by Melissa David, Lead Esthetician
What looks like cottage cheese and is sometimes referred to as "orange peel skin"? If you guessed cellulite you are right. With temperatures rising and the presence of summer beginning to show, putting on that cute summer dress or wearing shorts is a more common occurrence these days. Having your body look and feel its best, will bring on a new sense of confidence and poise and should be a big priority this summer and all year round.
Cellulite is not a disease nor is caused by solely an of excess body fat. Cellulite can happen to anyone, it is directly correlated to genetics, hormones, poor diet, hypothyroidism, and lack of exercise. These factors can affect the circulatory and lymphatic functions of the thigh area, allowing the fat cells found in the deepest layer of the skin to swell and expand constricting the flow of nutrients to skin cells along with the breakdown of the connective tissue that securely holds these tissues together. As the fat cells bulge through the cracks of weakened connective tissue or collagen, the skin begins to resemble the appearance of cottage cheese. With circulation comprised and stagnant bodily fluids present in the lower extremities the cells are swimming in metabolic waste and unable to receive nutrients and water from the added pressure, the proper functioning of the skin is now it question.
To keep the body in tip top shape, a healthy, balanced diet is essential start by eliminating foods saturated with hydrogenated oils and laced with sugars to decrease the amount of toxins and fat deposits within the body.
Eating healthy will not only provide the body with energy but with antioxidants and nutrients to support and maintain the structure of connective tissue found within the body as well. Cellulite is a specialty skin concern and in order to alter the appearance and drive results, targeting the origin of the issue which resides within the dermis through various creams, massage, and specialized treatments is only one treatment option. Supplementing the diet with targeted nutrients is also beneficial to allow the body to manage, cope, and balance the flow of blood and reduce toxins throughout the lower extremities. The root of true beauty originates from the way we nourish ourselves from within, through 'internal skincare" lasting visible results will be more likely to follow.
Not only is cellulite an issue for most women, but also varicose and spider veins can develop over the course of time. As the valves in the veins begin to fail, decreasing the vein cell integrity and increasing the pressure of the blood passing through the veins, this constant state of pressure weakens the pliability of the veins and eventually the veins collapse, pooling blood to the surface. This creates the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Simple things like avoiding salt to eliminate water retention and bloating can help reduce pressure, even wearing compression stockings to increase circulation, or doing a series of hot/cold packs to the legs in thirty minute increments are easy alternatives. The skin is the body's largest organ and next to regular application of products and treatments; one must be consistent to their routine. A conscious effort to develop healthy habits and a consistent dose of targeted actives toward a particular skin concern will achieve results. In this case of working with cellulite and veins, antioxidants like Vitamin C and E will be great to prevent inflammation, while astringents like witch hazel and horse chestnut will tighten and tone, while herbs like ginkgo and gotukola will promote circulation.
As for treatment, step one is getting started on the right type of professional service specifically for cellulite in conjunction with topicals and internal supplements that provide a comprehensive approach to results that last. There are many options available but here is what we would recommend. Our professional services incorporate the use herbs and essential oils to deliver results.
Cellulite & Vein Improvement Tips!
Diet & supplments
- Eat a diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables
- Take a multivitamin and an Omega 3,6,9 Fatty Acid supplement daily
- Take our Vein Health Herbal Extract 2-3 times per day
- Apply our Varix - Leg Health Body Ceutic Products daily.. scrub, masque and serum!
Try our Cellulite Reduction Treatment which includes a scrub, masque and massge with ourVarix Leg Health Body Ceutics Products. 5 treatments within 5 weeks has been found to reduce the appearance of cellulite as much as 50% or more in most individuals.