subcutaneous irregularity. Topical body products that stimulate collagen production can provide relief by rebuilding the skin’s weakened support system, but exercise (that elevates the heart rate for 30 minutes a day) with a caloric-restricted diet (low-sugar, low-fat; high-fiber) is by far the best treatment. This not only helps firm the skin, but also increases blood flow to problem areas. Proper water intake (8-10 glasses a day) also helps, by flushing toxins that can cause internal inflammation.

More often than not, successful treatment depends on a combination of solutions. By taking a holistic approach to the condition—one that includes exercise, diet and topical therapy—the appearance of cellulite can easily be diminished and skin can return to its youthful radiance!

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