Cellulite can cause bumps or dimples in different areas of the body, especially the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks.
Although it is a harmless condition, for many people it can be uncomfortable and even affect body image and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are different options to reduce or eliminate it.
Cellulite is a skin condition that occurs when fatty tissue in the skin presses against connective tissue. It can affect everyone, although it is more common among women. It is estimated that almost 90% of women over the age of 21 have cellulite.
Cellulite usually develops on the buttocks or thighs because they are the areas that naturally have the most fatty tissue. In addition to sex, different factors can increase the risk of developing cellulite:
- Thinning of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).
- Family background.
- Weight gain (and therefore fat tissue).
- Bad circulation.
- Loss of collagen.
Remedies to reduce cellulite
Although there is no risk of having cellulite, it is common for many people to seek to eliminate or reduce it for aesthetic reasons. To do this, you can follow these tips:
It is common for it to be believed that cellulite only affects people with obesity. This is false, being overweight only makes it more noticeable since there is more fat under the skin and this affects the connective tissue.
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Therefore, losing weight is a good way to reduce cellulite. In addition to including a diet rich in healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein, you can do this by controlling the calories you eat and your portion sizes.
Another good way to reduce cellulite is through exercise. Physical activity not only helps you lose weight, but also favors the toning of different areas that are usually affected by this condition, such as the hips, thighs or buttocks.
Try 2-3 weekly sessions of 30 minutes each (with breaks included) of squats, jump squats, planks, lunges, and side lunges. You can incorporate dumbbells to enhance the benefits. Just be sure to stretch before and after your routine to avoid muscle strains.
You can also resort to combinations of aerobic exercises or “cardio”, a type of activity that is characterized by its low intensity developed over long periods of time, such as walking, swimming, yoga or cycling, and anaerobic exercises, which consist of in doing high intensity activities for short periods of time, such as sprinting or lifting weights.
You can complement exercise and diet with a series of self-massages or massages performed by a professional. This technique is ideal for fighting cellulite as it improves lymphatic drainage and helps stretch the skin tissue.
Creams can be applied during massage routines, although these alone will not end cellulite.
Health professionals recommend drinking between 2 and 2 ½ liters of water a day to keep the body hydrated and facilitate the transport of nutrients to the organs and tissues.
This is also helpful in reducing cellulite, as the water stimulates circulation and lymphatic flow.
In addition, the need for essential minerals, such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, among others, is satisfied.
Do not forget to consult the doctor
If you are interested in other types of treatments, such as laser therapy, radiofrequency or ultrasound, you should consult a dermatologist to evaluate your case and determine which is the best option.
Remember, the results of previously developed remedies, as well as professional procedures, are not permanent. To control the appearance of cellulite you must be constant in the application of these methods.
Until there is significant scientific evidence from human trials, people interested in using herbal therapies and supplements should exercise extreme caution.
Do not abandon or modify your medications or treatments, first talk to your doctor about the potential effects of alternative or complementary therapies.
Remember, the medicinal properties of herbs and supplements can also interact with prescription drugs, other herbs and supplements, and even alter your diet.
Sources consulted: Comprehensive Natural Medicines Database, US National Library of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.