1/Definition of cellulite
Cellulite refers to the modification of the appearance of the epidermis due to changes in the structure of the adipose tissue.
When the body receives too much carbohydrates and cannot use it as immediate energy, it stores carbohydrates as triglycerides in the adipocytes. Fat cells are therefore small balls filled with fat. So far nothing unusual: it is vital to have a minimum of fat stored for energy reserves.
Sometimes the adipocytes do not fit together well and form a not very smooth agglomerate: the famous “orange peel” appearance. The skin is then all bumpy and sometimes shows dimples.
90% of women suffer from it, especially in the thighs and buttocks.
2% of men have it, but rather located on the stomach or chest.
Cellulite is aggravated by overweight but can also appear in thin women for other reasons, including hormonal ones.
There are 3 types of cellulite and knowing the cause helps to fight it.
It is possible to have mixed cellulite (several types at the same time) in which case, it will require several types of action.
1/ Adipose cellulite
-It is due to overweight with simply too many fat cells, the appearance of the skin loses its firmness.
-It is more visible when you pinch the skin and is not painful to the touch.
-It attenuates itself when fat tissue decreases.
This type of cellulite results from poor circulation with accumulation of water in the tissues.
Often the excess of fat cells prevents the blood from circulating properly and cellulite becomes adipose and watery.
This cellulite is painful when you pinch it. It is old and hard to touch. These are fat cells embedded in collagen fibers that have lost their elasticity. It develops over time and is more difficult to dislodge. In the long term, aqueous and adipose cellulites will become fibrous if they are not managed.
Hormonal changes and stress over the lifespan exacerbate this phenomenon, including the decline in DHEA, a hormone that decreases with age.
How to treat cellulite?
In this field it is important to know that there are no miracles or total disappearance of cellulite. It is still the result of genetic predispositions.
However, there are ways to improve its appearance and significantly reduce bumps.
1/ What to do if it is watery and you are not overweight:
Eat a balanced and low-salt diet to avoid water retention
-Do adapted sports such as aquabike, aquagym, cycling, walking, elliptical, zumba, swimming
-Do lymphatic drainage sessions (type of massage) to stimulate circulation
-Use massage suction cups with toning oils
-Take red vine supplements to boost blood circulation
-Spray a very cold jet of water on the legs to invigorate
-Do cardio sports to increase the heart rate and consequently the venous return
-Wear compression stockings especially if you are up during the day.
-Use pimpled soles for blood circulation
-Take a draining juice once a year (birch juice, dandelion, meadowsweet, etc.)
-Swimming in seawater
2/If you are overweight
-Cellulite may reflect a poor lifestyle.
-Eat a balanced diet, plenty of vegetables and lean protein.
-Remove saturated fats such as baked butter, cream, cheese, french fries, deli meats, pastries and chocolate.
-Remove white sugar and white flour
-Do the detox diet for 10 days to remove toxins and then Keto or Low carb depending on the weight you have to lose
Add aqueous anti-cellulite methods if overweight slows venous return.
More intense means must be used for this type of very persistent cellulite.
-Palpate-roll massage to break collagen fibers (manual or mechanical)
-Cryotherapy and lipocavitation to reduce adipocytes
-Jet shower to break fibres
-Take supplements that stimulate collagen and DHEA secretion
-Moisturize the skin by massaging with moisturizing and toning oils.
Other causes that may prevent you from succeeding:
1/ Stress and Hormones
If you have a hormonal disorder:
-Too much estrogen (with or without taking the pill)
-Intense and/or chronic stress, burn out (cortisol secretion)
-DHEA and testosterone deficiency
Some hormones such as estrogens and cortisol will promote cellulite.
It is more effective to work on the regulation of the hormonal cause than to work locally on the cellulite zone.
Do a hormonal check-up with the doctor.
-Take evening primrose and borage oil in capsules if menopause is present
2/ Alcohol and tobacco
-Alcohol and tobacco will use up a lot of your antioxidant resources.
-The lack of antioxidants leads to a loss of the elasticity of the skin’s collagen.
-This leads to premature ageing but also to sagging of the collagen fibres that support the adipose tissue.
Take antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, E, Zinc, selenium (a multivitamin food supplement) to compensate for losses.
3/ Vitamin deficiencies and lack of sleep
-If you eat little fruit and vegetables you will lack fibre and vitamin C.
-If you have sleep disorders it can also be linked because the lack of vitamin D and omega 3 plays a major role on the cell membrane.
-Excess caffeine can have an impact, so try not to exceed 3 coffees a day.
-Sedentary and constipation are aggravating factors.
There is no point in applying anti-cellulite cream if you do not put in place a precise plan of attack. It is important to act with several methods at the same time and especially to understand the main causes of your cellulite.
A wrong method for a wrong cause will not give you results.
And above all, think about the fact that 90% of women suffer from it so it remains normal.
Articles written by Elsa Orivel RD dietician at Foodvisor.